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Fantasy Friday: 10 interesting fantasy stats

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Fantasy hockey is all about numbers and statistics. Whether it's the generic goals, assists and points or the new advanced metrics, statistics are the bread and butter.

So in the latest edition of Fantasy Friday, I'm going to look at 10 of the most interesting or strange statistics in the NHL right now and how they relate to fantasy hockey.

1. Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has 50 shots on goal (SOG) and no goals to show for it. That's the most shots of any player without a goal this season. Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is second, with 48 shots and no goals. Voracek, who has had three straight 20-goal seasons and had 81 points last season, continues to play alongside Claude Giroux and it's only a matter of time before he starts scoring again. Now is probably your last chance to buy low on him. Brown, owned in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues, has been playing mostly with Anze Kopitar of late, but he hasn't been a useful fantasy player for the past two seasons (unless you're in a hits league). I would leave Brown on waivers.

Super 16: Canadiens top NHL.com voting

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Montreal Canadiens were the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in the Super 16 this week as voted on by a panel of NHL.com editorial staff members who participated in a point-based ranking exercise to arrive at the final rankings.

The Dallas Stars were the only other team to be selected in the top three in the five separate polls submitted.

The participating staff members were LNH.com managing editor Arpon Basu, NHL.com deputy managing editor Brian Compton, NHL.com deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman, NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale, and NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen.

Trust helped Fedorov travel from Russia to Hall

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com takes a look at each of the seven individuals who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

Jim Lites sat in the lobby of the Shilo Inn in Portland, Ore., in July 1990. He was waiting, hoping, wondering, fearing and scheming.

Lites, now president of the Dallas Stars, was working as an executive vice president for the Detroit Red Wings. Thirteen months before Lites sat in that airport hotel lobby, the Red Wings picked a Russian center with supreme skills named Sergei Fedorov in the fourth round of the 1989 NHL Draft.

Fedorov would eventually become the all-time leading scorer among Russians with 483 goals and 696 assists for 1,179 points in 1,248 NHL games. He would score 400 goals and 954 points in 908 games with the Red Wings. He would win the Stanley Cup three times with the Red Wings and score 176 points in 183 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He would win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player once and the Selke Trophy as its top defensive forward twice.

Players reflect on Fedorov's Hall of Fame career

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

NHL.com

Sergei Fedorov, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, was known as arguably the most dynamic player in the NHL in the 1990s. The forward's world-class skills helped the Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup three times (1997, 1998, 2002).

Fedorov retired from the NHL in 2009 as the all-time leading scorer among Russian players with 483 goals and 696 assists for 1,179 points in 1,248 games. He scored 400 goals and had 554 assists for 954 points in 908 games with the Red Wings. He had 176 points in 183 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Here's what people around the game have to say about Fedorov:

Cup winner DiPenta leading fight against blood cancer

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Joe DiPenta accomplished the ultimate goal of his NHL career in 2007 when he won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

He has since taken on an even greater objective in the fight against cancer as executive director of the Atlantic Canada chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Canada.

"When I lifted that Cup above my head, those were the best six seconds of my life and the pinnacle of my career because it was the exclamation point for all the hard work and sacrifices that went into having that moment," DiPenta said. "I believe one day we'll have a similar feeling in discovering a cure for blood cancer.

"I'm already seeing it and the feeling is right up there with that feeling I had winning the Cup. It's a lofty goal, it's a dream and it's something I'm striving towards."

Crosby, Tavares know what Babcock brings to Canada

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 5:24 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and New York Islanders center John Tavares could have big roles for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

They'll know what it takes to play for coach Mike Babcock, who was named Team Canada coach Thursday.

Crosby and Tavares were teammates under Babcock with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Canada won all six of its games and outscored its opponents 17-3. It won the gold medal with a 3-0 shutout of Sweden.

Crosby was captain of the 2014 team and played for Babcock at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when Canada also won gold.

Each player said Babcock's ability to communicate his plans was key to winning.

"Obviously guys have to understand their roles pretty quickly," Crosby said. "So whether it's the guys he puts together or what he communicates along with the whole coaching staff, I think it's been pretty clear. You know what your role is going to be and how you are going to help the team, and I think that is really important."

Babcock vs. Quenneville tough choice for Canada GM

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:49 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Tim Wharnsby - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Doug Armstrong had a difficult decision to make when it came time to name the Team Canada coach for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The evidence Armstrong, GM of Team Canada, had to consider was Mike Babcock's international success vs. Joel Quenneville's recent run of success with three Stanley Cups in six seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the end, Armstrong went with Babcock, 52, who not only steered the Detroit Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup but led Canada to back-to-back Olympic gold-medal performances in 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi). Babcock is in his first season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quenneville was named as one of Team Canada's assistant coaches, along with Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins, Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals and Bill Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Maple Leafs' Babcock to coach Canada at World Cup

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:45 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock will get another shot at gold.

Babcock, 52, was named coach of Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Thursday. He coached Canada to the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"It's a huge honor to be given this opportunity to represent Canada again," Babcock said. "Whether it was '97 at the World Juniors, '04 at the Worlds or the last two Olympics in '10 and '14, you feel very blessed and honored to represent your country. I'm thrilled that Doug Armstrong and Tom Renney [Hockey Canada president/CEO] have given me this opportunity."

Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong also named Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville,Boston Bruins coach Claude JulienWashington Capitals coach Barry Trotz and Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters as Babcock's assistants.

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