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Saturday’s top 5 star performers feature a pair of hot goaltenders, a long awaited return and some well-rounded fantasy stat lines, all of which led their respective teams to victories on the ice. Here they are:
Stopped all 39 shots he faced in a 1-0 shootout win over the Coyotes. The blanking is his second in the last five games and he's now won six of his last eight starts, making him the hottest goalie in the fantasy world right now as the Jackets as a team look to surprise some people late in the season.
One goal, two assists and a plus-2 rating to go along with 5 PIMs for his bout with the Capitals' Matt Hendricks in the second period of the game make Horton's effort an all around great fantasy day, obviously even moreso for leagues that reward time in the sin bin. His 16 points on the season is par for the course, while is Lady Byng like 11 PIMs are less than fantasy owners probably expected.
Two goals, one assist and a plus-2 rating in an 8-1 drubbing of the Dallas Stars. Though this last one doesn't count for fantasy stats generally speaking, he also won 13 of 16 face-offs in the matchup. He's got eight points in his last six games and it goes without saying he's a premier talent on the best team in the NHL.
Notched his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the division rival New York Rangers. The victory gives Fleury four straight wins and 15 on the season. Though Crosby and the boys helped out a lot in a 5-4 win over the Leafs to start the streak, Fleury's only given up three goals in the last three contests.
Two goals (including the game-winner on the power-play with 1:06 left in OT), one assist, and a plus-2 rating against the Buffalo Sabres. He now has points in three straight games (3 goals, 2 assists).
A pair of goals against the Leafs on two very nice plays. He's got four goals and an assist in the last three games.
Marian Hossa - Chicago Blackhawks (RW)
Two goals, including one on the power-play, and a plus-2 rating against the Dallas Stars. He now has 13 on the season and has been a big reason for the ‘Hawks success this year.
Scored his first two goals of the season against the Jets in his first game back from a broken forearm. The goals were his first markers since February of last year. A plus-1 rating, five shots on goal and four minutes in the penalty box made it an all around good fantasy night.
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