Expecting the Unexpected (West 2011)

Ryan Ma

2011-12-27

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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 a few statistical anomalies that have occurred so far this season and whether the numbers will re-align or are they set for the long run.

 

Eric Nystrom


Nystrom's currently tickling the twine at a rate of 22.6 percent, but his previous career shooting percentage prior to this season was just 7.7 percent, so expect a bit of a dip moving forward.

 

Jonathan Toews


Toews is currently on pace to finish the season with 45 goals, but his NHL career-high has only been 34. He also has an average of 1.89 goals per 60 mins played, which ranks third amongst all players. Toews' never been a big goal scorer throughout his career, (48 goals in 64 contests in High School, 40 in 76 during college and nine in 31 representing Canada at various events), so expecting 45+ is probably a bit much. Look for him to establish a new career-high, but not a lot more.

 

Henrik Sedin


Sedin's leading the league in assists for a third consecutive season. He's posted 83 and 75 during the last two seasons, and is currently on pace to hit that mark once again. The chemistry between him and his brother is uncanny, which should see him experience similar success moving forward.

 

Teemu Selanne


The 40-year old Finnish Flash has a 1.11 point-per-game average on the road compared to just 0.88 at the Honda Center. Between February 10th and 27th the Ducks play nine out of 10 games away from Anaheim, so now might be a great time to make a pitch to the Selanne owner for his services.

 

Derek Dorsett


Dorsett is currently averaging a fight every three and a half contests. He's also on pace to chip in with 20+ points and 110+ SOG, which makes him a pretty valuable fantasy asset for poolies who are looking to beef up the PIMs column.

 

Brendan Morrow


If consistency is what you're after, then Morrow is probably a "safer" PIMs option. He leads the league in minor penalties (22), which makes it easier to predict/control, rather than going after the big fish with goons or agitators. The fact that he'll also contribute on the multiple fronts helps with the across-the-board production.

 

David Perron


Although Perron has had a bit of an abbreviated season, he's remained one of the most consistent in terms of point production. He's gone point-less in only two of the ten contests that he's suited up for (80 percent). In second place we have Henrik Sedin with a point production percentage of 72.2 percent and Marian Hossa in third place at an efficiency of 71.4 percent.

 

Ian White/Alex Steen


White has proven to be a great off-season signing by the Red Wings, as he has managed a plus 24 rating to lead the Western Conference. The fact that he's among the defensive le