Trends

Ryan Ma

2012-01-24

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One of the major keys in helping you win a fantasy pool is to make note of current trends. This week we'll take a look at the 15 Western Conference teams to see if we can identify some.

 

Anaheim

Latest trend: 8-0-1 since Jan 6th, averaging four goals and 1.78 goals against per game with a 29.2 percent PP efficiency.

 

Advancers

Jonas Hiller is 6-0-1, 1.50 GAA and .947 SP in the last eight contests. There probably isn't a "hotter" goalie at the moment than him, which makes now a perfect time to acquire him from an unsuspecting owner. Cam Fowler has increased his SOG per game average from 1.24 up to 1.44.

 

Decliners

Watch Jason Blake: he has 8 points and 25 SOG during this "hot streak", while averaging just 13:26 and 1:16 per contest. The point production vs. TOI ratio just doesn't match up, so expect a decline moving forward.

Interesting stat: Ducks now need to go 22-8-5 to have a better than 50 percent chance of making post-season.

 

 

Calgary

Latest trend: 5-1-1 since Jan 7th, averaging 2.86 goals and 1.86 goals against per game with a 23.8 percent PP efficiency.

 

Advancers

Miikka Kiprusoff has been just as hot as Hiller, as he's gone 5-1-1, 1.53 GAA and .944 SP in the last seven starts. Michael Cammalleri is averaging 18:39 with 2:40 on the PP and 2.25 SOG per game in a Flames' uniform. He's really gelling with Jarome Iginla and Micheal Backlund on the top line. Speaking of Backlund (2 percent Yahoo! owned), he's averaging 18:11 per contest and the reigns have finally come off.

 

Decliners

Watch Lee Stempniak, he has 8 points and 18 SOG during this "hot streak", while averaging just 16:31 and 1:34 per contest. Same situation as Blake, the point production vs. TOI ratio won't last, so expect a bit of a decline moving forward.

 

 

Chicago

Latest trend: 5-1-1 since Jan 10th, averaging 3.86 goals and 2.57 goals against per game with a 25 percent PP efficiency.

 

Advancers

Since Patrick Sharp's injury, Viktor Stalberg has filled in nicely on the Hawks' top line. He has seven points and 23 SOG all while averaging 15:43per contest. Only drawback is he's seeing next to zero PP TOI, as he's averaging just 16 seconds per game. On the flip side, Steve Montador is averaging 2:02 on the PP per game during the last seven games. The Hawks are experimenting with him playing a "Byfuglien-like" role creating traffic in front of the opposition's net. Jonathan Toews splits: 1.24 points-per-game on the road compared to 0.86 at home, which should be fav