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.
Big night in the hockey world as we saw 12 games and 24 teams in action. We also received a small bonus with a not to boring Sunday here at the Hot Stove. Some great rivalries fought in battle against each other in what was an irresistible event for every hockey fan. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (0-1-1) – Another huge night for Ovi as the right wing scored one and assisted on two more. The Great 8 fired five shots on goal while finishing the evening a plus three. In the midst of numerous trade rumors, this 24-year-old showed why his team currently sits in first place and that perhaps they don’t need support from a rental player. Ovi now scored an impressive 25 goals in his first 30 games.
SECOND STAR: Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings (0-1-1) – Bertuzzi continued his torrid scoring pace, leading his Red Wings to a 2-1 victory. Perhaps what was most impressive is the fact that Big Bert scored both of his teams goals, one on the powerplay and one even strength. In addition, the 24-year-old posted a perfect plus one rating while firing four shots on goal and sitting two minutes in the box. Enjoying a second wind to what appeared to be a washed up career, Bertuzzi should continue his scoring now that his confidence is sky high.
FIRST STAR: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (2-0-0) – Sedin makes this list for the second time in a row. The winger scored a powerplay goal while assisting on two even strength goals leading his team to a 4-1 victory. The 29-year-old added one shot on goal, a plus one rating and sat two minutes in the penalty box making him a contributor across all six standard offensive categories. Now with 26 points in 20 games, I wonder what his point totals would be had he remained healthy.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Scott Gomez, Steve Downie, Patrik Berglund, Nicklas Backstrom, Kyle Okposo
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