Some food for thought after another week of fantasy hockey ...
That's the Kings' PDO entering Sunday, the lowest mark in the league. It's essentially a measure of luck, and over time teams should gravitate toward a mean PDO of 1.000. But the eye test and the analytics are completely at odds. According to Natural Stat Trick they're kings of the hill in just about every important possession and shot metric entering this week: 549 CF (6th), 53.3 CF% (2nd), 54.92 FF% (3rd), 22.42 xGF (2nd), 54.98 xGF% (3rd). HockeyViz has them generating 11 percent more unblocked shots at evens than the average team. Yet they're 4-8-0 and for long stretches look like they're a lottery team. We shall wait and see which side is right, but Sean Walker scored his third goal of the season Sunday and is plus-5 through 12 games on a team with a minus-18 goal differential. When he is going to get actual time on the power play, by the way? The analytics and the eye test are a happy marriage and he is their orphaned lovechild; Walker is owned in just 9 percent on Yahoo and 6 percent on ESPN.
That's how many faceoffs Jonathan Huberdeau has won in the last three games after winning just 12 total last season and 21 in the season before that. There's no official word, but it seems like Aleksander Barkov's injury is still bothering him, forcing Huberdeau — and his 40 percent win rate