Easter Goodies

Dobber Sports



With only a couple of days left in the regular season, and only a couple of days left until Easter Sunday, I’ve focused this edition of “Leprechaun’s Gold” largely on statistics that will help all of you who are taking part in fantasy playoff hockey.


So curl up with your Easter candy, your T.V. remote, Dobber's draft list and your copy of my April column, and enjoy the amazing hockey as we close out this hockey season.

***The following statistics are accurate as of the 2:00pm E.S.T. Friday, April 6, 2007***

Of Pittsburgh’s ten players with more than 30 points this season, only two have EVER been to the NHL playoffs in their careers – Mark Recchi and Sergei Gonchar.  The other eight players (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Whitney, Michel Ouellet, Jordan Staal, Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Ryan Malone) who have not been to the NHL playoffs combined for 449 points this season.

Despite having a combined 219 points in the standings, Detroit and Nashville only have eight wins between them in each of their last ten games.  These two teams have really cooled off (at the worst possible time), and have respective records of 4-2-4 and 4-4-2 over their last ten games played.  Nashville has only scored 24 goals in their past 10 games.

Of Jarome Iginla’s 94 points this season, 56 were tallied in his 35 games on home ice.  He only has 38 points in 34 away games this season.  This does not bode well for the Flames (a team that may barely squeak into the playoffs as the eighth seed).  Iginla has also been plus-15 at home this season and minus-2 on the road.

Mikka Kiprusoff’s home record this season is 28-8-2 with a 92.5 save percentage, while his away record is 12-15-7 with a 91.1 save percentage.  This (in addition to the Iginla stat above) almost spells doom for the Flames if they make the playoffs.

Despite Jonathan Cheechoo’s slow start this season, he is currently tied for a league leading three hat-tricks this season (with Dany Heatley and Olli Jokinen).  Two of his three hat-tricks this season happened in two weeks.  He has eight hat-tricks since the start of the 2005 season.  When it comes to multi-goal potential, there aren’t many better fantasy options out there.

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