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, big night in hockey with 13 games and 26 teams in action. We witnessed a blow out and even a laser pointer fiasco out west. Cheap plug but our goalie starters went 26/26. Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 9, 2010:
THIRD STAR: Tom Poti, Washington Capitals (0-0-1) –Poti helped the Capitals make short work of their division rivals, with a 8-1 route of the Thrashers. The 32-year-old veteran defenseman scored a powerplay goal and assisted on two more giving him three points on the evening. In a little under 22 minutes of ice time he also fired three shots on net while finishing the game with a perfect plus-two rating.
SECOND STAR: Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals (0-3-0) – Another Cap to make the list, Semin scored two and assisted on Poti’s goal, also giving him three points in the game. The native of Krasjonarsk skated under 17 minutes but still managed to be effective. He also added a perfect plus-two rating while throwing four shots on the net, good enough for our second star of the night.
FIRST STAR: Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0) – Eager to get back in the lineup, the 35-year-old showed he felt 100 percent. Gonchar scored two goals, one on the powerplay and one at even strength, and assisted on another posting the same number of points as our previous entries. Unlike them, he fired six shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and (actually like them) posted a perfect plus-two. Even though Gonchar nursed a right foot injury since the end of December and sat out all of January he showed no signs of rust, earning our first star of the night for the second time this season.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Brandon Dubinsky, Erik Christensen, Sidney Crosby, Bill Guerin, Drew Stafford, Zach Parise, Travis Zajac, Josh Bailey