Welcome to week two of fantasy hockey’s 5 studs and 5 duds of the week. We're starting to see some results on our investments going into the 2nd week of the season. Most teams have already played 6 or 7 games and we're getting a good look at which players will help lead us to victory in our fantasy league.
This week’s five hot players feature a couple of players who scored hat-tricks, a player who bounced back from what he called “one of the worst game of his life,” a sleeper goalie who is catching some serious heat and finally the line of the week, which features 3 players who are currently apart of the best line in hockey. As for the duds of the week, some similar faces are back to haunt fantasy owners, with 2 unlikely faces who were first round picks in some fantasy hockey pools. Let us now begin with one of the hottest players of week two, starting off with a player who bounced back from what he called “one of the worst games of his entire career.
10 10. Stud: Henrik Zetterberg (1G, 4A, +3)
9 9. Dud: Milan Lucic (0G, 2A, EVEN)
8 8. Stud: Frederik Andersen (4W, 0L, 1.25 GAA)
7 7. Dud: Nathan MacKinnon: 0G, 3A, -1
6 6. Stud: Steven Stamkos (5 G, 1A, +2)
5 5. Dud: Marian Hossa (0G, 0A, -1)
4 4. Stud: “That 70’s Line” Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter & Tyler Toffoli (9G, 8A, +20)
3 3. Dud: Nail Yakupov (0G, 0A. -6)
2 2. Stud: Tyler Seguin (4G, 4A, +6)
1 1. Dud: Tuukka Rask (1W, 1L, 3.5 GAA)
Fantasy owners who selected Rask expected a lot of starts, a lot of wins and a low goals against average. Unfortunately in week 2, this was not the case. Rask only started 2 out of the 4 Bruins’s games, picking up a crushing loss to the Habs where he let in 5 before being yanked. Uncharacteristically for Rask, the Bruin goaltender allowed 7 goals on just 43 shots this past week, making for a pretty bad save percentage. Not having started a game since Thursday and with a much more relaxed schedule compared to the previous week, look for Rask to improve on his tough numbers in week 3. Keep your faith in Tuukka.
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