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.
Certainly a slower night in hockey with one bigger hockey match-up. The offense deserves its fame as only three of twelve teams scored two goals or fewer. Certainly a big night for the forward/defense portion of your fantasy team. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Radek Dvorak, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – Dvorak turned back the clock to almost ten years ago, when he was a consistent scoring threat. Now a 32-year-old veteran who mostly dons a checking line, the Panthers rely on him to bring solid two-way play while chipping in goals. Last night, he did just that — chipping in a goal and assisting on two more giving him a three point night. Now on a season high five-game point streak the native of Tabor, Czechoslovakia posted an impressive plus five while firing three shots on net. Back with his original team, Dvorak will help the Panthers win games. However, I cannot say the same thing with confidence about your fantasy team.
SECOND STAR: Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey Devils (0-1-0) – Only three games removed from a season-high seven game point streak, Langenbrunner looks to begin another. The grizzled 34-year-old scored a powerplay goal helping his team defeat the Senators 4-2. A Cloquet, Minnesota native, the Devils captain mixed it up giving his fantasy owners six penalty minutes, two shots on goal and a modest plus one. Now with 29 points in 33 games, Langenbrunner remains a solid option as your second line right wing and should get heavy consideration in representing the USA in the Olympics.
FIRST STAR: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0) – Another year passes and this diminutive forward shows no signs of slowing down. The francophone scored a goal and assisted on two more leading the Lightning to a 6-3 victory over the Blues. Not only did the 34-year-old finish with an impressive plus four but he also added two shots on goal and sat two minutes. A solid effort across five of six standard categories makes him our first star of the night.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Rostislav Olesz, Ryan Kesler, Jeff Halpern
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