The Anatomy of Change Part 3

Ryan Ma

2009-01-06

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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 even change our daily rosters in our fantasy hockey squads. Some change is good, some is bad. We conclude this week with the final installation of this series. 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 438. Shawn Horcoff continues to mosey along with 426, Sammy Pahlsson rounds out the the top three with 420.
–    Koivu has the most power-play faceoffs won in the Western Conference with 105. 
–    Rick Nash is on fire registering nine points in the past week for the Blue Jackets. He's finally rounding back into the superstar found that we all expected him to be. Erik Cole also is beginning to round into form as he picked up six points this past week as well. The Sedin twins combined for 13 points this past week. 
–    There were 15 Western Conference players ranked in the top 25 in Yahoo rankings last week.
–    Dustin Brown maintains the lead in the Western Conference with 140 hits.
–    Kyle Wellwood took a bit of a hit this week as his shooting percentage fell to 29.8%. He's already beginning to take a slip as the season progresses. I don't think he'll be anywhere near the 20% mark at the end of the season. Tomas Holmstrom takes second place with a 25.0 shooting percentage and Loui Eriksson rounds out the top-three with a 24.7%.  
–    Teemu Selanne continues to lead the league with 13 power-play goals, Brad Boyes, and Keith Tkachuk are catching up with 10 each.
–    Johan Franzen and Owen Nolad both 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 168 shots on goal. He’s now dropped to third after Philadelphia's Jeff Carter is beginning to fire away at opposing goalies. The Detroit pairing of Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg are sixth and seventh respectively with 161 and 146.
–    Daniel Sedin registered 20 shots on goal this past week, while Jason Arnott rebounded after a poor December with 19, Brent Burns also registered 19 for the week. 
–    Shane O’Brien continues to maintain his NHL lead in PIMs, he has 118 in 42 games played. David Backes who I mentioned a few weeks earlier is now catching up with 113. He has 30 point upside as well as the PIMs, and should be a must own in most roto leagues.
–    Fedor Tyutin has 23 PIMs this past week and Backes has 20.   
–    Minnesota continues to be stellar on the PK with a 87.9%, while Edmonton is a league worst 74.4%
–    San Jose now gains the leading ratio in five-on-five situations with a ratio of 1.26. St. Louis is the worst in the Western Conference with a rating of 0.77, Brad Boyes continues to be in the minus 20s.
–    Detroit leads the Western Conference with an average of 10.6 minutes in penalties per cont