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Top Performers, Injury Updates and Who to Watch.

(Week of 3/01/20-3/07/20)

Here is theBRKDWN’s weekly fantasy hockey recap, which covers the top skaters and goalies of the week, a player in the fantasy spotlight for the upcoming week and notable injuries updates.

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Fantasy Skaters of the Week

Mika Zibanejad (NYR)

  • 4 GP: 9 goals, 1 assist, 6 PP points.
    • Zibanejad lit the lamp nine times this week. Nine. He averaged over 2 goals per game this week, and also had a five-goal performance, which included the OT winner against the Washington Capitals. Zibanejad’s week is one of the top weeks for any player this season, and he now sits at 39 goals and 33 assists in only 55 games played.

Leon Draisaitl (EDM)

  • 4 GP: 4 goals, 4 assists, 2 PP points.
    • Draisaitl continues to widen the gap for the Hart Trophy. In four games, he had eight points, including a five point night against the Predators. His five point performance included four goals. Draisaitl has 110 points on the year, and is the top fantasy skater this season.

Evgeni Malkin (PIT)

  • 3 GP: 1 goal, 6 assists, 3 PP points.
    • Malkin had three great games this week, putting up seven total points. He had a four assist night against the Senators, and added two more in Buffalo. Malkin and Crosby continue to be one of the most lethal duos in the league, and as long as they can stay healthy, the Penguins will be a contender coming out of the Eastern conference.

Fantasy Goalies of the Week

Cam Talbot (CGY)

  • 3 Starts, 3 Wins, 1 Shutouts, and a SV% of .957.
    • Talbot won all three of his starts this past week, including a 38 save shutout against the Florida Panthers. His excellent play has helped him steal away playing time from David Rittich. On the season, Talbot sits at a 12-10-1 record with a 2.63 GAA.

Juuse Saros (NSH)

  • 3 starts, 2 wins, 2 shutouts, and a SV% of .971.
    • Saros won two of his three starts this week, which both happened to be shutouts against the Stars. The Predators completed a home and home series with Dallas, and came out on top in both games mainly thanks to Saros. The Stars put up a combined 70 shots in those two games, but Saros blocked them all and helped the Predators gain more ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)

  • 1 starts, 1 win, 1 shutout, and a SV% of 1.000.
    • Fleury only had one start this past week, but he definitely made a statement. He stopped 29 shots against the Oilers, and now is riding a five-game winning streak into the month of March. Vegas’ acquisition of Robin Lehner might cut into Fleury’s number of starts, but it’s safe to say the Golden Knights now have one of the best goaltending duos heading into playoff season. Vegas is currently leading the Pacific Division by four points over Edmonton.

Fantasy Spotlight of The Week:

Kailer Yamamoto (EDM)

Yamamoto has played only 25 games on the season, and truly came alive when McDavid was injured. Now that he’s back, Yamamoto is seeing less ice time, but still averaging around 17 minutes per game. Kailer has averaged just below a point per game, with 24 points in 25 games played. He’s been a great depth addition to the Oilers midway through the season, and he’s definitely making the most of his opportunity. He was recalled to Edmonton on New Years’ Eve, and has done everything in his power to balance out the top heavy Oilers offense.

Notable Injuries

Alexander Radulov (DAL) – Undisclosed

Victor Hedman (TB) – Undisclosed

Justin Faulk (STL) – Illness

Brandon Carlo (BOS) – Upper Body

Eric Staal (MIN) – Personal

James Van Riemsdyk (PHI) – Hand

Jay Beagle (VAN) – Undisclosed

Tomas Tatar (MON) – Upper Body

Cale Makar (COL) – Upper Body

Sergei Bobrovsky (FLA) – Lower Body