In order to be successful in fantasy hockey one key strategy that will help tremendously is being able to identify past historical trends and utilize them to your advantage. This week's column will showcase 23 players out West that have had either positive or negative career trends during the month of February.
Last season's Art Ross Trophy winner only registered two points in seven contests post-Olympic break, so I delved a little deeper into his stats and discovered a small abnormality in his career February stats. He has a 0.71 point-per-game average during the second month of the New Year, which is nearly 0.10 off his overall career 0.81 numbers. Henrik is one of the best overall point-producers in the NHL, but if you are in a scenario where you're a bit behind in the standings and desperately need to making up ground quickly, you might want to consider moving him for someone with proven, consistent February production.
Williams has had a hot start to the season with 39 points in 50 contests for the Kings. The main question that's on many poolies' minds is whether or not it will continue? If you are an optimist then you'd probably say 'well he's in the right situation and the numbers to support the cause', but if you are a believer in past trends then it could be a completely different story. In 43 career February contests, Williams only has 20 points (0.47 points-per-game), and his March numbers don't fare much better (0.48 points-per-game). With that said, he's also been ravaged by injuries in the past, which might have been the primary reason for the drop in production, but if he can stay relatively healthy it might just shake the trend.
The leader of the Wild has also had a hot start to the 2010-11 season with 43 points in 49 contests. Koivu's generally a great source for fantasy production as he's not just a one-dimensional player, but it's the mid-season February lull that has me a bit worried moving forward. In his career, he has 29 February points in 51 contests (0.57 points-per-game), which is his worst statistical month of the hockey season. Koivu wasn't involved with the All-Star festivities, so he might have used that time to rejuvenate his mojo for a second-half push to will the Wild into the post-season.
Vissy is certainly enjoying his top-dog status in Anaheim as he only trails Keith Yandle in the defensive scoring race amongst all NHL blue liners. What might give Yandle the edge by the end of the season might be Visnovsky's lowly career February numbers. Visnovsky has 28 points in 58 contests (0.