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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 510 articles so far, you can find them below.


Mark Stone Records First Point as Golden Knight on Friday

Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone picked up his 35th assist of the season, and his first with Vegas on Friday night. Stone's assist came on the power play as William Karlsson found the back of the net. It took Stone three games to pick up his first point as a Golden Knight, but he... Read More

12 months ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Earns League Best Seventh Shut Out

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 34 shots that he faced Friday, securing his league-leading seventh shut out of the season. After losing five straight starts and posting a save percentage over .900 percent only once in that span, Fleury has now won two straight starts and allowed only one goal on 58... Read More

12 months ago

Three Assists for Gabriel Landeskog Sets Career-High in Points

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog picked up the primary assist on all three on Colorado's goals on Friday night, including one on the power play. That gives Landeskog 35 assists on the season to go along with his 33 goals, giving him a career-high 68 points. Building on his career year, Landeskog is on the... Read More

12 months ago

Mike Hoffman Hits 30 Goal Plateau for First Time in Career

Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman scored two power-play goals on Thursday night, giving him a career-high 30 goals on the season. Hoffman has also reached a career high in power-play points with 29, which is tied for the sixth most power-play points in the league. On top of that, Hoffman is on a five-game point... Read More

12 months ago

Reilly Smith Picks Up Game-Winner Against Panthers

Vegas Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith scored two goals on Thursday night, including the game-winner late in the third period to lift Vegas over Florida. Smith now has points in each of his last four games and at least a point in eight of his last 10 games. A depressed shooting percentage (8.5 percent) and... Read More

12 months ago


Marcus Johansson Sent to Boston for a Pair of Picks

New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson has been traded to the Boston Bruins for a 2019 second round pick and a 2020 fourth round pick. Johansson has been living outside of the realm of fantasy relevance due to injuries and limited production the last couple years, but with seven points in his last six games... Read More

12 months ago

Wayne Simmonds Dealt to Nashville at Last Minute of Deadline

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has been traded to the Predators for Ryan Hartman and a 2020 conditional fourth-round pick. Simmonds should immediately provide a boost to Nashville's woeful power play, which ranks last in the league with a 12.6 percent conversion percentage. Although Simmonds only has eight power-play points this season, he has scored... Read More

12 months ago

Andrej Sekera Picks Up First Point of Season on Saturday

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera registered an assist on Josh Currie's first-period goal, giving Sekera his first point of the season. Sekera has only played three games this year due to injuries. He led Edmonton defenseman with three shots on Saturday, but only saw 13:31 minutes of time on ice, which was his lowest total... Read More

12 months ago

Lots of Ice Time Leads to Lots of Points for Jakub Voracek

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek scored a goal and two assists in 22:02 minutes of time on ice during Saturday night's victory over the Penguins. Voracek now has 53 points on the season and has left his three-game pointless skid in the dust. Averaging 18:41 minutes of ice time, Voracek is no stranger to playing... Read More

12 months ago

Claude Giroux Ends Cold Streak, Nets Overtime Game-Winner

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux slipped the game-winning goal past Matt Murray, earning a win over Pittsburgh in the 2019 Stadium Series. Giroux had not picked up a point in his previous four games, the longest such scoreless streak of the season for him, but his pair of points Saturday gives him 63 points on... Read More

12 months ago


Recent Struggles Continue for Marc-Andre Fleury in Friday Night Loss

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss on Friday night as he allowed five goals on 28 shots from the Jets. Fleury now has a .865 percent save percentage over his last five games, including only one game with a save percentage above .900 percent. He still boasts a .907 percent save percentage... Read More

12 months ago

Patrik Laine Snaps Scoring Drought with Two Power-Play Markers

Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine scored his first goal since January 13, ending a 15 game scoreless streak with two power-play goals. Despite his stretch of scoring futility Laine still has 27 goals this season and is on pace for his third consecutive campaign with at least 36 goals. The window to buy low on... Read More

12 months ago

Three Assists from Jacob Trouba Sets Career High in Points

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba recorded three assists on Friday night as the Jets downed the Golden Knights. Trouba had failed to record a point in his previous four games but exploded Friday night with three assists, including two on the power play. Trouba now has 30 assists on the season and 34 points, both... Read More

12 months ago

Two Points From Alex Galchenyuk Help Put Away Vancouver

Arizona Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk picked up a goal and an assist Thursday night as the Coyotes claimed an overtime victory from the Canucks. Galchenyuk's tally was the game-winner and gives him 14 goals on the season. The move to Arizona has not helped Galchenyuk return to his 30-goal form, but he is scoring at... Read More

12 months ago

Max Pacioretty Converts Barrage of Shots Into Two Goals

Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty picked up two goals Saturday night on nine shots, matching a season-high in shots and goals in a game. Pacioretty now has 18 goals on the season, which passes his total from last year, supporting the notion that last year was just a down year and not a sign... Read More

1 year ago


David Krejci Extends Point Streak to Three Games

Boston Bruins forward David Krejci logged two assists during Saturday night's victory over the Kings. He now has six points in the last three games, including two power-play points. With teammate David Pastrnak out of the lineup due to injury for the last three games, Krejci was promoted to the top power-play unit, and it... Read More

1 year ago

Auston Matthews Books Another Big Day, Scores Three Points

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored two goals, including one on the power play, and an assist in Thursday night's win over Vegas. It was the second straight three-point night for Matthews as he continues a career year that is seeing him set a career-high in points per game (1.23) and power play goals... Read More

1 year ago

Andreas Athanasiou Pockets Two Goals on Thursday

Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals on Thursday night in Detroit's win over Ottawa. Athanasiou now has 20 goals on the season, which is a career high, while carrying a 13.1 percent shooting percentage that is only slightly above his 12.7 percent career shooting percentage. His increase in goal production has come... Read More

1 year ago

Brady Tkachuk Continues to Make an Impact in Rookie Year

Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk continued to build on a strong rookie year, adding another goal, six shots, and seven penalty minutes in Thursday night's loss to the Red Wings. Tkachuk now has 26 points and 59 penalty minutes in 46 games this season and is generating 2.78 shots per game. While his point production... Read More

1 year ago

Keith Yandle Pockets Two More Points, Continues Career Year

Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle scored a goal and pitched in an overtime power-play assist on Saturday night as the Panthers beat the Capitals. Yandle now has 42 points in 53 games, including 27 power-play points which currently leads all defenseman and all but three forwards. Yandle's power-play proficiency is nothing new as he has... Read More

1 year ago


Jacob Markstrom Withstands Barrage From Flames to Earn Win

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom turned away 44 of the 47 shots he faced, including all nine on the power play, during Saturday's win over Calgary. It was a busy night for Markstrom who saw more than 40 shots for only the second time this season but has had the fourth most shots against in... Read More

1 year ago

Seven Shots Yield Little for Johnny Gaudreau in Loss

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau picked up an assist during Saturday's loss to the Canucks, but could not find the back of the net despite logging his second-highest shot total of the season. Gaudreau's assist helped him avoid having only his second pointless streak of more than two games this season. Last season saw Gaudreau... Read More

1 year ago

Reilly Smith Breaking Out of Winter Cold Streak

Vegas Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith recorded two assists on Saturday, giving him three points in the last two games and further distancing him from a six-game pointless streak, his longest of the season. Smith still has not scored a goal since December 30, the game before his cold streak started, but the two assists... Read More

1 year ago

Pair of Late Goals from Cam Atkinson Lifts Columbus Over Vegas

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored two third period goals, including the game-winner on the power play, in Saturday night's victory over the Golden Knights. Atkinson now has 54 points on the season and is a mere eight points away from matching his career high in points. An elevated shooting percentage of 15 percent... Read More

1 year ago

Dylan Larkin Picks Up Two Helpers in Return From Injury

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin returned to the lineup after missing the last game with an oblique injury. Larkin picked up right where he left off, recording two assists in Thursday night's loss. The two points gave Larkin points in six of his last seven games, and 10 points total in that time. A... Read More

1 year ago


Two More Goals for Jonathan Marchessault in Vegas Win

Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault added two goals to his total, including one on the power play, leading Vegas to a win Thursday night against the Red Wings. Marchessault now has 19 goals and 19 assists on the season, putting him on pace to break 50 points for the third consecutive year. He has... Read More

1 year ago

Carey Price Gets Second Half of Back-to-Back on Sunday

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be looking for his fifth consecutive win on Sunday after not having played in the last 10 days. Price elected to skip the all-star festivities after being named to the Atlantic division team, which earned him a one-game suspension and a few extra days off on top off the... Read More

1 year ago

Mikko Koskinen Back in Net for Edmonton on Sunday

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen will get the start on Sunday as the Oilers travel to east take on the Canadiens. Koskinen is looking to rebound after taking the loss and allowing at least three goals in each of his last three starts. While Koskinen has had a steady overall season, posting a .910 save... Read More

1 year ago

Antoine Roussel Picks Up Two Points in Saturday Night Win

Vancouver Canucks forward Antoine Roussel scored a goal and an assist on Saturday night as Vancouver defeated Colorado. Roussel is not a regular point producer, however with 21 points in 47 games, he is on pace to set a career high in points this year while maintaining his typical contributions to the hits and penalty... Read More

1 year ago

Three Assists From Brayden Schenn Help Lift Blues

St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn notched three helpers on Saturday night, giving him 21 assists on the season and assists in four of his last five games. Schenn only has two goals in his last 20 games and has a career-low 9.3 percent shooting percentage this season so far. Schenn has never finished a... Read More

1 year ago


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