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Fantasy Pool Look: Road warriors and hometown heroes

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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:

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

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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