Quarter-Point Statistical Leaders

Here at the quarter-point of the NHL season, I’d like to take a moment to point out the leaders in the statistical categories that I use for my fantasy league. Everything I don’t use can be explained by the fact that either host sites don’t offer the stats, or the statistic inaccurately weighs on the final score.

Beyond the top three players in each category, I will highlight a player that I feel either should be higher or will end up higher.

Goals
1. Phil Kessel, RW Tor 16
2. Milan Michalek, LW Ott 12
2. James Neal, RW/LW Pit 12
64. Daniel Sedin, LW Van 6

Assists
1. Daniel Sedin, LW Van 18
2. Erik Karlsson, D Ott 17
3. Brian Campbell, D Fla 16
3. Nicklas Backstrom, C Wsh 16
52. Evgeni Malkin, C Pit 10 (in only 14 games)

Plus/Minus
1. Shea Weber, D Nsh +18
2. Tyler Seguin, C Bos +17
3. Stephen Weiss, C Fla +14
3. Chris Kelly, C Bos +14
3. Tomas Fleischmann, RW/LW Fla +14
3. Ryan Suter, D Nsh +14
67. Jonathan Toews, C Chi +5
123. Kris Letang, D Pit +2

Penalty Minutes
1. Zac Rinaldo, C Phi 75
2. Zenon Konopka, C Ott 73
3. Derek Dorsett, RW Cbj 62
58. Scott Hartnell, LW Phi 24 (142+ PIM each of the last 4 seasons)

Game Winning Goals
1. Johan Franzen, C/RW Det 4
1. Vincent Lacavalier, C TBL 4
3. 11 players tied at 3
45. Sidney Crosby, C Pit 1 (I know, duh)
45. Anze Kopitar, C LA 1 (leading goal scorer (10) on a team that should win games)
45. Joe Pavelski, C/RW SJ 1 (leading goal scorer (11) on a team that should win even more games)

Average Time on Ice
1. Dan Girardi, D NYR 27:48
2. Ryan Suter, D Nsh 27:02
3. James Wisniewski, D Cbj 26:55
197. Alex Ovechkin, LW Wsh 18:44
395. Luke Schenn, D Tor 15:03

Hits
1. Matt Martin, LW NYI 86
2. Cal Clutterbuck, LW Min 75
3. Mark Fstric, D Dal 66 (in only 14 games played)
47. Ryan Callahan, RW NYR 43 (3rd in NHL two seasons ago)

Blocks
1. Ladislav Smid, D Edm 60
2. Josh Gorges, D Mtl 54
3. Bryan Allen, D Car 53
3. Jay Harrison, D Car 53
61. Stephane Robidas, D Dal 31

Special Teams Points
1. Daniel Sedin, LW Van 13
2. Nicklas Backstrom, C Wsh 12
3. 5 players tied at 11
33. Alex Ovechkin, LW Wsh 7 (history says more, current form says he’s over it)
73. Patrick Kane, RW/C Chi 5 (has 22 points)

Wins
1. Kari Lehtonen, G Dal 12
2. Marc-Andre Fleury, G Pit 11
3. Jimmy Howard, G Det 10
3. Pekka Rinne, G Nsh 10
44. Curtis Sanford, G Cbj 2 (looks like someone’s finally replaced Steve Mason)
44. Jacob Markstrom, G Fla 2 (why the hell is he not in the NHL?)

Saves
1. Pekka Rinne, G Nsh 543
2. Cam Ward, G Car 513
3. Kari Lehtonen, G Dal 493

Minutes
1. Carey Price, Mtl 1,086
2. Pekka Rinne, Nsh 1,072
3. Jonathan Quick, LA 1,039

Goals Against Average (at least 8 starts to qualify)
1. Brian Elliott, Stl 1.43 (8 starts)
2. Tim Thomas, Bos 1.77 (13 starts)
3. Jimmy Howard, Det 1.85 (16 starts)
35. Ilya Bryzgalov, Phi 2.75 (14 starts)
44. Cam Ward, Car 3.12 (18 starts)

Save Percentage (at least 8 starts to qualify)
1. Brian Elliott, Stl .947 (8 starts)
2. Tim Thomas, Bos .938 (13 starts)
3. Mike Smith, Phx .936 (15 starts)
3. Nikolai Khabibulin, Edm .936 (14 starts)
41. Corey Crawford, Chi .901 (16 starts)
47. Semyon Varlamov, Col .890 (14 starts)

Hopefully we learned something today, as sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees when a season is in full swing. Maybe you even gained a few fantasy or betting insights. Thanks for reading.
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