The Anatomy of Change Part 2

Ryan Ma

2008-12-29

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Change is always constant in our everyday world. We change the way we talk, we change the way we walk, and we change our daily rosters in our fantasy hockey squads. Some change is good, some is bad. Last week we took a look at the first five teams and their rosters as to what changes we could potentially expect from them, this week we’ll take a gander at the next five. Buckle up and get ready for the ride.

 

 
Maasquito Buzzings…

–    Shawn Horcoff regains the Western Conference lead in faceoff wins with 397. Mikko Koivu continues to keep pace at 391, and Sammy Pahlsson replaced the injured Paul Stastny at number three with 379.
–    Radek Bonk actually leads the NHL in FO% at a win-rate of 64.3%
–    Koivu has the most power-play faceoffs won in the Western Conference with 95.  
–    Bobby Ryan tallied a Western Conference high of seven points this past week. He is majorly benefiting from injury to Teemu Selanne.
–    Ryan Getzlaf was ranked number one overall this past week according to Yahoo rankings. Ryan Smyth was fourth, Lubomir Visnovsky was sixth, Ryan and Olli Jokinen rounded out the top five with seventh and eighth rankings respectively.
–    Dustin Brown maintains the lead in the Western Conference with 129 hits.
–    The top-three in shooting percentage in the Western Conference remains unchanged as Kyle Wellwood remains in the top spot with a shooting percentage of 31.0%. Loui Eriksson continues to take advantage of Brendan Morrow’s absence and is now firing at 26.5%, Tomas Holmstrom rounds out the top-three with a 26.2 shooting percentage while playing alongside Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk.
–    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. Brad Boyes, Keith Tkachuk and Ryan Clowe will try to chase him down while he’s dealing with his injury.
–    Sheldon Souray potted three power-play marks this past week and now has seven on the season.  
–    Dustin Brown is firing a ton of bombs on opposing goalies as he maintained his Western Conference lead with 162 shots on goal. He’s second to only Alex Ovechkin who has a blistering 223. The Detroit pairing of Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg is continuing to rack up the shots on goal. Hossa is fifth with 150 and Zetterberg is seventh with 136s.
–    Ryan Geztlaf and Daniel Sedin both fired 19 shots on goal this past week, the Detroit pairing of Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg tallied 15 shots on goal each.  
–    Shane O’Brien continues to maintain his NHL lead in PIMs, he has 118 in 38 games played.    
–    Minnesota regains top-spot in the NHL with a stellar 88.6% on the PK.
–    Detroit’s power-play has cooled off a bit as they are now second in the NHL operating at a 26.7% rate.
–    Chicago now gains the leading ratio in five-on-five situations with a ratio of 1.31. St. Louis is the worst in the Western Conference with a rating of 0.78, Paul Kariya’s seas