Fantasy Pool Look: Road warriors

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With 82 games on the schedule for 30 NHL teams, it is impossible for the schedule-maker to move all teams through the season with the same amount of home games at any given time. Combine that with the notable differences in a player’s performance at home versus away and you could use that information to your advantage. In a follow-up to Tuesday’s piece focusing on the home-ice studs, let’s take a look at the road warriors.

Here are some players who have been doing extremely well on the road, but are rather ordinary in front of the home crowd.

Ales Hemsky, Edmonton

Road: 12GP 3G 8A

Home: 8GP 3G 1A

Hemsky, currently sidelined with a leg injury, has been a road warrior for a while now. In 2008-09, the last season in which he played a decent amount of games, he had 37 points in 37 games on the road, versus 29 points in 35 games at home. The Oilers have a six-game homestand in December, so perhaps trading him for high value prior to that is the right move. Of course, you have to hope his leg injury is a minor one for that to come to fruition…

Jussi Jokinen, Carolina

Road: 11GP 4G 9A

Home: 10GP 0G 4A

There is a big discrepancy here, especially considering his slow start while the Canes were on the road in early October. But even factoring out his four-point game in Pittsburgh (Nov. 19), the numbers strongly suggest he is more comfortable on the road. Carolina is on the road for most of December, so if the trend holds at the end of that month, then a trade should be explored before he spends much of January at home.

Andy McDonald, St. Louis

Road: 11GP 4G 7A

Home: 9GP 2G 2A

The numbers here are simply a reflection of McDonald breaking out of his doldrums while on the road. He has 10 points in his past seven games after a very slow start and seven of those points came in games against Phoenix, Colorado and Detroit – in their buildings.

Cal O’Reilly, Nashville

Road: 12GP 4G 6A

Home: 8GP 0G 3A

With a pile of home games coming up over the next few weeks for Nashville, perhaps it’s time to quietly shop Mr. O’Reilly. But only if someone is willing to, in your eyes, overpay.

Mark Recchi, Boston

Road: 10GP 4G 6A

Home: 10GP 0G 5A

The ageless winger produced at the same rate a season ago regardless of the building. Home has been so many arenas for him over the past two decades I can’t see it being a factor for Recchi in this case. So that means the trend will even out. In other words, look for stronger home numbers going forward.

Derek Roy, Buffalo

Road: 11GP 6G 9A

Home: 12GP 3G 5A

The Sabres don’t have any kind of extended homestand until the second half of February. Until then, it’s an even mix of home and road games. If where Roy plays truly is a factor, expect continued production from hm at the current pace for another two months.

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