Each night we’ll take a spin around the NHL and check out the ‘Three Stars’ of the night in terms of Fantasy Hockey.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT: The New York Islanders applied plenty of heat against the starting netminder of the Penguins, but he turned away all 33 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout victory at Nassau Coliseum. It was Fleury’s third consecutive victory, and his first shutout of the season. He has been on fire this season, allowing three or fewer goals in each of his eight appearances, making up for the lack of C Sidney Crosby (concussion) on the offensive end, and the absence of C Evgeni Malkin (knee) most evenings.
Joe Pavelski, C, SJ: Pavelski lit the lamp twice in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory at Nashville, including the game-winner in the third period. It is becoming a regular happening for Pavelski, who now has three straight multi-point games. During the span, he has four goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating. The three-game run comes on the heels of a three-game scoreless streak. The great news about owning Pavelski is that he is never afraid to squeeze off a shot, as he has four or more SOG in five of his seven games.
Grant Clitsome, D, CLB: Clitsome had a hand in three of his team’s four goals in a shocking victory against the Detroit Red Wings. He also picked up a minor penalty, and was plus-1, his first time in the positive all season. He managed just 16:44 of ice time and 24 shifts, which was a season-low, but he came through with his first power play points of the season. Clitsome entered the game with a total of two assists and a minus-2 rating over his first eight games.
Fantasy dud of the night
Robert Luongo, VAN: Louie let in three goals on his first 11 shots Tuesday at Edmonton, and bench boss Alain Vigneault benched him in favor of Cory Schneider in the second period. Luongo has just two victory in five outings this season, and he has allowed three or more goals in four of those starts. A 2-3-1 record with a 3.45 Goals-Against Average (GAA) and .868 save percentage is not exactly what Fantasy owners had in mind when picking Louie in the early rounds.