Odds & Ends: What’s Trending Week 15

Odds & Ends: What’s Trending Week 15

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.

Goaltending Voodoo

Since last Saturday, five goalies have gone 3-0-0 but only one has managed to keep his GAA below 1.00: Matt Murray. We know the pesky Senators love playing spoiler, and it's usually their young but talented forwards outperforming expectations, but since returning from injury, Murray has looked rejuvenated and more like the guy who backstopped the Penguins to a Cup title and convinced the Sens to commit a $6 million cap hit to him. His three wins include two shutouts against the Canadiens and Canucks.

Not only is Murray passing the eye test, the analytics back him up, too, with a 3.66 5v5 GSAA, which is only bested by Thomas Greiss, who managed to win a 7-3 blowout even though the Red Wings were outshot 46-23. Now, the bad news: Murray lasted just 24:13 in Saturday's game against the Canucks with an apparent lower-body injury and did not return. The severity of the injury is not known, but Murray skated off the ice on his own after colliding with Jake Virtanen. Hopefully, the injury isn't severe because the Sens have a favorable schedule coming up: two more games against the Canucks, two against the struggling Habs and one against a Flames team that has trouble scoring. If

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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