Fantasy Hockey: Saturday’s Top 5 Stars

Derek Leung

Saturday’s top 5 star performers features a pair of hat-tricks and a pair of shutouts, with a scorching hot sniper in between…a little something for everyone. Here it is!

1. Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers (LW)

Hall entered the record books last night breaking Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers record for the fastest three goals to start a game. The Great One did it in 12:38 back in 1986. Hall notched his third career hat-trick in just 7:53 and the Oilers never looked back, topping the Canucks 4-0. All four of the team's goals were scored in the opening period and Hall's magical night led the way.

2. Nazem Kadri - Toronto Maple Leafs (C)

Scored the last three goals of the game to go with a plus-3 rating in a 4-0 win over the division rival Sens and assisted on Joffrey Lupul's marker to open the game. The two are looking like quite the pair these days. The hat-trick is Kadri's second of the season and he's now sixth in the league in scoring.

3. Joffrey Lupul - Toronto Maple Leafs (LW, RW)

As noted above, Lupul opened the scoring against the Sens last night and assisted on all three of Nazem Kadri's goals. The two linemates have turned out to be quite the dynamic duo as Lupul is now on a six game point streak, which includes a staggering eight goals and six assists for 14 points, all of which came while playing with Kadri. If not for being suspended for two games recently, he'd probably have more even more points over that stretch.

4. Carey Price - Montreal Canadiens (G)

Price posted his third shutout of the season, turning away the New York Rangers 34 times. He looked calm under pressure and has all season. His 17-6-4 record is a big reason the Montreal Canadiens lead the Northeast division ahead of the rival Boston Bruins. He's been a fantasy beast this year.

5. Semyon Varlamov - Colorado Avalanche (G)

Varlamov stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 1-0 win OT win over the Nashville Predators. The Avs are tied with the Florida Panthers for last place in the NHL and have just 12 wins in 34 games this year, so for them to win at all is a rarity. There's also something to be said when you outplay Pekka Rinne, hands down the best goaltender in the NHL.

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