In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.
Last night was a great night for hockey. While we expected close games in Philadelphia and Toronto, both matches ended in blow outs. Is this a turning point for the Bruins and Capitals? The same could be said for the Flyers and Leafs. Regardless, the scorers on the winning teams proved invaluable to their fantasy owners.
THIRD STAR: Marco Sturm, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) – The 31-year-old winger took advantage of playing top minutes. Sturm scored a goal and added a powerplay assist in the Bruins 7-2 drubbing of the Leafs. The German native sat two minutes in the box, took four shots on goal and posted a plus two rating giving him contributions across all six standard offensive categories.
Fantasy Note – Now with 16 points on the season, he now has four points in his last three games. Known to score in bunches throughout his career, Sturm should keep this up for the next few games. If the Bruins right the ship he should maintain his pace and be a large part of their turnaround.
SECOND STAR: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (1-1-0) – The young Swede continues to put his brief, three game slump behind him with ten points in his last four games. Perhaps more impressive is that over that span he has doubled his goal production for the season, from four to eight. Last night Backstrom scored a goal and assisted on four more, three of which were on the powerplay. Combined with a plus one and two shots on net the 22-year-old simply dominated the Flyers.
FIRST STAR: Mike Green, Washington Capitals (1-0-1) – No surprise that our first star is another Capital. Green victimized Peter Laviolette’s Flyers with two goals and two assists. Paramount to the powerplay success for the team three out of his four points came with the man advantage. The 24-year-old finished with a a solid plus two rating and 100 percent shooting percentage making him our first star of the day.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Ray Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Marc Savard
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