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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.

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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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 months ago

Slow Start for Sebastian Aho Continues Against Ducks

Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho failed to record a point on Friday against the Ducks despite seeing just over 23 minutes of ice time. Aho has only three points in nine games and has recorded two shots or fewer in each of his last four games. Coming off of an 83 point breakout season last... Read More

4 months ago

Mike Green Scores First Goal of Season in Loss to Edmonton

Detroit Red Wings defensemen Mike Green scored Detroit's lone goal on Friday night as they lost to the Oilers. The goal was not only Green's first of the season, but it was also his first point in general. Age and injuries have caught up to the once prolific offensive defensemen, limiting him to less than... Read More

4 months ago

Mikko Koskinen Makes 25 Saves in Fourth Consecutive Win

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 of 26 shots from the Red Wings on Friday night, earning him his fourth win of the season in as many starts. Koskinen has split Edmonton's starts with Mike Smith evenly so far this season but has slightly outperformed him. Koskinen's .934 save percentage will keep him in... Read More

4 months ago

Offensive Explosion From Casey Mittelstadt Lifts Sabres

Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt factored in on all three of Buffalo's goals Thursday night, scoring two goals and an assist. Mittelstadt had gone six games without a point after picking up two assists in the season-opener. Five points in eight games are an encouraging start to the season for the young pivot, but there... Read More

4 months ago

Carter Hutton Blanks Kings, Wins Fifth Straight

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton recorded his second shutout in a row, stopping all 47 of the shots he faced Thursday night. Every player in the Kings lineup registered a shot as Buffalo was heavily outshot, although none of them were able to convert. Hutton now has five wins in five starts with a stellar... Read More

4 months ago

Big Night From Nazem Kadri as Avalanche Top Capitals

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri recorded his first multi-point game with his new team on Monday as he put a goal and two assists on the board against Washington. Colorado buried Holtby in an avalanche of goals early in the first period, with Kadri scoring the final goal on Braden Holtby before he was pulled... Read More

4 months ago

Braden Holtby Pulled From Game After Facing Three Shots

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby had another poor outing on Monday, allowing goals on all three of the shots he saw from Colorado. Holtby was replaced by Ilya Samsonov after the third goal, but Washington never recovered from the disastrous start. Holtby has a .846 save percentage this season and has allowed at least three... Read More

4 months ago

Travis Konecny Extends Point Streak to Three Games in Loss

Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's loss to the Canucks, giving him six points in his team's first three games. Despite operating on the second power-play unit, Konecny has notched a power-play point in three straight games now. His lack of shot production (2.33 shots per game) or high... Read More

4 months ago

Jacob Markstrom Earns Win Over Flyers in Shootout

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom turned away two of the three shots he faced in the shootout to secure his second win of the season on Saturday night. Markstrom saw 32 shots through regulation and overtime, allowing only two goals on his way to a .938 save percentage. Through four starts, Markstrom has now posted... Read More

4 months ago

Andrei Svechnikov Scores First of Season in Rout of Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov converted on a third period shot to pick up his first goal of the season during Friday's win over the Islanders. It took five games for Svechnikov to find the back of the net, but he has earned his way on to the scoresheet plenty in Carolina's first five games... Read More

5 months ago

Rare Offensive Burst From Brett Pesce Helps Carolina Over New York

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce scored his second goal of the season on Friday night as the Hurricanes won their fifth straight game. In a night where Carolina outshot the Islanders 40 to 19, Pesce notched a game-high six shots on net despite seeing under 20 minutes of ice time for the first time this... Read More

5 months ago

Jamie Benn Pockets First of Season in Loss to Calgary

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn rifled home a feed from Roope Hintz at the start of the third period, giving Benn his first tally of the season. The goal came on the power play and gave Dallas a two-goal lead that would disappear a short six minutes later. After being held pointless in each of... Read More

5 months ago

Solid Outing From David Rittich Lifts Flames Over Stars

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich stopped 34 of 36 shots through regulation and overtime Thursday night, then allowed only a single goal in the shootout to secure the win. Both goalies held the opposing offenses in check, but Rittich stepped up against the Stars power-play attack, stopping seven of the eight shots that he faced... Read More

5 months ago

Anton Khudobin to Get First Start of Season on Sunday

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin will be between the pipes on Sunday against the Red Wings in Detroit. Coming off of a loss on Saturday, it is no surprise that starter Ben Bishop will get the night off as Dallas plays their third game in four days. Khudobin is coming off a strong season where... Read More

5 months ago

Laurent Brossoit Back in Net for Jets Against Islanders

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit will see his second straight start on Sunday as starter Connor Hellebuyck is kept on the bench. Head coach Paul Maurice indicated that tapping Brossoit for Sunday's game has more to do with Brossoit's play on Friday than anything. Maurice specifically mentioned Brossoit giving the team a chance to mount... Read More

5 months ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Earns the Win in Milestone Game

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 of the 35 shots that he faced from San Jose on Friday, picking up the win in his 800th regular-season game. Fleury held the Sharks to a single goal for the second straight game despite being peppered by a San Jose power-play attack that registered 11 shots... Read More

5 months ago

Pavel Buchnevich Opens Season on Top Line for Rangers

New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich will start the year playing alongside Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin at even strength and on the top power-play unit. There was speculation that Kaapo Kakko would get the first shot at playing with Zibanejad and Panarin, but heading into game one, Buchnevich has been the third forward working... Read More

5 months ago

Reilly Smith Leads Scoring as Vegas Defeats San Jose

Vegas Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith scored a pair of goals on Wednesday night, leading the team in scoring and pocketing the eventual game-winner. He only had two multi-goal games last season but is now halfway to matching that mark after just one game. Smith's second goal of the night came on the penalty kill,... Read More

5 months ago

Off to a Hot Start, Cody Glass Scores in NHL Debut

Vegas Golden Knights rookie forward Cody Glass wasted no time in taking advantage of his top-six deployment, netting a goal and two shots in his NHL debut. He lined up with Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty at even strength, but also saw time with them on the power play. The group scored the game's first... Read More

5 months ago

Kyle Connor Reaches Agreement with Jets, Signs for Seven Years

Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor signed a seven-year deal this weekend worth $50 million. The deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause that kicks in for the final two years of the deal. The Michigan native joins teammate and fellow restricted free agent Patrik Laine in returning to a Winnipeg team that will need to lean... Read More

5 months ago

Mikko Rantanen Closes on Long-Term Contract With Colorado

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen signed a six-year contract worth $55.5 million, ending his holdout before it could reach into the season. Rantanen was the last of the big holdouts to sign, securing a contract that falls between the deals signed by fellow restricted free agents Winnipeg's Kyle Connor and Toronto's Mitchell Marner. Rantanen racked... Read More

5 months ago

Filip Zadina Assigned to Grand Rapids

Detroit Red Wings forward Filip Zadina will not start the season with Detroit as the team assigned him to the Grand Rapids Griffins this weekend. The former sixth overall pick appeared in only nine games last year with the Red Wings, keeping his entry-level contract slide eligible. Since Zadina is only 19 years old, his... Read More

5 months ago

Draft Day Trade Brings P.K. Subban to New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, and two second-round picks. One of those second-round picks was subsequently traded for a later second-round pick in this year's draft as well as a third-round pick. Subban is coming off of a down year... Read More

8 months ago

Colin Wilson Pockets Another Power-Play Goal for Avs

Colorado Avalanche forward Colin Wilson has continued his steady playoff power-play production after scoring his third power-play goal in the last five games. Despite scoring only 12 goals in the regular season, Wilson has scored four already this postseason, with all but one coming on the man advantage. He has been reaping the rewards of... Read More

10 months ago

Philipp Grubauer Posts First Career Playoff Shutout

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped all 32 of the shots that he faced on Thursday, leading the Avalanche to a series-tying victory in Game 4. After a relatively down year for Grubauer in the regular season, posting a .917 save percentage, the playoffs have been a revelation for him where he has a .930... Read More

10 months ago

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