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 three separate teams score over six goals. Ironically it was one blowout, the Penguins 6-1 drudging of the Flyers that yields our three stars. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-1) – Malkin capped off the night’s scoring with a shorthanded goal with less than two minutes left. The talented Russian also assisted on fellow Russian expatriate Ruslan Fedotenko’s third period tally. Now a grizzled veteran at age 23, Geno fired five shots on net and sat four minutes in the box. The native of Magnitogorsk posted an impressive plus two rating giving him solid contributions across five offensive categories, six if you team counts shorthanded points.
SECOND STAR: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (0-2-1) – The Penguins captain led his team in a big way, scoring a powerplay goal and assisting on two more. Sid the Kid fired five shots on net while finishing a perfect plus two on the evening making for an overall impressive line. No stranger to this list, there is no surprise on our part that he made it again. Crosby seems to have found a scoring touch he previously lacked and the sky is certainly the limit in this case.
FIRST STAR: Ruslan Fedotenko, Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0) – Speaking completely from a fantasy perspective Fedotenko played the best hockey of everyone. He assisted on Crosby’s powerplay goal to start the scoring and added one of his own in the third period. The 30-year-old veteran posted a plus one rating, fired three shots on goal and sat four minutes in the box making him our first star of the night.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Nicklas Backstrom
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