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 we saw six hockey games and a total of twelve teams in action. Of the twelve teams, six of them finished with two goals or less. Good night for goalies. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Brian Elliot, Ottawa Senators (0-0-1) – Filling if for the injured Pascal Leclaire, Elliot performed at a higher level last night shutting out the punch-less Flyers 2-0. A solid 23 save effort for the 24-year-old. In his previous six games, the Ontario native surrendered at least three goals so use him carefully. His stock is very limited once Leclaire returns as he certainly makes very little argument for staying a number one.
SECOND STAR: Mark Recchi, Boston Bruins (0-1-0) – Anyone notice how playing the Leafs brings the best out of the Bruins? The last time these two teams faced each other it was David Krejci and Marc Savard stepping up. Last night it was Krejci and Recchi. Recchi scored two insurance goals, one on the powerplay and the other an empty netter helping his team defeat the Leafs 5-2. In addition, the grizzled veteran took six shots on net and posted a plus one. Solid statistics over four offensive categories makes him today’s second star.
FIRST STAR: Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0) – The 35-year-old played a pivotal role in the Penguins 3-2 victory in Montreal scoring a goal and assisting on another. In addition the Russian native fired four shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and posted a plus one rating giving him markers across five offensive categories. It surprises me that it took this long for Gonchar to make this list. The star defenseman is on pace for his usual season of double digit goals and a plethora of assists.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): David Krejci, Pascal Dupuis, Rick Nash, Jack Johnson
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