Top 10 Streaks and Trends

Tom Collins

2022-02-14

Twitter isn’t the only place where hockey players can be trending.

Too often, we look at hot/cold streaks from a perspective of points only. While there are some of those on this list, there are always other trends and streaks you should be aware of. You need to know who is doing much better than anticipated in categories such as hits, blocked shots, faceoffs.

It’s sometimes more than simply looking at a player’s season statistics. Looking at how they’ve been doing in a specific category over the past month or so can give you an idea of who may be more productive recently. 

Here are 10 players who are on streaks/trends of some type over the past 10-15 games.

10. William Nylander‘s plus/minus

Not all streaks can be helpful with fantasy hockey, as shown by Nylander’s plus/minus streak. In the last nine games, Nylander is a minus-11. This is one of the statistics that Leaf fans point to when they turn Nylander into a whipping boy (which is starting to happen again). However, in those nine games, Nylander has seven points, 26 shots, five power-play points and five blocked shots. As a fantasy owner, you accept the plus/minus trade-off as long as you are getting that type of production. It just sucks if you lose your matchup by a single plus/minus. 

9. Luke Kunin hitting

It’s an absolute shocker that Kunin has started throwing his body around as much as he does. In his first three seasons, he never had more than 1.79 hits per game, and that was in his rookie campaign. His hits per game actually dropped the next couple of seasons, before rebounding in a big way to 2.21 a year ago. Now this year, he’s upped his hitting game even more, up to 3.10 hits per game on the season. He has at least three hits in each of his last 15 games, and a total of 65 over that time (4.33 per game). That’s the highest among forwards and third-highest overall in that time frame. 

8. Calvin de Haan blocking shots

If you need blocked shots, de Haan is your man. Since January 8, de Haan has 63 blocked shots in 14 games, which is about 4.5 blocked shots per game. That is easily the highest among any players in that time frame. The next highest is teammate Connor Murphy, who has 44. No one else has even 40. What’s a nice bonus is that while he doesn’t produce much offense, he does contribute in other categories, including hits and lately, shots. 

7. Nick Paul shooting

Paul missed a few weeks of action, but it seems like his New Year’s resolution was to shoot the puck more. His career-high shots per game going into this season was 1.88 a year ago. In his first 32 games this campaign, he took 63 shots, which equals 1.97 shots per game. In 16 games since, he has 44 shots, 2.75 shots per game. What’s funny is that he took zero shots on Sunday, but had an excellent fantasy game (one assist, plus-one, five PIM, three hits, one blocked shot, 12 faceoff wins and a season-high 3:19 power-play time). 

6. Nic Dowd winning faceoffs

Some leagues count faceoff wins as a category, and it gives some extra value to centres (especially if you can slot them in as a winger). Dowd was never a big name in this category, but last season he started to become a dominant faceoff guy. His 432 faceoff wins were 21st in the league, and he won 56.3 percent of his draws, 15th-highest among regular faceoff guys. This year, he’s won 313, an average of 8.46 per game.