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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 455 articles so far, you can find them below.


Andreas Athanasiou Heating Up, Scores Again for Detroit

Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou scored his second goal of the season on Sunday as the Red Wings defeated the Golden Knights 3-2. Athanasiou's goal came on the power play, his first power-play tally of the season, and puts more distance between him and his ice-cold start to the season. After failing to score... Read More

4 days ago

Jonathan Marchessault Kicks Off Scoring for Vegas in Loss

Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault scored his fourth goal of the season on Sunday in a 3-2 loss to Detroit. Marchessault now has 12 points in 19 games but is on pace for only 17 goals this season. He has not scored fewer than 25 goals in a season where he has played at... Read More

4 days ago

Hot Streak for Alex Pietrangelo Helps Blues Over Flames

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo added to his growing point streak by recording two assists in Saturday night's overtime victory. Pietrangelo now has at least a point in six of his last seven games and 10 points total in that time. A game-high 26:15 minutes of ice time for Pietrangelo gives him four games... Read More

5 days ago

Win Streak Snapped for David Rittich on Saturday

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich held the Blues to two goals in regulation Saturday night before conceding the game-winning goal in overtime. Rittich made 25 saves on 28 shots but was able to lock down the St. Louis offensive attack in the third period, giving his team a chance to erase the two-goal deficit and... Read More

5 days ago

Game-Winner from Cale Makar Leads Avalanche in Win

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar scored a pair of second-period goals on Saturday night, the second one being the eventual game-winner. Makar also logged a game-high seven shots on net, which is his highest shot total of the season. The rookie rearguard had plenty of hype surrounding him after debuting in the playoffs last season... Read More

5 days ago


Two More Points for Nazem Kadri in Saturday Victory

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri picked up a goal and an assist on Saturday night in a 2-1 win over Columbus. After seeing his role shrink a bit with Toronto last year, Kadri is thriving with Colorado, scoring 12 points in 16 games and 0.35 goals per game. That scoring rate is roughly on pace... Read More

5 days ago

Red Hot Debut for Robby Fabbri with Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri wasted no time in making an impact with his new team, scoring two power-play goals on Friday night against Boston. Fabbri was traded from St. Louis earlier this week and started his Red Wing career on a line with Andreas Athanasiou and Valteri Filppula on Detroit's second line. More... Read More

6 days ago

Anthony Mantha Scores 10th Goal of Season in Win

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha scored an empty-net goal late in Detroit's Friday night win over Boston. Mantha also picked up a power-play assist earlier in the contest. Mantha is now one of only 10 players to score at least 10 goals this season and has registered the third-most shots on net in the... Read More

6 days ago

First Shutout of the Season For Mikko Koskinen

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped all 29 shots from the Devils on Friday night, earning him his sixth win of the season. After finishing last season with a .906 save percentage, Koskinen is off to a much better start this season with a .927 save percentage across nine appearances. Some of his inconsistencies from... Read More

6 days ago

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Breaks Three-Game Skid with Pair of Helpers

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins broke a three-game scoreless streak by setting up goals by Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson on Friday night. Nugent-Hopkins now has 10 assists on the season but has only scored a single goal. Regularly Edmonton's third most used forward, Nugent-Hopkins is receiving plenty of opportunities but has struggled to make... Read More

6 days ago


Corey Crawford Briefly Exits Game, Able to Return in Loss

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 44 shots from the Kings in a 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday. While it was one of Crawford's better outings this year, it is more notable because Crawford was temporarily removed from the game after taking a shot to the facemask. Crawford was able to return... Read More

2 weeks ago

Struggles Continue for Ilya Kovalchuk in Kings Win

Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk put a game-high five shots on net but was unable to convert on any of them, giving him his sixth consecutive game without a goal. Kovalchuk has three goalless streaks of at least six games last year on his way to a career-low 0.25 goals per game rate. Now... Read More

2 weeks ago

Heavy Workload for Alex Edler Continues on Saturday

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler logged a game-high 29:18 minutes of ice time Saturday night as the Canucks beat the Sharks 5-2. Edler has seen more than 29 minutes of ice time in each of the last two games, which are the only games this season his usage has been so high. It is no... Read More

2 weeks ago

Elias Pettersson Leads Canucks Over Sharks With Two-Goal Night

Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson scored two goals in Saturday's win, giving him six goals and 20 points in only 14 games. Pettersson's second tally of the night came on the power play, giving him his second power-play goal of the season. On a per-game basis, Pettersson is scoring at a very similar rate to... Read More

2 weeks ago

Connor Hellebuyck Sharp Against Sharks Attack in Win

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 51 of the 53 shots he faced Friday as the Sharks heavily outshot the Jets. The Jets scored three goals on 19 shots but offered little support defensively for Hellebuyck, who managed to stop 10 shots across San Jose's two power-play opportunities. It was Hellebuyck's heaviest workload of the... Read More

2 weeks ago


Two Assists From Kyle Connor Helps Jets Scrape by Sharks

Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor tied for a team-high four shots on goal Friday night, but it was his passing skills that made the difference, as he recorded two assists in the 3-2 victory. Connor now has eight points on the season and four points in his last four games, but the most encouraging part... Read More

2 weeks ago

Anthony Mantha Leads Scoring for Detroit in Loss to Hurricanes

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha pocketed a pair of goals on five shots Friday, including his fourth power-play goal of the season. In a 7-3 loss to the Hurricanes, Mantha and linemate Andreas Athanasiou were the majority of Detroit's offensive attack, generating plenty of opportunities despite cashing in only once at even-strength. Mantha now... Read More

2 weeks ago

Dougie Hamilton Has Six-Game Point Streak

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton picked up an assist in each period of Friday night's win over Detroit, giving him his fifth career three-assist game. Hamilton has been one of the most productive defensemen in the league so far this season, scoring 16 points in 13 games with six of those points coming on the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Sebastian Aho Leads Rout of Red Wings With Three Points

Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho scored two goals and an assist Friday night as the Hurricanes buried the Red Wings 7-3. Aho had a slow start to the season, only recording a single point in his first six games, but that is well behind him now as he has five points in his last three... Read More

2 weeks ago

First Goal of Season by Mikko Koivu Helps Wild Over Kings

Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu tallied a goal in the third period of Saturday's 5-1 win against the Kings. The 15-year veteran scored his first of the year, and now has five points and 27 shots for the season. Koivu has a career 9.1 shooting percentage, and was able to match that with a 9.0... Read More

3 weeks ago


Matt Dumba gets first Multi-Point Game of the Season in Win

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba set up a pair of goals Saturday night, getting the primary assist on goals by Gerald Mayhew and Joel Eriksson Ek. On a day where Minnesota had offense come from all parts of their lineup, scoring five goals from five different players, Dumba was the only player to earn more... Read More

3 weeks ago

Strong Third Period from Michal Kempny Caps Comeback

Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny scored back-to-back goals late against the Canucks to tie the game and force overtime. Kempny now has five points in five games this season after missing the start of the season due to a hamstring injury. Not known for his offensive prowess, Kempny is coming off of a career-best 25... Read More

3 weeks ago

Brock Boeser's Power-Play Goal Fuels Early Rally for Canucks

Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser kicked off the scoring for Vancouver on Friday, netting a power-play goal and then an assist on Elias Pettersson's goal. Boeser's marker was the first of a five-goal barrage from Vancouver, but Washington was able to recover and steal a win in the shootout. Boeser led all Vancouver forwards in... Read More

3 weeks ago

Lars Eller Helps Spark Comeback Win for Capitals

Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller scored a goal and an assist late in Friday's comeback win against the Canucks. Eller pitched in an assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal, then converted a short-handed opportunity to start the third period, getting the ball rolling on erasing Vancouver's four-goal lead. Less than 10 minutes later, the Capitals fully... Read More

3 weeks ago

Two Helpers From Jack Eichel Lifts Sabres Over Red Wings

Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel registered two assists in Buffalo's 2-0 victory over Detroit on Friday. It was Eichel's fifth multi-assist game of the young season, giving him six points in his last three games. In a bit of a scoring oddity, Eichel has not had a game yet where he has only picked up... Read More

3 weeks ago


Goal Drought Continues for Andreas Athanasiou

Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou failed to score a goal on three shots against Buffalo, stretching his goalless start to the season one game further. After scoring 30 goals last year, breaking the 20 goal threshold for the first time in his career, Athanasiou has gone ice cold to start the season. Athanasiou has... Read More

3 weeks ago

Pair of Points from Jakub Vrana Not Enough to Overcome Oilers

Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana picked up a goal and a power-play assist during Thursday's loss to the Oilers. Back on the scoresheet, Vrana is continuing to make the most of his limited usage, scoring seven points in 12 games despite seeing more than 14 minutes of ice time only once in his last nine... Read More

3 weeks ago

Zack Kassian Cashing in on Excellent Deployment

Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian played alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in Thursday night's win, picking up a pair of assists along the way. Kassian received a season-high 22 minutes of ice time, with just over 20 minutes coming with McDavid and Draisaitl on the ice as well. Playing with Edmonton's two most effective... Read More

3 weeks ago

Connor McDavid Snaps Cold Streak in Victory Over Capitals

Edmonton Oilers superstar center Connor McDavid picked up three points in Edmonton's win over Washington, scoring a goal and an assist in the third period before adding an assist on the overtime game-winner. McDavid had been held scoreless through his last three games, a feat that he avoided all of last season, before jumping back... Read More

3 weeks ago

Rickard Rakell Keeps Rolling, Leads Ducks Over Hurricanes

Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell picked up two assists and a team-high three shots Friday night as the Ducks topped the Hurricanes 4-2. Rakell now has six points in his last four games and has scored a point in six of his eight games this year. It is worth noting that Rakell has not recorded... Read More

4 weeks ago


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