Fantasy Stars of the Week

Dilip Vishwanat

The biggest and brightest from the past week in fantasy hockey.

3rd Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 55, Niklas Kronwall. Three straight two-point games for Kronwall this week, and overall he's on a six game point streak now. This week he brought you one goal, five assists, plus-5, five shots, six hits and ten blocked shots. That's quite a buffet. I predict MasterOfPuppets will feel Kronwall deserved second star.

2nd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 18, James Neal. All week long, The Real Deal Happy Meal Keep it Real Banana Peel James Neal was nestled comfortably into the soft, inviting folds of Malkin's ample coattails. Or something like that. Four goals, three assists, plus-3, four penalty minutes, 19 shots, a couple of hits and four blocked shots for Neal this week.

1st Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 71, Evgeni Malkin. Three goals, six assists, plus-5, eight penalty minutes, 13 shots, 28-21 (57%) in faceoffs, and this one will probably go down as the best week of the season by any player. Just like that, Malkin is on a 105-point pace. If you managed to acquire him while he was "slumping", the time to gloat is now.

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Rookie Star of the Week: Chris Kreider. You probably recall that Kreider started his NHL career in the playoffs, playing 18 games in the Rangers' 2012 run. Since playoff games don't count toward Calder Trophy eligibility, Kreider finds himself still technically a rookie, despite playing another 23 regular season games last season. Anyway, he had a hat trick on Saturday against Vancouver and finished the week with three goals, one assist, plus-2, six penalty minutes, 14 shots, seven hits and two blocked shots. Over 82 games his season stats prorate to 25+41=66, 57 PIM, plus-33, 209 SOG, and 176 hits.

Breakout Star of the Week: Jason Garrison. Before this week, he was riding an impotency streak of one assist in 14 games, despite taking 41 shots in that span and logging healthy PP minutes the whole time. The dam broke this week, and your patience was rewarded with a goal, four assists, two penalty minutes, seven shots and three powerplay points. His lone goal was both a GWG and PPG.

Breakdown of the Week: Matt Duchene. Looks like he may have returned from injury at less than 100%. In three games this week: no points and a minus-2. Just a blip on the radar, but one that may have ruined your week. Breakdown is always the toughest of these "awards" to pick, so I mostly find myself choosing a guy I own on one of my teams. If you were affected by a week worse than Duchene's, let us know.

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