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 favourable since the Hawks have a ratio of 20 to 13 road to home games moving forward.

 

Decliners

Corey Crawford has a pretty decent 18-11-4 overall record, but it's the peripherals that are the killer. His 2.88 GAA and .902 SP are ranked 35th and 36th amongst all goalies respectively.

 

 

Colorado

Latest trend: 3-2-0 during the last five, averaging 2.4 goals and 2.8 goals against per game with a 28.6 percent PP efficiency.

 

Advancers

Paul Stastny has been on fire since Peter Mueller has returned back from his concussion issue. Stastny has seven points along with 17 SOG in the last five. Mueller (16 percent Yahoo! owned) is seeing his ice-time spike, a