Hockey is back. Well, almost.
COVID-19 permitting, training camps will open in less than two weeks. If all goes well, game action will soon follow. It *could* be this month.
With that in mind, I’m here once again to provide you with thoughts and info that you can use when hockey resumes.
Today we’re going to look at pace of play.
I think it is an important aspect to consider when stacking, or even playing one-offs. You don’t *just* want players you think will be on the winning side. You want to target pieces that will be involved in high-event games. Goals are most important, of course, but with all the shots and shots blocked bonuses on DK you can also put up big scores with little to no assistance from real points.
One thing I generally like to do prior to the playoffs is look at how teams played over the last 25 games. It helps give a better indication of where they’re at and what style they’re playing heading into the playoffs; sometimes early on teams have to try different things to figure out what will and won’t work for them.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top-10 teams in Corsi pace over the final 25 games.
It sure seems like both goaltenders will be seeing a ton of rubber in the Arizona/Nashville series. Nashville does have the better shooting talent but high-octane games could be trouble for the Predators if Pekka Rinne plays anything like he did for much of the season (I’m assuming his reputation will get him the starting job).
I think playing some Coyotes could be a good GPP strategy because the Predators are giving up a ton of shots, taking a ton of them (lots of blocked opportunities), and Rinne is showing clear signs of decline. There is upside for peripherals and goals – and I doubt Coyotes players will carry much ownership.
The Calgary/Winnipeg series also looks quite attractive. Both teams play fast paced back-and-forth hockey and they’re dangerous in transition. If Connor Hellebuyck’s form drops at all, I think there could be goals aplenty in this series. The high-end talent is there and so is the pace of play. It is a tough series to predict – I lean slightly to Calgary – but, luckily for us, we might not have to. Game-stacking could be worthy of serious consideration.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com