We are nearing the Christmas break for the NHL season. We have had plenty of surprises as well as plenty of disappointment, hopefully you have been reading many of the articles that are on the website to help you keep up to date on the latest news that’s happening on the fantasy front.
– Mikko Koivu is now the Western Conference leader in faceoff wins with 321. Shawn Horcoff is second with 310 and is followed closely by Sammy Pahlsson at 307.
– Mikko Koivu has the most power-play faceoffs won in the Western Conference with 81.
– B.J. Crombeen led the Western Conference with six points this past week.
– Crombeen, Dustin Brown, and Ed Jovanovski were all ranked ninth, twelfth and eighteenth respectively in Yahoo rankings this week. It just shows how the Eastern Conference is the more offensive conference as the season rolls along.
– Crombeen (4%) and Jovanovski (68%) and Alex Steen (3%) are all having decent weeks and could be very productive in fantasy hockey pools moving forward.
– Dustin Brown maintains the lead in the Western Conference with 99 hits.
– Kyle Wellwood’s shooting percentage dropped slightly to 35.3%. I’m still waiting for the huge drop to transpire. Tomas Holstrom is firing at 25.8%, while Alex Frolov is hitting a quarter of his shots on goal.
– For the first time this year, Teemu Selanne didn’t register a power-play goal this week, he still maintains the NHL lead with 13 power-play goals. Brown picked up two power-play tallies last week, and seems to be ready to break out of his early season slump.
– Dustin Brown is firing a ton of bombs on opposing goalies as he maintained his Western Conference lead with 135 shots on goal, he’s still 35 shots on goal behind league-leader Alex Ovechkin though. Marian Hossa is fifth overall with 126 and Corey Perry is tied with Henrik Zetterberg for eighth with 109.
– Zetterberg , Brown and Johan Franzen fired 15 shots on goal this past week as Western Conference leaders, followed by Anze Kopitar, Brad Boyes, Ryan Getzlaf and Perry at 14.
– Shane O’Brien had a huge PIMs week, as he picked up 32 last week. He now has 110 on the season and is on pace for 291 this season. He’s well worth a pick up if you don’t really have a solid number four defensemen on your fantasy squad just for the PIMs. He’s only 24% owned in Yahoo leagues.
– Minnesota isn’t as airtight on the PK as they were earlier in the season, they stayed steady at 88.7% on the PK for the season.
– San Jose maintained their even strength play by leading the Western Conference with a ratio in five-on-five situations of 1.36. Minnesota is the worst in the Western Conference with a rating of 0.78, which explains why they are on a five game losing streak.
– Detroit leads the Western Conference with an average of 10.8 minutes in penalties per contest. So don’t look for any big PIM producers on a very disciplined Detroit line-up. Anaheim is averaging the league high of 19.8 and Vancouver is second last while averaging 19.7. Both teams are near or under the 80% mark on the PK, so would think that doesn’t bode well for the coaching staff.
– An interesting stat that I never paid attention to, San Jose