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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 520 articles so far, you can find them below.


Anthony Duclair Nets Another, Staying Productive

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Anthony Duclair scored the game-winning goal on Friday night as the Blue Jackets beat the Capitals. Duclair's goal came on the power play, giving him back-to-back games with power-play goals and four power-play goals on the season. Duclair is off to a strong start, having scored 10 points in 16 games,... Read More

1 year ago

Strong Performance by Sergei Bobrovsky Leads to Victory

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 of 34 shots on Friday on his way to his fifth win of the season. Bobrovsky has now allowed only one goal in three of his last four starts and has a .949 save percentage in those games. The lone goal that Bobrovsky allowed came while his... Read More

1 year ago

No Points, Plenty of Production for Boone Jenner Against Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner snapped his three-game point streak on Friday but still had a productive game for fantasy owners. Jenner logged four shots, four hits, and three blocks in 22:39 minutes of ice time. If your league counts periphery stats such as hits and blocks, Jenner should already be on your radar... Read More

1 year ago

Braden Holtby Takes Loss to Blue Jackets Despite Solid Play

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby allowed only two goals on 36 shots, but it was not enough to overcome the Blue Jackets on Friday night. Both goals came while Washington was short-handed and that proved to be the difference in the game. Holtby has now dropped three of his last four starts even though his... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Niskanen Plays Big Minutes, Scores Only Goal for Capitals

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen cashed in on a power-play opportunity to score Washington's lone goal Friday night. With a season-high 28:29 minutes of time on ice, including 6:41 minutes while on the power play, Niskanen had plenty of opportunities to produce and took advantage of it in the second period. Niskanen has eight points... Read More

1 year ago


Frederik Andersen Gets Start Against New Jersey

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will be in the net Friday night against the visiting New Jersey Devils. This will be Andersen's ninth consecutive start, continuing Toronto's trend of giving their starter a heavy workload. He has three wins in his last five starts and has been excellent over that time, registering a .949... Read More

1 year ago

Dustin Brown Does it All in Win Over Columbus

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown scored a goal and two assists in Saturday night's victory over the Blue Jackets. Brown also chipped in a block and five hits on his way to his most productive night of the season. After spending the start of the season recovering from a broken finger, Brown fittingly excelled... Read More

1 year ago

Drew Doughty Picks Up Two More Helpers

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty registered a pair of primary assists on Saturday as the Kings defeated the Blue Jackets. It was the third multi-point game of the season for Doughty who now has 10 points in 13 games. With points on the power play and penalty kill, Doughty found a way to be... Read More

1 year ago

Jack Campbell Solid Against Columbus

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell held the Blue Jackets in check on Saturday as he stopped 26 of 27 shots on the way to his fourth win of the season. Columbus boasts a top-ten scoring attack, scoring 3.58 goals per game coming into Saturday's game, but Campbell held them to just a single goal.... Read More

1 year ago

Ilya Kovalchuk Continues to Build on Hot Streak

Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk picked up an assist on Saturday, which extended his point streak to three games. With six points in three games, Kovalchuk is finally flashing the offensive prowess that he was known for before he went to the KHL. He now has 11 points in 13 games in his first... Read More

1 year ago


Sergei Bobrovsky Struggles Against Kings, Takes Loss

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 29 shots as he took the loss on Saturday. Bobrovsky has now taken the loss in four of his last five appearances and has a .895 save percentage this season. It has been a rough start to the year for the veteran netminder, but he... Read More

1 year ago

Zach Werenski Scores Lone Goal Against Kings

Columbus Blue Jackets Zach Werenski scored the only goal for Columbus as they fell 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Werenski now has three goals and nine points on the season, and four points in his last five games. Owners that were concerned that the return of Seth Jones would hamper Werenski's production... Read More

1 year ago

Frederik Andersen Looking for Win in Pittsburgh

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen is likely to get the start on Saturday night against the Penguins. Toronto has not confirmed their starter yet, and after only having an optional skate this morning it looks like we will not have confirmation until the puck drops tonight. Backup goalie Garret Sparks stayed out late at... Read More

1 year ago

Carey Price Between the Pipes on Saturday Night

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get his fourth consecutive start as the Tampa Bay Lightning come to Montreal. Despite a .910 save percentage so far this season, Price has been subpar at home posting only a .891 save percentage. Taken into consideration with Tampa Bay's 3.42 goals per game scoring rate, which is seventh... Read More

1 year ago

Streak Comes to an End for Sebastian Aho

Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho failed to register at least one point for the first time this season, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive games with at least an assist. He also scored four goals over that time giving him 17 points on the season. Friday's loss to the Arizona Coyotes will be remembered for... Read More

1 year ago


Andrei Svechnikov Gets Back on Score Sheet

Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov scored a goal on Friday night against the Coyotes, breaking an eight-game scoreless drought. It was Svechnikov's third goal and fifth point of the season, but four of those points came in his first four games. He has cooled down significantly after his hot start and now that he... Read More

1 year ago

Petr Mrazek Takes the Loss in Overtime

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 21 of 25 shots on Friday as the Hurricanes fell to the Coyotes in overtime. Mrazek allowed a goal at even strength, on the power play, and on the penalty kill during regulation as his save percentage dropped to .880 percent on the year. After winning only three games... Read More

1 year ago

Three Assists for Alex Goligoski as Point Streak Extends

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski picked up three assists, including one on the power play, in Friday's overtime victory. Goligoski now has points in each of his last four games after failing to register a point in his first eight games. Although he scored at least 35 points in each of the last five years,... Read More

1 year ago

Antti Raanta Stands Tall in Tough Test

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta held up against a torrent of shots from Carolina as he led the Coyotes to an overtime win on Friday. Allowing only three goals on 51 shots, including nine power-play shots, Raanta faced his heaviest workload of the season and was more than up to the task. Raanta has been... Read More

1 year ago

Hot Streak Continues for Michael Grabner

Arizona Coyotes forward Michael Grabner netted the overtime game-winner on Friday, extending his point streak to four games. With five points in his last four games, Grabner has shaken off his slow start but is still playing on Arizona's third line. Grabner saw more ice-time on Friday than any other game this season, but that... Read More

1 year ago


Casey Mittelstadt Scores His First Goal of the Season

Buffalo Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt scored his first goal of the season on Saturday night in a loss to the Blue Jackets. His goal came late in the third period on the power play, giving him three points through 11 games this season. While his usage on the top power-play unit is encouraging, he has... Read More

1 year ago

Two More Assists for Jack Eichel in Loss

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel recorded two assists in Saturday night's loss to Columbus. Eichel now has six points in his last four games but has not scored a goal eight games. He has only had a streak of eight or more games without a goal one other time in his career, so a goal... Read More

1 year ago

Linus Ullmark Drops First Loss of the Season

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark allowed five goals in an overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. After allowing one goal on a combined 56 shots in his first two starts, Ullmark only stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced on Saturday. So it goes for the mercurial young netminder who has almost... Read More

1 year ago

Pierre-Luc Dubois Snapping Out of Slow Start

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a goal and added two helpers in Saturday night's win over the Sabres. It was the first multi-point game of the season for Dubois and nearly doubled his point total after scoring only four points in his first nine games. It was an encouraging performance for the young... Read More

1 year ago

Consecutive Three-Point Nights for Artemi Panarin

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin scored two goals and an assist Saturday night as he led the Blue Jackets to another victory. Panarin pocketed the overtime game-winner which gives him five goals and 15 points through 10 games. That six of those 15 points have come in the last two games only highlights his... Read More

1 year ago


Productive Night for Cam Atkinson in Win

Columbus Blue Jackets Forward Cam Atkinson scored two goals and an assist while collecting a team-high eight shots on net Saturday night. His eight shots are a season-high for Atkinson and raise his shot rate to 4.1 shots per game this season, which is higher than any season of his career so far. The three... Read More

1 year ago

Four More Points for League-Leading Mikko Rantanen

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen scored a goal and three assists on Friday night, giving him a league-best 20 points on the season. It was Rantanen's second four-point game out of his last five games and improved his already blistering point production rate to 1.82 points per game. That rate trails only Evgeni Malkin, but... Read More

1 year ago

Nathan MacKinnon Back on Score Sheet with Three Points

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists in Colorado's victory over Ottawa on Friday night. After starting the year on a nine-game point streak, MacKinnon failed to score a point in the game leading up to Friday's tilt but wasted little time getting back to his scoring ways. MacKinnon now has... Read More

1 year ago

Tyson Barrie Picks Up Three Helpers in Win

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie posted a season-high three assists as the Avalanche defeated the Senators on Friday night. After failing to register a point in the last two games, Barrie recorded a team-high seven shots and two power-play points. He now has eight assists in 11 games and is an important piece in Colorado's... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Duchene Logs Another Multi-Point Game

Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene scored two goals on Friday against his former team, giving him his fourth game with two points this season. All four of those games have come in his last five games and account for eight of Duchene's 10 points this season. Duchene's production comes despite recording only one power-play point... Read More

1 year ago


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