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Fantasy: Split, enhanced stats standouts

Surprising players in home/road splits, per-60 metrics

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Whether it's the preseason or the stretch run, fantasy owners always are looking for an edge.

With split stats and enhanced metrics right at our fingertips, it's easier than ever to dig deeper into rates of player production in certain situations.

Here are some players and stats that should catch your eye as we approach the three-quarter point of the 2015-16 NHL season. These can help fantasy-wise in weighing transactions, start/sit decisions and, in some cases, waiver-wire pickups:

Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders (19 percent owned) -- Nelson is 1.48 goals per 60 minutes, tied for ninth in the League among players with 40 games. He leads the Islanders in goals (20) and is tied for the third in points (31). Fifteen of his 20 goals have come at Barclays Center. He's heating up alongside Anders Lee and has 10 points in his past 10 games.

Derick Brassard, C, New York Rangers (66 percent owned) -- Brassard is among the best home point producers in the NHL; his 1.28 points per game at Madison Square Garden this season is fourth in the League among players with at least 15 home games, trailing Jamie Benn (1.44), Johnny Gaudreau (1.44) and Patrick Kane (1.41). Brassard has been playing alongside J.T. Miller (12 percent owned), who's much more readily available in fantasy and tied for 19th in goals per 60 among players with at least 40 games at 1.32. He has eight goals in his past eight games.

Another notable home performer owned in even fewer leagues than Brassard is Mark Scheifele (49 percent) of the Winnipeg Jets. He has 19 points in 17 games at MTS Centre; his 1.12 points her home game is 10th in the NHL.

Ryan Spooner, C/LW, Boston Bruins (41 percent owned) -- Spooner covers many of these enhanced and split statistics, proving his worth in fantasy and reality. He played top-six minutes while David Krejci was injured. He's back on the third line now but his production has not wavered. He ranks sixth in the NHL in primary assists (22), tied for ninth in points per 60 minutes among players with at least 40 games (2.97), and with 21 points in 24 road games he's tied for 15th in road points per game among players with at least 15 road games (0.88). Spooner and Patrice Bergeron also are one of the top power-play point pairs in the NHL; they each have a point on 12 power-play goals, tied for fifth in the League.

Nino Niederreiter, RW, Minnesota Wild (6 percent owned) -- Shot attempts relative percentage reflects how valuable a player is to his team possession-wise compared to when he's not on the ice. Niederreiter leads the League in this metric among players with at least 40 games at 10.4. That indicates he can be a big part of the Wild's eventual rebound if he stays in a top-six forward spot. Niederreiter's current linemate, Mikko Koivu, is fourth in the League at 7.8. Niederreiter has been inconsistent for most of the season but is riding a four-game stretch with one goal, three assists, two power-play points and 11 shots on goal.

Vincent Trocheck, C/RW, Florida Panthers (18 percent) -- Trocheck is the most added player in Yahoo this week. He has five goals, three assists, a plus-7, two power-play points and 12 shots on goal in his past four games on the Panthers' second line with Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith. Trocheck is tied for 28th in goals per 60 among players with 40 games at 1.21.

Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Philadelphia Flyers (56 percent owned) -- Gostisbehere leads rookie defensemen in points with 24 points in 31 games. But he leads all defensemen to have played at least 30 games in goals (0.84) and points (2.52) per 60 minutes. More than half of his points have come with the man-advantage; his 14 power-play points are tied for 13th among defensemen. He's also tied for second in the League in overtime goals with three, two behind Jonathan Toews' League-leading five.

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