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.
Only four games and eight teams in action following an exciting night in hockey. Of the four games, it was the first contest which we derived all of our stars for the night. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Arron Asham, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) – Asham helped his team keep the game close, playing his part in half of the Flyers scoring this Sunday. The rugged winger scored a goal and assisted on one by Darroll Powe helping the team tie the game before their eventual fall to the Senators 7-4. Not usually known for his scoring prowess, the 31-year-old added two penalty minutes, one shot and a plus one giving him contributions across five categories.
SECOND STAR: Chris Kelly, Ottawa Senators (0-1-0) – Kelly continues his resurgent year helping the Sens stay in the playoff picture. The 29-year-old sits on pace for 41 points which would eclipse his previous high of 38 in 2006-2007. Against the Flyers, Kelly scored a goal and assisted on two more giving him three points on the night. In addition, he finished with a plus one, three shots on goal and two penalty minutes making him a solid second star on the night.
FIRST STAR: Alexei Kovalev, Ottawa Senators (1-0-0) – Kovalev turned back the clock to a mere two years ago when he averaged over a point-per-game. The veteran winger scored four goals, as many as the entire Flyer team, as well as assisting on another, giving him five points total. The 36-year-old finished a perfect plus five while firing an impressive six shots on goal. Good to see what Kovy can do when he decides to play.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Ryan Shannon, Anton Volchenkov, Radek Dvorak, Marian Hossa, Petteri Nokelainen, Carey Price, Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly
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