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On a lazy Sunday morning, instead of Mr Pibb and Red Vines, I give you something decidedly less crazy and delicious - the Avs' 2nd-half splits:

 

G A P PT +/- PiM PPG
Ryan Smyth  31 13 16 29  - 5 20 0.94
Milan Hejduk  31 12 11 23  - 9 8 0.74
Marek Svatos  30 8 10 18  - 7 6 0.60
Wojtek Wolski  31 4 12 16  - 6 6 0.52
Chris Stewart  30 7 6 13  - 17 38 0.43
Tyler Arnason  26 3 9 12  - 7 2 0.46
Cody McLeod  28 7 5 12  - 4 60 0.43
T.J. Hensick  23 2 6 8  - 7 0 0.35
Ben Guite  24 2 5 7 + 2 18 0.29
Paul Stastny  11 1 4 5  - 5 6 0.45
Darcy Tucker  26 3 2 5  - 8 22 0.19
Ian Laperriere  25 3 2 5  - 4 42 0.20
Cody McCormick  20 0 4 4  - 4 49 0.20
Brian Willsie  24 1 2 3  - 7 6 0.13
David Jones  3 2 1 3 + 2 0 1.00
Joe Sakic  0 0 0 0  E 0
Matt Hendricks  2 0 0 0  E 2 0.00
Philippe Dupuis  3 0 0 0  - 1 0 0.00
Chris Durno  2 0 0 0  E 0 0.00
T.J. Galiardi  1 0 0 0  - 3 0 0.00

 

Just two forwards with a +/- in the black...which is two more than the blueliners (I'm skipping Leopold and Nycholat):

 

G A P PT +/- PiM PPG
John-Michael Liles  26 5 12 17  - 11 11 0.65
Ruslan Salei  29 3 8 11  - 5 42 0.38
Scott Hannan  31 0 6 6  - 9 16 0.19
Brett Clark  31 0 5 5  - 14 10 0.16
Adam Foote  12 1 2 3  - 5 12 0.25
Daniel Tjarnqvist  24 0 1 1  - 2 2 0.04
Derek Peltier  2 0 0 0  - 1 0 0.00
Kyle Cumiskey  3 0 0 0  E 0 0.00
Michael Vernace  2 0 0 0  - 1 2 0.00

 

And let's not exclude the goalies from the fun:

   GP   W    L  OT GAA GA SA SV SV% TOI SO
Peter Budaj 17 6 9 1 3.31 52 435 383 0.880 943.7 0
Andrew Raycroft 16 4 11 0 3.53 54 465 411 0.884 918.7 0

 

Looking above, Ryan Smyth is clearly the guy setting the pace for the Avs this year in the 2nd half. What I want to know is how the 2nd half compares to the first. Here's a look at the 23 players with games in both (again, skipping Leopold and Nycholat) and how their PPG (points per game) rate has change from the first half to the 2nd half:

 

1st Half GP 2nd Half GP PPG Ch
David Jones  37 3 0.73
Cody McLeod  41 28 0.26
Ryan Smyth  41 31 0.23
Tyler Arnason  40 26 0.21
John-Michael Liles  39 26 0.17
Marek Svatos  34 30 0.16
Scott Hannan  40 31 0.14
Ruslan Salei  39 29 0.12
Chris Stewart  16 30 0.12
Adam Foote  30 12 0.12
Ben Guite  16 24 0.04
Brian Willsie  10 24 0.03
Milan Hejduk  41 31 0.01
Kyle Cumiskey  3 3 0.00
Philippe Dupuis  5 3 0.00
T.J. Hensick  28 23 -0.01
Brett Clark  41 31 -0.01
Wojtek Wolski  40 31 -0.06
Cody McCormick  25 20 -0.08
Darcy Tucker  30 26 -0.11
Ian Laperriere  39 25 -0.13
Daniel Tjarnqvist  13 24 -0.19
Paul Stastny  34 11 -0.46

 

That's a very interesting list. You can throw out Jones and his 3 games. That leaves you with McLeod, Smyth, Arnason, Svatos and Stewart having significant scoring rate improvements in the 2nd half. If you just started singing "one of these things is not like the others" you aren't alone, but before we extend the effort to pull Arnason out from under the bus, let's remember that he isn't exactly tearing up the 2nd half (his 2nd half PPG rate would give him just 37 points in 82 games); Arnason is no doubt helped by his dismal 1st half (10 points in 40 games).

Liles and Salei are really the two defensemen who've made an improvement in the 2nd half. Foote and Hannan are on that list as well, but each were dreadful offensively in the 1st half (2 points), and aren't exactly going to be confused for Paul Coffey now.

And that brings us to the 2nd half faders: Tucker, Lappy, Tjarmin and, yes, the prodigal son. It's just 11 2nd-half games, but that last line is a little disconcerting, no? Really, the other 2nd half drops aren't very substantial (an errant assist probaly would have removed any of those guys from the list), but Stastny's will be very important if it continues.