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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.


Gustav Nyquist Scores in Third Straight Game

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has now scored three goals in as many games. The latest goal came in a loss to the Anaheim Ducks, which was Detroit's ninth straight loss. The team's lack of success does not seem to be deterring Nyquist's production, as he now has four points in the last three... Read More

2 years ago

Darren Helm Not Seizing Opportunity

Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm was promoted to the second line three games ago, alongside Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, but has failed to capitalize on the more favorable deployment. Helm recorded five shots in his first game with his new linemates but has only recorded one shot in the two games since. Playing... Read More

2 years ago

Jack Eichel Returns for Sabres

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is set to return to the lineup Saturday against Chicago. Coach Phil Housley announced the return Saturday morning, giving fantasy players only a few hours before the 1pm EST game start. Eichel has been practicing on a line with Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville, which based on recent usage would... Read More

2 years ago

Mark Stone Out Until Next Week

Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone continues to be sidelined by a leg injury suffered in a March 9 game against the Calgary Flames. Head coach Guy Boucher indicated that Stone could play next Tuesday or Thursday at the earliest, which rules him out for Ottawa's two games this weekend. Stone's injury derailed a 10-game... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Galchenyuk Riding Hot Streak into Weekend

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk has recorded five points in his last four games, including two assists in each of his last two games. Galchenyuk has 28 assists on the year, but since he started playing with Artturi Lehkonen and Jacob De La Rose on the second line, his offensive production has taken a step... Read More

2 years ago


Craig Anderson Back in Net Against Dallas

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has been named the starter for Friday night's home game against the Dallas Stars. Anderson has won three of his last five starts, but that may have more to do with the goal support he has been receiving than his own play. Over his last five games, Anderson has matched... Read More

2 years ago

Frans Nielsen Set to Return Against Kings

Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen (head) has been cleared to return and was practicing on the third line in advance of Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Nielsen missed three games after taking a blow to the head in a game against the Boston Bruins. He looks to be playing with speedster... Read More

2 years ago

Jared Coreau to Start on Thursday for the Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau will start his third game of the year Thursday night as the Red Wings take on the Kings. Coreau is looking for his first win this season Thursday in Los Angeles, the same place where he recorded his first career shutout. He will also be looking to snap Detroit’s... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Shaw Injured After Head-to-Head Collision

Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw (head) was injured in Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars. Shaw was attempting to hit Greg Pateryn when it appeared that his head collided with Pateryn's. Shaw immediately collapsed and had to be helped off of the ice. Head coach Claude Julien indicated that Shaw was not taken to the... Read More

2 years ago

Frederick Andersen to Start Fourth Straight Game

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederick Andersen is set to start Wednesday against the Dallas Stars. The Stars are coming off a loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday night, while the Leafs have had three days off following a victory against the Penguins on Saturday. Rest has helped Andersen recently, as he received four days off... Read More

2 years ago


Brendan Gallagher Has the Hot Hand in Montreal

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher scored a goal in the win over Dallas on Tuesday night. It was Gallagher’s second goal in as many games and fifth goal in the last seven games. He has a 20 percent shooting percentage over those seven games, which is much higher than his 11.1 percent on the... Read More

2 years ago

Henrik Zetterberg Records Two Points in Loss

Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and an assist in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. The two points put Zetterberg on pace for 54 points this season, which would be a step down from the 68 points he recorded last year. This will be the sixth season... Read More

2 years ago

Antti Niemi Set to Start Against Dallas

Montreal Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi will get the start Tuesday following Montreal’s loss Monday night to Columbus. Fellow netminder Charlie Lindgren started in the loss, so Montreal is hoping a change in net will produce a change on the scoreboard. That is unlikely to be the case, though, as Montreal has struggled this season in the... Read More

2 years ago

J.T. Miller Promoted to Top Line in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller practiced on the first line this morning alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Miller has already recorded six points in six games with Tampa Bay, and now he is getting a chance to play with Kucherov, who is leading the league in points. Miller saw some time on the... Read More

2 years ago

Jimmy Howard Expected to Start Against Sharks

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was spotted in the starter's net at practice Monday, making it almost certain he will start in tonight's game. The Red Wings have lost six straight games leading up to their trip to San Jose, and Howard appeared between the pipes in five of those. In that stretch, Howard posted... Read More

2 years ago


Brendan Gallagher is an Early-Week Target

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher is a player that should be considered in all weekly formats this week. Montreal plays back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday and four games total this week, giving fantasy owners a chance to pick up an extra game or two to start their week. Gallagher ranks near the top... Read More

2 years ago

Matt Duchene Building on Success with Ottawa

Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene struggled initially after being traded to the Senators, but has seemingly settled into his role now. After failing to record a point in his first seven games with Ottawa, Duchene has not been held without a point in consecutive games since the beginning of January. That streak has continued with... Read More

2 years ago

Anthony Mantha Thriving on the Road

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has enjoyed quite a bit of scoring success while on the road this season. Mantha has scored 13 of his 23 goals while away from home and is enjoying a tremendous 17.8 percent shooting percentage in those games. There are only 20 players in the league this season with... Read More

2 years ago

Micheal Haley Drops the Gloves Again

Florida Panthers forward Micheal Haley fought New York Rangers enforcer Cody McLeod on Saturday night, earning his fourth fighting major in six games. Haley has a league-leading 194 penalty minutes so far this season and is not slowing down as the season comes to a close. The fourth-liner does not contribute much in any category... Read More

2 years ago

Frank Vatrano Scores in Florida Debut

Florida Panthers forward Frank Vatrano scored his first goal with his new team in a shootout win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Vatrano had been recovering from an ankle injury since being traded from the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline, but appears to be fully healed after logging 19:05 of time... Read More

2 years ago


Jean-Gabriel Pageau Making the Most of Increased Role

Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau has moved onto the second line in Ottawa after the departure of Derick Brassard and has responded with three goals in his last five games. Pageau had been playing on the third line earlier in the season in more of a defensive role, but now that his role and playing... Read More

2 years ago

Robin Lehner to Start Against Vegas For Third Game in a Row

Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner will start in net against the Vegas Golden Nights on Saturday afternoon. Last week it looked like backup Chad Johnson was starting to take over the starter's duties, but now that Lehner is starting his third straight game, it looks like his role is safe. Starter or not, Buffalo's crease... Read More

2 years ago

Jeff Petry Tallies Eight Shots in Losing Effort

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry recorded a game-high eight shots in a loss to the Florida Panthers. While eight shots in a game certainly is rare for the veteran blue-liner, he does have the fifth most shots on Montreal this season and 10 goals to show for it. Better known for his contributions in hits... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Larkin Shooting More, Not Finding Goals

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin had five shots in Detroit’s shutout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. This makes it 12 games since Larkin has scored, but it is not for a lack of attempts. Larkin now leads the Red Wings in shots for the season, averaging 2.76 shots per game,... Read More

2 years ago

Charlie Lindgren Gets Second Start in a Row

Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren will start for a second game in a row, the first time he has done so since November. He will be looking to return to form after a rough outing, where he gave up six goals to New Jersey. With Montreal well out of playoff contention, it looks like they... Read More

2 years ago


Andrei Vasilevskiy Hints That Fatigue Is A Factor

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy admitted in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith that he is dealing with tiredness in a way he never had to before. He has already set a career high in games played and is only one game behind Henrik Lundqvist and Frederik Andersen for most games... Read More

2 years ago

Craig Anderson Back In Crease For Ottawa

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson will be going for his third straight win as he gets the start against the Buffalo Sabres. The start at home comes against a Buffalo team that is coming off a loss to Calgary the night before, which should give the Senators an advantage. Buffalo's league-low 2.39 goals-per-game average also... Read More

2 years ago

Evgeny Svechnikov Gets Called Up

Detroit Red Wings right wing Evgeny Svechnikov will get his first taste of NHL action this year after getting called up to replace the injured Frans Nielsen. He played in two games at the NHL level last year, scoring zero points, but he has been productive in the AHL, scoring 73 points in 126 games... Read More

2 years ago

Chad Johnson Gets Start Against Former Team

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson will get the start  on Wednesday night against a Calgary Flames team that has lost four straight. Johnson is looking for his fourth straight win and to potentially take over the reins from starting goalie Robin Lehner in the process. His .898 save percentage on the year does not inspire... Read More

2 years ago

Frans Nielsen Has Unclear Timeline After Injury

Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen was injured early in the game on Tuesday night after a hit from Bruins forward David Backes. The enforcer Backes earned a penalty on the play, but Nielsen left the game and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the night. Despite scoring a power-play goal before being... Read More

2 years ago


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