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CORSI Relative Stats to help - Fantasy Hockey Advanced Stats

We start with CORSI and work our way to the ideal closers

NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

With just about one month left in the NHL season that likely means your fantasy league has 4 weeks or less and is soon entering playoffs if applicable. Using the CORSI Relative gem this list will work to find some unseen heroes over the last month. We are pulling out all the advanced stats here to narrow the field down to 7 players who could win you the championship.

Step 1.
Select every NHL player with a CORSI Relative above “2”. I want a player who is the driving force both on the ice and on his team.
Start: 247 players.
Remove anyone with fewer than 50 games played:
New number: 152 players.

Step 2.
Remove expected on ice +/-. Sure many think it’s a joke but it’s a very real category in all of my leagues. I don’t want someone who isn’t boosting my +/-.
New number: 126 players.

Step 3.
Remove anyone sub 15 minutes in ATOI. I see you Charles Hudon, Alex DeBrincat and Antoine Roussel. You won’t be making big slashes down the stretch.
New number: 106 players

Step 4.
Removing any Thru percentage below 60%. You’ve heard Wayne Gretzky say you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take? Well I say you miss 100% of the shots that never arrive on net.
New number: 27 players (for the record – this removed Sidney Crosby, Brent Burns, Steven Stamkos etc..)

Step 5.
Remove shot attempts sub 225. I want someone who isn’t afraid to fire on net, not only do goals come from it but more and more we see assists off rebounds.
New number: 19

Step 6.
Remove any player who is over 70% owned currently, all of this is for naught if the player isn’t even available.
New Number: 7

Here are your 7 players to target through the final stretch in order of who I think will have the best – worst end of the year.

-Craig Smith (29% owned) 20 goals and 19 assists so far with 12 power play points. 4 points in his last 5 games. I think Nashville is going to be making a strong push and he could be a solid add.

-Nick Bjugstad (22% owned) 14 goals and 24 assists with 6 power play points. 7 points in his last 5 games. Florida is on the 2nd longest win streak in franchise history and Nick is a strong piece of that puzzle.

-Mikko Koivu (24% owned) 12 goals and 26 assists with 14 power play points. 6 points in his last 5 games. Mikko is always overlooked.

-Nico Hischier (30% owned) 13 goals and 28 assists with 6 power play points. – No points in his last 5 games. This on top of Taylor’s 24 game point streak (and they are on the same line!!). Rookies always hit dry patches, he should rebound soon.

-Derick Brassard (40% owned) 19 goals and 21 assists with 5 power play points – 2 points in 4 games since trade to Pittsburgh

-Rick Nash (55% owned) 20 goals and 11 assists with 5 power play points – 3 points in 5 games since trade to Boston – I maintain this Is not going to yield big results

-Gustav Nyquist (14% owned) 16 goals and 14 assists with 6 power play points. – only 1 point in the last 5 games.

Definitions:

CORSI Relative:
Player (Shots on Target + Missed Shots + Blocked Shots)/(Shots against + Missed Shots against + Blocked Shots against)
Minus: Team (Shots on Target + Missed Shots + Blocked Shots)/(Shots against + Missed Shots against + Blocked Shots against)

Expected +/-
This is the expected +/- given where a player shoots from compared to league wide averages scoring
from those areas of the offensive zone for and against.

ATOI
Average Time on Ice per game. 3rd

Thru %
Percentage of shots that actually end up on net (Total Shots – Missed Shots – Blocked shots)