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.
A few important things happened last night. The Flames broke a scary win less streak while Steve Mason somewhat redeemed himself in the eyes of his team. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Rene Bourque, Calgary Flames (0-1-1) – Bourque played a pivotal role in leading his team to a 4-1 victory. The Lac La Biche, Alberta native scored three, one on the powerplay, one shorthanded and one even strength. In addition, this 28-year-old fired only three shots on net giving him a perfect shooting percentage while also posting a perfect plus two.
SECOND STAR: Olli Jokinen, Calgary Flames (1-1-0) – The Joker helped Bourque and his team last night, breaking what seems like a yearlong drought. Jokinen assisted on two goals, one of which coming with the man advantage, while firing five shots on goal. In addition, the 31-year-old took a minor penalty while posting a plus two.
FIRST STAR: Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1) – Somehow Staal outperformed the first place Capitals. The 25-year-old scored two and assisted on three more giving him an impressive five points on the evening, one of which coming on the powerplay. Moreover the team’s alternate captain posted a plus four, took four shots on goal and even sat four minutes in the box. Hands down tonight’s first star.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Zach Parise, Jussi Jokinen, Chris Neil, Chris Campoli, Eric Belanger, Scott Parse
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