3rd Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 55, Niklas Kronwall...after a quiet start to the week, Kronwall got his fantasy shit together for a pair of three point games. He finished the week with 2+4=6, plus-5, two PIM, eight shots, three hits and eight blocks. With Lidstrom retired, Kronwall is averaging almost a full two minutes more TOI-PP this year, It's still early and yadda yadda, but his stats so far this year prorate to 13+56=69 and 39 PPP over 82 games.
2nd Star, from the Philadelphia Flyers, numero 28, Claude Giroux...well, the Giroux you wanted is back. Check it out: three goals, four assists, plus-2, 15 shots, eight hits, four blocks, two PPP, and 55 faceoff wins (53.4%) over four games this week. I think this type of surge from Giroux really proves that the Flyers are rallying around Ilya Bryzgalov instead of calling Social Services to take him away.
1st Star, from the Philadelphia Flyers, numero 93, Jakub Voracek...prior to this week, Voracek had a respectable 3+ 8=11 in his first 16 games, good for 60th overall in league scoring at the time. That was before all hell broke loose. Four assists vs. the Islanders, a hat trick two nights later vs. the Penguins, another goal the next night vs. the Panthers, and for an encore, a three-assist outburst vs. the Jets on Saturday. All that adds up to a beauty 4+7=11, plus-3, 18 shots and five PPP on the week This level of production is obviously not sustainable, but the kid is on some kind of a roll.
Rookie Star of the Week: Ben Scrivens. Although he posted wins in only two of his four starts, it's hard to ignore 117 saves, a shutout, 2.12 GAA and .932 SV%,. Congratulations if you now look like a genius for grabbing Scrivens off the wire or staying patient with him on the farm, but keep in mnd this is a 1A/1B situation when Reimer returns. He was playing great too. Honorable mention this week goes to Cory Conacher, Alex Galchenyuk, and Jonathan Huberdeau, all of whom posted 2+2=4 in four games.
Breakout Star of the Week: Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds had an impactful 2011-12 season, with 28 goals, 114 PIM and 197 shots. He was off to a nice start this year too, with eight points in 13 games before really exploding this week. Over four games, Simmonds posted 3+4=7, ten shots and seven hits, but it was the 17 PIM that almost made hm one of our three stars this week. Scott Hartnell is back now, so it will be interesting to see how Simmonds is used, but it is worth noting that his TOI-PP hasn't changed too much (3:13 last year, 3:49 this year).with Hartnell out
Breakdown of the Week: Mike Green. His start to this year wasn't spectacular, but it gave his owners reason for optimism. 2+5=7 and 33 shots in 14 games while averaging 26:30 TOI with 4:43 on the PP. And since nine of those games were losses, production could heat up if the Capitals were to go on a little streak, right? No. Not right. He's missed three straight games and just for kicks, here are the headlines from Mike Green's last 13 Rotoworld updates:
Mike Green thinks he can bounce back
Mike Green claims he's at 100 percent
Mike Green gets two points Friday
Mike Green leaves Saturday practice early
Mike Green leaves practice with mild LBI
Mike Green might not play Sunday night in NYC
Mike Green missed his first game of the season
Mike Green might practice Wednesday
Mike Green skates briefly Weds. at practice
Caps' Green a game-time decision for Thursday
Green practices Friday, might play Saturday
Mike Green to be game-time decision Saturday
Mike Green will not play Saturday
Mike Green misses Saturday's contest
Mike Green is a soul-sucking fantasy black hole (that one's mine)