Expect the Unexpected

Ryan Ma

2010-12-28

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We've all heard of the phrase "the numbers don't lie", but there is always room for statistical anomalies that make each and every one of us scratch our heads. This week we'll take a look at 18 statistical anomalies that have occurred so far this season along with my thoughts on whether the numbers will re-align itself or are they good for the long run.

 

Jeff Tambellini

Tambellini's currently firing at a rate of 20 percent, but his career shooting percentage is just 9.5 percent, so expect a bit of a dip moving forward. He has spent 64.7 percent of his overall ice-time lining up alongside Ryan Kesler, so the quality of line mates might have influenced his numbers this season. Expect roughly a 15 percent efficiency rate by season's end.

 

Logan Couture

Couture's currently on a ridiculous pace to finish the season with 41 goals. Couture couldn't tally that in juniors (high of 39), so it's kind of hard to expect him to register that in the Bigs. To think that he'll out-goal Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, and Joe Pavelski is blasphemy. Look for the Cy Young number to normalize in the second-half.

 

Henrik Sedin

Sedin is well on his way to his second consecutive season in leading the NHL in assists. He's on pace to finish with 86 which will be three better than last season. The chemistry that he shows playing with Daniel and Alex Burrows should see him continue the trend the rest of the way.

 

Daniel Sedin

The twins have combined for 52 points (Daniel: 27 Henirk 25), in 17 road contests. Traditionally speaking they are better road warriors than home cookers, so they could be in for a treat with eight of the next 12 contests away from Rogers Arena.

 

Cody McLeod

McLeod is currently averaging a whopping three PIMs per contest. The fact that he'll also chip in with 15-20 points and 70+ SOG makes him a valuable asset to the Avs line up as well as many fantasy squads. Colorado is 18-10-5 with him in the line up and just 1-2-0 without him, coincidence?

 

Steve Ott

If consistency is what you're after then Ott is probably a "safer" PIMs option. He leads the league in minor penalties (23), which is probably easier to predict/control than going after the big fish with goons or agitators. The fact that he'll also contribute on the points, HITs, and SOG front helps should help with the across-the-board production. If Brad Richards is moved at the deadline, Ott could be the likely candidate to fill the void in a top-six role.

 

Toni Lydman

Lydman has got to be the most under-rated defensive blue-liner in