Hey guys!  With the short three game slate yesterday, I'm going to change things up for today.  I will recap those games in the Friday night post.  I was getting a lot of feedback in the comments that people like the advanced stats included so I'm going to take a look at some stats for the first three weeks of the season, both from a team perspective and individual players. I will give definitions for the stats, show who ranks well or poorly and what that means going forward. For example, James Van Riemsdyk has the 4th best Corsi For percentage in the entire NHL at 62.1%.  That means when JVR is on the ice, Toronto has 62.1% of the total shots taken.  Obviously, league average is 50%.  Going forward, this means that JVR is dominating the game when he is on the ice and along with the opportunity to score a ton of points, his plus-minus will probably be better than expected in the preseason.  He's an excellent trade target because Mike Babcock is putting him in a great position to succeed.  Now, 10 games isn't a great sample size to say that all of these things are going to hold but they should be a solid indicator of things to come.  These stats are coming from HockeyAnalysis and War on Ice.  Let's dive in and take a further look!
Finally Tuukka Rask owners have something to be happy about.   Rask shutout the Coyotes, saving all 24 shots on goal in the Bruins 6-0 victory.  Would I be happy as a Rask owner with this development.  Of course, but mostly because this could give you a chance to sell Rask at a higher value.  Arizona is going to be a horrible team and they are regressing quickly from their hot start.  They are the type of team that the Bruins will dominate because their top-six is going to control the game and not allow their defense to be exposed.  Bottom line, I don't see this as the start of a bounceback for Rask; I see it as an opportunity to get away from him while getting good value in return. Here's what else I saw Tuesday night:
Last season, the Ducks finished the regular season as the top seed in the Western Conference.  This year, every team has at least 2 wins so far in the West except the Ducks, who are 1-5-2 through the first 8 games after a 1-0 OT loss to Chicago on Monday.  Through 6 games last year, Corey Perry scored 8 goals.  This year, through 8 games, the Ducks have 6 total goals (Perry has none), including being shut out a whopping 5 times.  Am I concerned?  To be honest, not that much for the Ducks or Perry.  The Ducks have been consistently outshooting teams, including a great Chicago team by a Corsi (all total shots) 60-47.  Perry also had 8 shots on goal on Monday and was +11 in Corsi, meaning the Ducks had 11 more shot attempts than they gave up when he was on the ice.  The Ducks are shooting close to 3% on the season as a team which is completely unsustainable.  Bottom line, expect the Ducks to break out of their slump soon and in a big way.  With the 3 game slate on Monday, I'm also going to cite Corsi statistics for individual players on Monday to give a better indication on how their team did when they were on the ice.  As a disclaimer, Corsi is only for 5-5 on play; it doesn't include special teams time because it would skew the stat too much.  Corsi is a great indicator for future success; the more shot attempts a player has when he is on the ice compared to his opponent, the more likely he is to score goals.   Let's take a look:
When you look at the Montreal Canadiens' roster, I see a quality team with three superstars, but not a team that amazes you on paper.  Right now, you have a team that's clicking on all cylinders, starting 9-0 with every win in regulation.  Even when they get outplayed, like they did on Saturday, they have Carey Price to bail them out.  Price stopped 49 of 52 shots to carry Montreal to a 5-3 in the second game of a back to back.  If you were bold enough to take him in the first round, it's paying off so far.  Hell, almost all Canadiens have been great so far and are carrying fantasy teams in plus-minus by themselves. Let's take a look at what happened in a busy weekend around the league:
If you ever met Jhonas Enroth, you'd never think he was a goalie in the NHL.  The diminutive Swede is, at best, 5'8" and 160 pounds.  That said, he's proven to be a capable backup at the very least.  In his first start in Los Angeles, Enroth stopped 39 of 40 shots in San Jose to let the Kings get revenge for the Sharks blowing them out opening night.  Enroth showed in Buffalo that when he gets the chance to play in a regular role, he's more than capable, so if Jonathan Quick were to get hurt, he's must own in all leagues.  For now, he's a great streamer in virtually all matchups. Here's what else I saw on Thursday night:
While there were only four games on the schedule on Wednesday, there was plenty of young talent showcasing their abilities around the NHL.  Front and center among them all was Connor McDavid, who scored a gorgeous goal, his fourth of the season.  I'd like to see a better shot rate but it's hard to find real complaints about an 18 year old having 6 points in 7 games, including 5 in the last 3.  The Oilers next four games are all against excellent defensive teams so it'll be interesting to see if he can keep his point streak alive.   Here's what else I saw on Wednesday:
Jaroslav Halak has had an up and down career.  He broke onto the scene in Montreal carrying the eight seed to the conference finals, between powerhouses Washington and Montreal, to get there.  Then, Montreal traded him to St. Louis where he always had good win totals and GAA but a poor save percentage.  Last year, he ended up on the Islanders where he had a career regular season.  He missed the first few games this year but came back late last week and posted a shutout last night against the 0-7 Blue Jackets.  Even though they've lost every game, Columbus has been scoring goals, so a 37 save shutout is quite impressive.  Expect him to be the workhorse for the Islanders now and to post great numbers across the board. Here's what else happened on Tuesday (and the one game Monday):
If it wasn't for a late injury last season, Tyler Seguin would have almost certainly led the NHL in points.  Instead, his teammate and linemate for most of the year, Jamie Benn, won the Art Ross trophy.  Stars coach Lindy Ruff put newly acquired Patrick Sharp on the wing with Seguin and Benn the last two games, and there were immediate dividends.  On Saturday, in a 4-2 win, Seguin had 2 goals and 2 assists, Benn had 2 goals and an assist and Sharp had 2 assists.  If these three stick together, and there's no reason to expect them to be separated, they're going to be the best line in hockey this season and carry the Stars back into the postseason as a legitimate threat. Here's what else I saw this weekend:
Not many teams have played on both Wednesday and Thursday this week but again, the Desert Dogs have garnered my attention.  In an impressive performance against on Wednesday against the Ducks and the Wild on Thursday, Anthony Duclair buried a hat trick on Wednesday and scored another on Thursday.  He's an excellent prospect who was the main piece the Rangers sent to Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade so he's well respected around the league.  You obviously can't expect four goals in two games and the Coyotes are due to regress but in all dynasty leagues, I'd own Duclair and in 12 man leagues or deeper, I think he's must own. Here's what else I've seen the last two nights:
After missing the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, the Sharks have started off this season on fire winning their three games by a 12-1 aggregate score.  The fact that the Sharks have scored 12 goals in 3 games isn't surprising; they have a lot of firepower and are bound to have streaks like this.  The stunning part is that they've given up 1 goal in 3 games and the credit goes to Martin Jones.  Back to back shutouts against the Ducks and the Capitals for a goalie entrenched as a full-time starter for the first time is nothing short of impressive.  It remains to be seen if the Sharks keep it up and to determine if Jones will wear down being a workhorse for the first time but enjoy the ride while you can.   Here's what else happened on Tuesday night: