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Pekka Rinne has played in 32 of the Predators 60 games, posting a 17-10-1 record. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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It’s that time of year again: It’s February and the trade deadline is fast approaching.

While I’m sure most of you are busy planning your attack for the stretch drive, here are some interesting statistical trends that could affect the decision-making process in your fantasy league…

Highly touted rookie Steve Mason is 23-13-3 with seven shutouts, while little known rookie Pekka Rinne is 17-10-1 with five shutouts. Mason boasts a 2.17 GAA and .919 SP; Rinne has a 2.23 GAA and .923 SP. Granted, Mason has been playing with mononucleosis, but fantasy owners (and NHL award voters) only care about the end result, and that end result will have both young goaltenders with similar numbers come April. The difference is, Mason will cost you an arm and a leg to acquire, whereas Rinne will be relatively cheap…

Montreal pivot Robert Lang has been out for 10 games so far since his season-ending Achilles tendon injury. In those 10 games, Tomas Plekanec has nine points, even though he missed two games due to a suspension. His ice time hasn’t increased, just the quality of it. Two of Plekanec’s four power play goals have come during Lang’s absence…

Alex Ovechkin is on pace for 528 shots on goal, which would obliterate his career high of 446. The player who is second in the league right now, Eric Staal, is on pace for 373. That’s just one more reason why Ovie is in a class of his own...

If you were thinking of nabbing Buffalo goaltending prospect Jhonas Enroth in anticipation of a Patrick Lalime breakdown, keep this in mind: Enroth has not won in his past nine American League starts and has seen his save percentage plummet and his goals-against average skyrocket. The Sabres will go the waiver-wire or trade route if Lalime falters during Ryan Miller’s absence with a sprained ankle…

In the 26 games that Paul Stastny has been out of the lineup, Ryan Smyth has 26 points. In 34 games with Stastny in the lineup, Smyth has 23 points. If Smyth were to be dealt at the deadline, I get the feeling he’d put up big numbers if the new team relied on him, but weaker numbers if the team just needed him in a supporting role…

Sean Avery is valuable in a lot of fantasy formats because of his high penalty minutes and solid point production. But do you see him going to the Rangers now that John Tortorella is the coach? Torts doesn’t strike me as a guy who would put up with much of Avery, so don’t count on him heading back to New York…

Joakim Lindstrom, a high-scoring minor-leaguer who never seemed to get a fair shake in the NHL, is now getting one in Phoenix. He has seven points in his past eight contests and could win a top-six spot next year…

Eric Fehr has 11 points in his past 11 games since being a healthy scratch for three consecutive games. He is playing well on a line with Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Fleischmann (the ‘F’ line?)…

Andy McDonald has been back in the St. Louis lineup for seven games since recovering from his ankle injury and that has Patrik Berglund owners concerned. While McDonald has posted seven points, Berglund has been held of the scoresheet in six straight…

Niklas Kronwall has 20 points in his past 20 games. That tops Detroit teammates Nicklas Lidstrom (16) and Brian Rafalski (19) in that span…

Dennis Seidenberg could be a very good fantasy option. The Hurricanes rearguard has five points in six games since his return from a lower body injury and has been seeing 22 to 25 minutes per game. Even Joni Pitkanen’s return didn’t impact Seidenberg’s ice time or production this past weekend. At 27 years old, this is the year for Seidenberg to show his true colors.

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 Tuesday and Saturday throughout the season. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the 1st of every month in THN’s Fantasy section.

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