The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Hockey
Sidney Crosby had the most points this week with 11, so congratulations to him on being awarded the NHL's first star of the week in a few hours. Here are your FHS Stars of the Week:
EDIT: I stand corrected - the NHL did the right thing and also gave first star to Bobrovsky. Nice!
3rd Star, from the Anaheim Ducks, numero 15, Ryan Getzlaf... who knows what happened last year, but Getzlaf is back. It stands to reason - in the four years prior to his "off" 2011-12 season, he was a 1.09 PPG player. If you bought low or drafted late, you are a genius and I am not. Getzlaf had 13 hits in four games this week. Thirteen! In case your league counts more than hits, Getz also chipped in three goals, six assists, plus-7, and a couple of blocks and PIM.
2nd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 14, Chris Kunitz... I'd like to apologize on behalf of all of us here at FHS. We totally spaced out on posting the "Why You Should Draft Kunitz Before Malkin" article before the season started. I guess each of us thought one of the other guys was doing it, you know, sometimes we lose track of things. Now we look so stupid. Anyway, Kuntiz freaked out this week, to the tune of 6+3=9, plus-7, 14 shots, six hits and three blocks. Three of his goals were on the PP, so that was extra-special. Dude is third in league scoring!
1st Star, from the Columbus Blue Jackets, numero 72, Sergei Bobrovsky... There was a lot of scoring this week - 14 players had at least seven points. It was also an interesting week statistically for goalies, with 15 goalies posting two wins each. Bobrovsky doubled up on all of them, posting four straight wins. His 106 saves were also tops. Throw in a shutout, 0.77 GAA and .972 SV%, and you have the player who was most valuable to his fantasy team this week.
Rookie Star of the Week: Jake Muzzin. He beats out Brandon Saad for this award, because Muzzin's name is Muzzin, and how much better than Saad does Muzzin sound? When I hear Muzzin, I think of lying in bed at 9:30am on a nice Sunday morning. Read the newspaper, maybe check stats on the iPad, or even roll over and go back to sleep for half an hour. It's up to you - today is your day! Muzzin. 3+1=4, plus-7, nine SOG and 13 hits this week. Muzzin.
Breakout Star of the Week: Slava Voynov. Hey, Drew Doughty owners. FUCK YOU. I'm Slava Voynov! I will make you crazy! Haha, look at me, so many points this week! Like, I'm talking SEVEN points! Your puny Doughty had, like what, two? Yes, TWO! That's right, I asked you the question, even though I already knew the answer. I just wanted to hear you say it! Did you like that? Did you also like it when Drew Doughty used to run the powerplay? Haha, I'm Slava VOYNOV!
Breakdown of the Week: Jaroslav Halak / Brian Elliott. I guess Ken Hitchcock figured Halak and Elliott fantasy owners don't already have enough crap to worry about. With Halak and Elliott shitting bed, Hitchcock called up Jake Allen and started him in two of the Blues' four games this week. Allen won both games. The wins were sandwiched between a loss where Halak was pulled after allowing five goals on 21 shots (Elliott saved 1/8 in relief), and another loss where Halak stopped 18 of 21 shots for a .857 SV%. Halak finishes the week with 4.55/ .810 peripherals. Elliott finishes the week in no-man's land. Fresh hell.