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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 514 articles so far, you can find them below.


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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months ago

Darcy Kuemper Injured in Poor Showing Against Wild

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper allowed seven goals on 32 shots Thursday night before leaving the game in the third period with an injury. Adding insult to literal injury, Kuemper had given up more than three goals only once this season before this matchup and is now expected to miss time with a lower-body injury.... Read More

2 months ago

Tomas Hertl Carries San Jose Offense in Loss

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored both of his team's goals in a 3-2 loss to the Coyotes. Hertl has now scored goals in each of his last three games and has at least a point in his last four games. Now with 28 points in 32 games this season, Hertl has been more... Read More

2 months ago

Taylor Hall Picks Up Assist in Arizona Debut

Arizona Coyotes forward Taylor Hall assisted on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's game-winning goal Tuesday night, earning him his first point with his new team and 20th assist of the season. After being held out of his last two games while New Jersey negotiated the trade that would send him to Arizona, Hall hit the ground running, playing... Read More

2 months ago


Valeri Nichushkin Extends Point Streak to Four Games

Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin scored a goal in Friday night's win over New Jersey, giving him his sixth goal of the season and third in the last four games. Nichushkin is now on a four-game point streak, the longest of his NHL career, and has recorded eight points in his last 10 games. After... Read More

2 months ago

Taylor Hall Held Out Against Colorado, Trade Rumors Swirling

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall did not play in Friday night's game against the Avalanche, reportedly held out as a healthy scratch as a precaution. As if being held out of the game was not enough to send the hockey world into a frenzy, Peter McNab on the Colorado broadcast pointed out that "Taylor... Read More

2 months ago

Another Strong Showing for Pavel Francouz in Colorado Win

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz allowed only a single goal on 38 shots against New Jersey, earning him his ninth win of the season. Francouz has taken over the starter's role while Phillip Grubauer is sidelined with an injury, and has run with it, winning three of his four appearances and stopping 113 of 120... Read More

2 months ago

Rough Return for Jacob Markstrom on Tuesday Night

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 of 25 shots Tuesday in his first start in nine days. Markstrom had been granted a leave of absence from the team to attend his father's funeral. Teammate Thatcher Demko filled in for Markstrom during his absence, winning both games and posting a .900 save percentage. Wins aside,... Read More

2 months ago

Three Points From John Tavares Leads Leafs Over Canucks

Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares picked up two goals and an assist Tuesday night as Toronto topped Vancouver 4-1. Tavares had been in a bit of a cold streak, having no points in each of his last three games, but made up for lost time quickly with a season-high three points. Typically a reliable... Read More

2 months ago


Second Consecutive Two-Point Game for Andre Burakovsky

Colorado Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and an assist during Saturday night's victory over the Canucks. Burakovsky's first point of the night came as a power-play assist on a Nathan MacKinnon goal, and later MacKinnon returned the favor assisting on Burakovsky's third-period goal. The two-point night was the second in a row for... Read More

3 months ago

Alexander Edler Pockets Two Points in Loss

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler logged a team-high 27:09 minutes of ice time and two points in a 5-4 loss to Colorado Saturday night. Edler chipped in a goal and a power-play assist, giving him three points in the last three games and 14 total for the season. Despite teammate Quinn Hughes returning from injury... Read More

3 months ago

Kevin Labanc Snaps Cold Streak, Leads Sharks to Victory

San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc did a bit of everything Saturday night as he earned a point on every San Jose goal in a shootout victory. After scoring a goal and two assists during regulation, Labanc scored the lone shootout goal, which secured the victory. It was a welcome change for Labanc, who had... Read More

3 months ago

Robby Fabbri Keeps Rolling, Nets Two Assists in Loss

Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri recorded an assist on both of Andreas Athanasiou's goals Saturday night, giving him six points in five games since being traded to Detroit. Fabbri also put three shots on net, the first time he has registered more than two shots in a game with the Red Wings and only... Read More

3 months ago

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

3 months ago


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