Here's a look around the league at the latest trends after another week of hockey. Some food for thought, some leftover stats and, of course, some fantasy advice. Let's dig in.
All fancy stats courtesy Natural Stat Trick.
Buy or Sell
No matter how hard we try, future projections are always based on the past, and there's no crystal ball. We can have a reasonable expectation of what happens next, but there's just no way of knowing for sure. This week will mark exactly two months into the NHL season and five weeks — 37 days, actually — until the trade deadline, and trade talk is heating up.
Five weeks may seem like a long time, but if a mandatory two-week quarantine is factored in, teams may have to trade for a player two weeks before the deadline just to ensure the newly-acquired player doesn't miss any games after the deadline. That's important for teams who are expected to make a playoff push, and also important because Pierre-Luc Dubois' injury was a cautionary tale of what could happen to a player who is suddenly forced to stop all activities and then thrown back into the fire in a high-intensity game situation.
A few teams are still trying to figure out if they're buyers or sellers, and this week might be the one that decides it. To compare how teams have fared at the starting of the season and their current situation, the season so far has been split into