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.
With 12 games and 24 teams in action, we saw plenty of hockey to get us through the Christmas break. Now in the middle of a mandated break, us hockey fans as well as players anticipate a big day on Saturday. Having said that, since there were so many teams in action, choosing three standout players proved incredibly difficult. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Marc Savard, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) – Savard played a vital role in the Bruins 6-4 victory over the Thrashers. Going blow-for-blow with the offensive powerhouse in Atlanta, the 32-year-old center stepped up and lead his team to victory. On the night, Savard put three points on the scoreboard, a goal and two assists all of which coming on the powerplay. In addition, the Ottawa, Ontario native fired four shots on goal while posting a plus one rating.
SECOND STAR: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers (0-1-0) – Gaborik played his usual game, helping the New York Rangers win their fourth straight game. The 27-year-old right wing scored a shorthanded goal and assisted on a powerplay tally from Vaclav Prospal. Furthermore, Gaborik fired an impressive seven shots on goal while taking two minor penalties and posting a plus one for the evening. Solid contributions across six categories makes the Trencin, Czechoslovakia native our second star for the evening.
FIRST STAR: Bill Guerin, Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0) – The Penguins defeated Ottawas last night by the hefty mark of 8-2. In the middle of the scoring was Bill Guerin. Moving off a line with Sidney Crosby, the 37-year-old thrived with Evgeni Malkin as his pivot. The veteran scored two goals and two assists, two of which coming on the powerplay. Moreover, the Wilbraham, Massachusetts native took nine shots on goal while finishing a plus one, making him our choice for first star of the day.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Simon Gagne, Mike Richards, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Maxim Afinogenov, Scott Gomez, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Kunitz, Alexander Ovechkin
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