Shaken – Not Stirred

Ryan Ma

2008-12-09

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I apologize. This was supposed to coincide with the release of the new Bond movie, but I wanted to finish the previous series before taking on something new. We’ll take a look back at the past Bond films, but with a Western Conference fantasy twist.

 

Before the good stuff let’s take a look at a few:

Maasquito Buzzings…

–    Sammy Pahlsson regains the Western Conference lead in faceoff wins with 288. Paul Stastny is taking advantage of Joe Sakic’s absence and now is second with 287 followed closely by Shawn Horcoff at 286.
–    Mikko Koivu has the most power-play faceoffs won in the Western Conference with 72.
–    Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk, and Andrew Ladd all picked up seven points this past week.
–    Stastny, Jonathan Toews, Hejduk, Ryan Smyth and Dustin Penner, were all ranked second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively this week in Yahoo rankings.
–    Andrew Ladd (3%) and Dustin Penner (34%) are both readily available on Yahoo leagues and might be catching fire soon.
–    Dustin Brown maintains the lead in the Western Conference with 92 hits.
–    Kyle Wellwood upped his shooting percentage to 36.7%, you’d be silly to expect that to be sustained for the course of a full season. Alex Frolov is firing at 25.0% and Tomas Holstrom is also at 25.0%.
–    Teemu Selanne now has 13 power-play goals, and he just keeps on churning them out. Patrick Sharp potted three this week, while Patrick Berglund, Kevin Bieksa, and Kyle Wellwood all notched two.
–    Dustin Brown is firing a ton of bombs on opposing goalies as he maintained his Western Conference lead with 120 shots on goal. He’s second to only Alex Ovechkin who has a blistering 153. Marian Hossa is fifth overall with 113 and Devin Setoguchi is eighth with 98.
–    Marian Hossa fired 18 shots on goal this past week, followed by Jarome Iginla at 17 and Milan Michalek at 15.
–    David Backes overtook Sean Avery for the NHL’s PIMs lead, he how has 79 on the season, Backes also has 11 points in 25 games, so he’s starting to round out into one of the better across-the-board players in fantasy hockey. If he’s still available on your waiver wire, be sure to pick him up. Daniel Carcillo is now beginning to pick up the PIMs pace as he now is tied with Shane O’Brien for second in the NHL with 78.  
–    Minnesota isn’t as airtight on the PK as they were earlier in the season, they now drop to 88.7% on the PK for the season.
–    San Jose now gains the leading ratio in five-on-five situations with a ratio of 1.34. St. Louis is the worst in the Western Conference with a rating of 0.84, which explains why many of their star players are deep in the minus category.
–    Detroit leads the Western Conference with an average of 11.0 minutes in penalties per contest. So don’t look for any big PIM producers in a very disciplined Detroit line-up. Anaheim is averaging the league high of 19.2 and Vancouver is second last while averaging 18.3. Both teams are near or under the 80% mark on the PK, so would think that doesn&r