Wild West – Goalies

Ryan Ma




A month of the 2008-09 NHL season has come and gone and I figured I would change it up a bit in this week’s format and do a three-part series regarding fantasy hockey. We’ll start with goalies this week…



Maasquito Buzzings…

–    29 of the league’s top 52 point getters were from the Western Conference, so it’s beginning to even out between the two Conferences.
–    Five of the top ten players that garnered the most time on ice were defensemen from the Western Conference. Only big surprise is Francois Beauchemin, he’s ranked ninth overall, ahead of Chris Pronger.
–    Sammy Pahlsson is leading the Western Conference in faceoff wins with 144.
–    The Ducks are flying mighty as Ryan Getzlaf tallied 10 points last week. While teammates Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne both tallied nine points each.
–    Dustin Brown is leading the Western Conference with 42 hits.
–    Fabian Brunnstrom is shooting at an astounding 35.7%, he won’t keep that up though. Brad Boyes is second at 31.8% and Andrew Brunette is third at 30.8%. I really only see Boyes really able to keep this pace, he’s a genuine sniper.
–    Teemu Selanne has been on fire on the power-play as he potted six power-play goals last week, he now has seven overall taking the lead away from Keith Tkachuk. Todd Bertuzzi remains to be a surprise at five power-play goals.
–    If you are looking for power-play points you might want to look towards Calgary as Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf are averaging over six minutes of power-play time per game. No big surprises on this list, expect Stephan Robidas, he’s garnering 5:32 on the power-play, but that number will drop once Sergei Zubov returns this week.
–    Dion Phaneuf leads the Western Conference with 51 shots on goal, finally the Phanuef of old returns, and guess what Calgary had a six-game winning streak, could there be a correlation?
–    Derek Dorsett is leading the NHL in PIMs. He’s my pick to be this season’s Daniel Carcillo, all of his PIMs have mostly been via fights plus 10-minute misconducts tacked on in the end. Jared Boll returns but Dorsett will probably continue to rack up the mins anyways. Add him now if you are looking for PIMs help.
–    Minnesota finally allowed a power-play goal to break the perfect streak. They still are operating at 91.7%.
–    Anaheim now claims the top spot in the Western Conference in five-on-five scoring ratio with a rating of 1.26. Phoenix is the worst with a rating of 0.71, followed by Dallas at 0.79.
–    Minnesota is averaging a league-low of 9.1 minutes in penalties per contest. So don’t look for any big goons from the Minny line-up. Columbus is averaging the Western Conference high of 21.7. Once again provides more evidence to pick up Dorsett for PIMs.

Around the West
In Chicago, the goalie battle continues between Nikolai Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet. Khabibulin seems to have the edge as he owns a 3-1-2 record compared to Huet’s 2-2-1 record. Khabibulin has a 2.44 goals against average and a .918 save percentage compared to Huet’s 2.73 GAA and .910 sv%. Both goalies are very even, the main difference between the two is probably Khabibulin&rs