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Fantasy Pool Look: Road warriors and hometown heroes

Marc Savard has 32 points on the road and only 15 at home.

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Marc Savard has 32 points on the road and only 15 at home.

Poolies are always looking for an edge and in rotisserie leagues where there are often tough decisions over which players to dress and which ones to sit, finding that edge could mean a big difference in points at the end of the year.

There are some players who, for one reason or another, produce at a much higher level when they are on the road versus when they are at home – and vice versa. By taking a look at the top 50 NHL scorers heading into Sunday’s action, there are several players who jump out in both categories.

By far the biggest margin in terms of production is Boston’s Marc Savard. With 32 points in 22 games on the road, his numbers are elite. At home, within the confines of the TD Banknorth Garden, Savard has 15 points in 22 contests. This contrast is very significant, not to mention highly unexpected when you consider Savard was marginally more productive at home in 2006-07.

If you own Savard and Colorado center Paul Stastny and you occasionally have to decide between the two, look where their teams are playing. If both are on the road then the call is an easy one – Savard’s numbers are very strong. If both are playing at home, Stastny is the way to go because his numbers are the mirror image of Savard’s.

Stastny has 31 of his points in 22 home games, while in 22 road games he has managed just 15. The difference is very substantial. Ottawa star Daniel Alfredsson is similar to Stastny, with 38 home points and just over half of that – 20 – away from Scotiabank Place.

Below is a chart that outlines the biggest differentials among the Top 50 scorers:

ROAD WARRIORS
Player Team HmGP HmP PPG RdGP RdP PPG Diff
Marc Savard BOS 21 15 0.7 22 32 1.5 0.74
Ilya Kovalchuk ATL 24 27 1.1 22 35 1.6 0.47
Tomas Plekanec MTL 20 13 0.7 24 25 1.0 0.39
Jarome Iginla CGY 25 29 1.2 20 31 1.6 0.39
Brian Rafalski DET 23 15 0.7 23 23 1.0 0.35
Kristian Huselius CGY 25 23 0.9 20 24 1.2 0.28
Vaclav Prospal TBL 23 20 0.9 22 25 1.1 0.27
Ray Whitney CAR 20 17 0.9 24 26 1.1 0.23
Pavel Datsyuk DET 23 25 1.1 23 30 1.3 0.22
Joe Thornton SJS 22 24 1.1 21 27 1.3 0.19

HOMETOWN HEROES
Player Team HmGP HmP PPG RdGP RdP PPG Diff
Paul Stastny COL 22 31 1.4 22 15 0.7 -0.73
Daniel Alfredsson OTT 22 38 1.7 20 20 1.0 -0.73
Mats Sundin TOR 21 30 1.4 24 19 0.8 -0.64
Patrick Kane CHI 25 29 1.2 19 10 0.5 -0.63
Vincent Lecavalier TBL 23 39 1.7 22 24 1.1 -0.60
Olli Jokinen FLA 22 27 1.2 23 15 0.7 -0.58
Mike Richards PHI 18 26 1.4 24 21 0.9 -0.57
Martin St. Louis TBL 23 33 1.4 22 20 0.9 -0.53
Marian Gaborik MIN 19 27 1.4 20 18 0.9 -0.52
Henrik Sedin VAN 22 27 1.2 22 16 0.7 -0.50

Darryl Dobbs’ Fantasy Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Monday and Wednesday. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the 1st of every month in THN’s Fantasy section.

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