The Anatomy of Change

Ryan Ma

2008-12-23

 Bertuzzi

 

Change is always constant in our everyday world. We change the way we talk, we change the way we walk, and we even change our daily rosters in our fantasy hockey squads. Some change is good, some is bad. For the next few weeks we’ll discuss what changes may occur in the Western Conference at the trade deadline. We’ll take a look at which teams are due for changes and which will be forced to make some. Buckle up and get ready for the ride.

 

 
Maasquito Buzzings…

–    Mikko Koivu regains the Western Conference lead in faceoff wins with 364. Shawn Horcoff continues to mosey along with 355, and Paul Stastny rounds out the top-three with 353.
–    Koivu has the most power-play faceoffs won in the Western Conference with 91.  
–    Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk, and Andrew Ladd all picked up seven points this past week.
–    Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Kane and Brad Richards, were the only members of the Western Conference to be ranked in the top-25 in Yahoo rankings last week.
–    Dustin Brown maintains the lead in the Western Conference with 119 hits.
–    Kyle Wellwood took a bit of a hit this week as his shooting percentage fell to 32.4%. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to that stat once Mats Sundin joins the Canucks lineup. Loui Eriksson is taking advantage Brendan Morrow’s absence and is now firing at 27.7%, Tomas Holmstrom rounds out the top-three with a 25.5 shooting percentage. It’s interesting to see seven of the top-ten are from the Western Conference, but only 12 of the top 25.  
–    Teemu Selanne continues to lead the league with 13 power-play goals, but will miss four-to-six weeks with the laceration on his thigh. Petr Sykora, Brad Boyes, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Clowe will try to chase him down while he’s dealing with his injury.
–    Stastny, Kane and Clowe all had two power-play markers last week.  
–    Dustin Brown is firing a ton of bombs on opposing goalies as he maintained his Western Conference lead with 152 shots on goal. He’s second to only Alex Ovechkin who has a blistering 195. The Detroit pairing of Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg is continuing to rack up the shots on goal. Hossa is fifth with 136 and Zetterberg is seventh with 121..
–    Marian Hossa fired 18 shots on goal this past week, followed by Jarome Iginla at 17 and Milan Michalek at 15.  
–    Shane O’Brien continues to maintain his NHL lead in PIMs, he has 112 in 34 games played.    
–    Minnesota continues to be stellar on the PK with a 88.6%.
–    Anaheim now gains the leading ratio in five-on-five situations with a ratio of 1.27. Anaheim has played well as of late and it shows with this stat as they were near the bottom at the beginning of the season. St. Louis is the worst in the Western Conference with a rating of 0.78, they desperately need to get Paul Kariya and T.J. Oshie back into the lineup.
–    Detroit leads the Western Conference with an average of 10.5 minutes in penalties per contest, they just don’t take any penalties. Anaheim is averaging the league high of 19.8 with Vancouver not too far