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Fantasy Hockey Mailbag — Quest For Questions

This is simply the fun time of the year where hey, the schedule gets spread out because of the NBA All Star Break. More importantly, expect some crazy results straight out of a full moon night for several nights. At any rate, this is going to be a lot of fun. Either way, this week people asked us quit a few questions and we attempted to pare them down to a select two. 

Why did we go with less questions this week? That was so we could focus a little more intently and still keep the column at a concise level. Please forgive us and hopefully we come back firing again next week. Anyway, let's get this one started with one that is a jaw dropper!

Who is your fantasy hockey MVP and why?

It has to be Carey Price! He is number one in Goals Against Average and save percentage. He now has five shutouts on the season and has been on fire for the last six to eight weeks. The goalie is now second in wins with 32 as well. What would the Montreal Canadiens be like without Price? Needless to say, they would be a rather mediocre team. 

Hockey analysis is always needed with this sort of thing. Price's Goals Saved Above Average is rapidly approaching 30 in just 45 starts. That is scary numbers! His goalie point shares could be around 18-20 by season's end if he keeps this up easily. Basically he is the best goalie in the league and some could really make an argument that Price may just be the best player. 

Oh those up to date stats are a 1.93 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Those are downright insane when you consider the scoring lately in the league has elevated some. 

The question err the real question is can Price keep this up? That answer is he may really be able to. That kind of track err projection is just indicative of a season that will likely be even better than last year. The Hart and Vezina trophies may just be his to lose come season's end. 


What the heck is going on with Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri -- better yet TORONTO?

Ah there are lots of questions but amazingly both have six points each since the start of the calendar year. That is pretty hideous when you consider their shooting percentages are both way off compared to their career averages. However, Phil Kessel has regressed back to his career percentage despite shooting a tenth a shot more a game. Nazem Kadri has slid backwards to along with many Toronto players. This has gotten uglier and uglier as the Leafs keep on losing (13 of 14 is just crazy). 

Is there anything that they can do other than blow up this team? Basically it is like a couple with irreconcilable differences between Kessel and the Leafs. They may even be stuck with him to be perfectly honest. It is pointless to focus the blame because management was so poor and the players are trying but they have zero puck luck. The cold stretch really has taken a life of its own. 

What can be done? That answer is simple. Both players just need to keep on shooting and hope for the best. The same goes for Toronto. Let's see what happens!