Fantasy Stars of the Week

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The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Hockey.

3rd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 87, Sidney Crosby... very tough call between Matt Moulson and Crosby here. Both players had seven points and while Moulson had the edge in goals (3-2), shots (16-10) and PPG (3-1), Crosby won assists (5-4), PIM (2-0) and plus-minus (plus-4 vs. minus-2). The deciding factor was Crosby winning 41 of 72 faceoffs (56.9%), and while Moulson did finish at a perfect 100% in the circle, his one measly draw isn't going to do much for you.

2nd Star, from the Anaheim Ducks, numero 30, Viktor Fasth...what a story the 30 year-old rookie is turning into. Three starts, three more wins,1.90 GAA, .935 SV%, and he's a perfect 8-0 to start his NHL career. It looks like the starting gig will be his to lose for now, but don't count out Jonas Hiller yet, despite his awful start.

1st Star, from the New York Islanders, numero 91, John Tavares...one of three players to net seven points this week, but the only player to score five goals. JT put on a show vs. the Devils on Saturday, with the hat trick (one PPG, one GWG), a PPA and six shots. He finished the week with 5+2=7, two PIM, 16 shots, three PPG and one GWG. Hallelujah.

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Rookie Star of the Week: Jonathan Huberdeau. With three goals in three games this week, he now leads the Panthers in goals with six and is second in team points with nine, one behind Tomas Fleischmann. Hubs also had two PIM, three hits, 11 shots and finished the week plus-2.

Breakout Star of the Week: Jiri Tlusty. Lining up with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin is kind of like being the drummer in ZZ Top. Or, maybe not. Tlusty had a great week with 4+2=6, plus-6, two PIM and eight shots over three games. All four of his goals were scored in the third period. Two were empty-netters. T to the Lusty.

Breakdown of the Week: Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe, and Dan Boyle, for netting a single point each over three games, all losses. Guess we might as well add Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss to the list too. although at least Niemi kept his peripherals respectable. Greiss allowed six goals in his only start. Against the Blue Jackets. Yep.

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