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 two games last night, and four teams in action so not too much to discuss. Our betting expert Anthony Curatolo did well, going a perfect 2-2 and sticking by his sure bet of the night in a slumping New York Rangers team. Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 4, 2009:
THIRD STAR: Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) – Wheeler made last night’ s contest interesting with a game-tying goal with four minutes left in regulation time. Even though his Bruins eventually fell to the the Rangers 3-2, the 23-year-old scored a goal and an assist in over 16 minutes of ice time. In addition, the former 5th overall pick finished a perfect plus two on the evening while firing two shots on goal.
SECOND STAR: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – The Slovenian phenom led the Kings to an impressive victory last night as they defeated the Sharks by a healthy 6-2 margin. Kopitar scored the game winning goal and assisted on an insurance goal giving him two powerplay points for the night. In addition, he fired two shots on goal giving him respectable marks across four offensive categories.
FIRST STAR: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (1-0-0) – Easily our first star of the night, the Team Canada member assisted on four of the six points scored. Doughty assisted on three powerplay goals and the game’s first goal, which came at even strength. On top of that he posted a perfect plus one while sitting two minutes in the penalty box.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Jonathan Quick, Brandon Dubinsky, Michal Handzus
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