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About Russ Ivanac - RotoBaller

Lifelong Detroit sports fan with an Engineering background, so I’ve definitely looked at the numbers behind why my favorite teams have disappointed me. Watches the games and the charts, not sure which to blame when I lose.

Russ Ivanac - RotoBaller has written 497 articles so far, you can find them below.


Evan Rodrigues Kicks Off Rout of Red Wings with Two Goals

Buffalo Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues picked up his first goal of the season early in the first period, and quickly added his second only a few minutes later, as Buffalo downed Detroit. His second goal came on the power play, giving him his first power-play point of the season as well. It has been a... Read More

5 days ago

Dylan Larkin Extends Streak to Six Games in Loss

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin picked up his 19th assist of the season on a goal from Madison Bowey during Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Sabres. Larkin now has points in six consecutive games and eight points across his last eight games, marking his most productive stretch since the first games of the season.... Read More

5 days ago

Lone Goal From Jamie Benn Not Enough for Stars on Saturday

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn scored his 11th goal of the season Saturday night, but the Dallas offense could not muster anything more than that in the 2-1 loss. Benn's marker came on the power play, same as his most recent two points and eight of his 22 total points this season. If there is... Read More

5 days ago

Patrick Marleau Plays Hero in Milestone Game

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored the game-winning goal Saturday night as the Sharks beat the Stars 2-1. Marleau's eighth goal of the season came during the 1700th regular-season game of his career, a fitting way to cap off the night for the league's leader in career games played among active players. Marleau has... Read More

5 days ago

Tyler Bertuzzi Kicks Off Scoring for Red Wings in Win

Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi scored the game's first goal on Friday night, before adding an assist on Dylan Larkin's second-period goal. The one-two punch of Larkin and Bertuzzi proved to be more than Ottawa could handle as Larkin scored the eventual game-clinching goal in the shootout as well. Bertuzzi had quietly been having... Read More

6 days ago


Colin White, Senators Fall Just Short in Comeback Effort

Ottawa Senators forward Colin White picked up a goal and an assist in Friday night's shootout loss to the Red Wings. White's two points erased Detroit's 2-0 lead in the second period, but neither team was able to notch another goal in regulation or overtime. The two-point night was the first multi-point night of the... Read More

6 days ago

Offensive Attack Led by Clayton Keller Grounds Flyers

Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller scored two goals on five shots Saturday night, including one on the power-play, as the Coyotes won their third consecutive game. Keller now has points in two straight games and 32 points on the season. His 12 goals are now only two shy of his total from last season and... Read More

2 weeks ago

Cold Streak Continues for James van Riemsdyk

Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk failed to pick up a point for the fifth straight game as the Flyers lost to the Coyotes 6-2. Normally a key piece of the power-play attack, van Riemsdyk has been working with the second power-play unit this year and has only three power-play points to show for it.... Read More

2 weeks ago

Pavel Buchnevich Snaps Scoreless Streak Saturday Night

New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich notched his seventh goal of the season Saturday night as the Rangers fell 2-1 to the Canucks. Buchnevich had gone six games without a goal before Saturday, marking his third-longest goalless streak of the season. After breaking the 20-goal threshold last season, it has been a disappointing step backward... Read More

2 weeks ago

Two Assists From Bo Horvat Stretches Hot Streak to Three Games

Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat registered an assist on both of Vancouver's goals in Saturday night's 2-1 win over the Rangers. Horvat now has multi-point efforts in each of his last three games and points in four of his last five games. With 35 points in 42 games, Horvat is on pace to set a... Read More

2 weeks ago


Dylan Larkin Scores 10th Goal Of Season

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin kicked off the scoring Friday with a first-period goal that would end up being Detroit's only goal of the contest. Dallas followed with four goals of their own as Detroit failed to respond. After a breakout campaign last season where Larkin scored 32 goals, his production has fallen off,... Read More

2 weeks ago

Esa Lindell Drives Scoring for Stars on Friday

Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell picked up the primary assist on three of Dallas' four goals on Friday in a win over the Red Wings. Lindell's first multi-point night of the season gives him 14 assists and 16 points on the year. Not known for his offensive contributions, Lindell is now on pace to reach... Read More

2 weeks ago

Dominant Streak Continues for Artemi Panarin in Loss

New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin pocketed a goal and three assists in a 7-5 loss to the Oilers. After falling behind 6-0 in the game, Panarin led a charge of four straight goals, registering a point on each of them. The late-game offensive flurry from Panarin gave him his third consecutive game with at... Read More

2 weeks ago

Hat Trick from James Neal Lifts Oilers to Victory

Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal scored his second hat trick of the season on Tuesday night as the Oilers topped the Rangers 7-5. Two of Neal's goals came on the power play, giving him 12 power-play goals this season, which trails only David Pastrnak's 13 power-play goals. After scoring at least 20 goals in every... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jakub Voracek Sets Up Two in Loss to Kings

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek dished a pair of assists late in Tuesday night's game against the Kings, leading a comeback effort that ultimately fell short. Voracek has had the hot playmaking hand of late, picking up seven assists in his last six games. He also has a single goal on eight shots in that... Read More

2 weeks ago


Adrian Kempe Gives Kings Special Teams Spark in Win

Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe picked up a short-handed goal and a power-play assist on Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Flyers. Kempe's two points came on two of the four goals that the Kings scored either on the power play or penalty kill. Anze Kopitar also picked up a pair of power-play assists... Read More

2 weeks ago

Torn Meniscus Sidelines Joonas Korpisalo for Columbus

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee and underwent surgery to repair it on Monday. He is expected to miss four to six weeks, leaving Elvis Merzlikins as the de facto starter until his return. Columbus is likely in line for a drop-off in net... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jake Guentzel to Miss Remainder of Regular Season

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel underwent shoulder surgery after being injured in Monday night's game. His recovery timeline is estimated to be four to six months, leaving little doubt as to whether he will be able to return this regular season. Guentzel was on pace for a career year with 43 points in 39 games,... Read More

2 weeks ago

Brayden Point Finishes Off Detroit With Third-Period Goal

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point scored a power-play goal in the third period, sealing the game for Tampa Bay. Point's 15th goal of the season came with assists from Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos. Point and Stamkos led the Lightning attack, each registering five shots on net in the contest. With 31 points in... Read More

3 weeks ago

Slumping Robby Fabbri Scores Lone Goal in Loss

Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri tied the game with a first-period goal against the Lightning, but Detroit failed to muster any more offense, falling 2-1 to Tampa Bay. Detroit managed only 20 shots on net as a team, led by Luke Glendening's five shots, but Fabbri was the only one able to convert. Fabbri... Read More

3 weeks ago


Anze Kopitar Leads Attack, Falls Short to Vancouver

Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar scored a goal and an assist in Saturday night's 3-2 loss to the Canucks. Kopitar is no stranger to being the primary driver of offense in Los Angeles, but in a game where the Kings put 51 shots on net, they were not able to score a goal that... Read More

3 weeks ago

Jacob Markstrom Endures Kings Attack, Picks Up Win

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 49 of 51 shots on Saturday night, earning a win over the Kings. It was the fourth consecutive win for Markstrom, who faced his heaviest workload of the season. Vancouver also had 31 blocks, led by Alexander Edler with seven blocks, which underscores how one-sided the chances were in... Read More

3 weeks ago

Jeff Skinner to Miss Up to Four Weeks for Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner was injured in Friday's matchup, and according to the team he will miss the next three to four weeks with an upper-body injury. No further details regarding the injury were released by the team, but there is speculation that it is a shoulder injury. Skinner has been inconsistent this season,... Read More

3 weeks ago

Aaron Dell Plays Well in Loss

San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell stopped 35 of the 38 shots that he faced from the Kings on Friday in a 3-2 overtime loss. His .921 save percentage in this game gave him back-to-back games with a save percentage over .900 percent for only the second time this season and rose his season average... Read More

3 weeks ago

Jeff Carter Steers Kings Comeback Victory Over Sharks

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter registered a point on every Los Angeles goal on Friday night as the Kings topped the Sharks 3-2 in overtime. Carter capped off the game with an overtime goal after assisting on both of Martin Frk's third-period goals. The goals were Frk's first of the season and were both... Read More

3 weeks ago


Pair of Goals From Brayden Schenn Seals Victory for Blues

St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn scored a pair of first-period goals Monday night, including one with the man advantage. Schenn led all Blues forwards with two goals and three shots, despite logging only 16:08 minutes of ice time, which was his third-lowest usage of the season. The slightly limited minutes is more likely a... Read More

3 weeks ago

Alex Iafallo Chips in Lone Goal for Kings in Loss

Los Angeles Kings forward Alex Iafallo scored a power-play goal in the closing minutes of the first period, putting a cap on the scoring Monday night as the Kings lost to the Blues 4-1. Now with 18 points in 39 games, Iafallo is on pace to eclipse his career-best 33 points from last season. He... Read More

3 weeks ago

Quinn Hughes Leads Late Surge, Lifting Canucks Over Oilers

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes scored the game-winning goal Monday night as the Canucks defeated the Oilers 4-2. The goal came midway through the third period on the power play, with assists from J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser. Hughes snapped a three-game scoreless streak with the goal and now has 27 points in 37 games... Read More

3 weeks ago

Oscar Klefbom Scores in Loss to Vancouver

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored his fourth goal of the season on Monday as the Oilers fell to the Canucks. The second-period goal was Klefbom's second power-play goal of the season and staked Edmonton to a 2-1 lead that would later collapse into a 4-2 loss. Klefbom now has 23 points in 40 games,... Read More

3 weeks ago

Mats Zuccarello Leads Wild Night for Minnesota

Minnesota Wild forward Mats Zuccarello picked up a goal and two assists, including the game-winner, in an 8-5 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday night. Minnesota had a trio of players register three points with Eric Staal and Marcus Foligno joining Zuccarello in the scoring bonanza. Zuccarello is now on pace for 56 points this... Read More

4 weeks ago


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