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Fantasy Hockey: Week 7 Top Performers

This week’s top fantasy performers are led by a surprisingly hot goaltender leading the Columbus Blue Jackets back to respectability. After that, some of the usual suspects dominate the remaining nine spots.

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1. Sergei BobrovskyColumbus Blue Jackets (G)
Stopped 106 of 109 shots in four games this week for a dazzling 0.77 GAA, including his first career shutout. He managed to beat the division rival Detroit Red Wings twice and has now won five straight games after starting the season with a 3-6-3 record.

2. Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins (C)
It’s safe to say he’s officially in a world all his own now, and the comparison between he and Ovechkin is no longer a contest, that’s for sure. With points in 18 of his last 21 games, Sid The Kid is the only player in the league on pace to eclipse over 80 points this season. 2 goals and 9 assists and a plus-7 rating (including 5 assists against the Islanders on Sunday) is making the top six forwards on the team fantasy stars as well, whether or not Evgeni Malkin is hurt.

3. Chris Kunitz – Pittsburgh Penguins (LW)
3 goals and 2 assists in Sunday’s win over the Islanders topped the 3 goals and 1 assist he managed in the Pens’ three other games this week. He’s got 17 goals already this season, just nine shy of the career-high he scored in 82 games two years ago. Looks like he’s the main beneficiary of Sid’s out of this world playmaking ability.

4. James Neal – Pittsburgh Penguins (RW,LW)
Neal had a goal in every game the Pens played this week and managed a toal of seven points. He's got a wicked shot and has benefited from powerplay time with Malkin. When Malkin's been hurt, he flanks Sid the Kid on the man advantage. That's definitely a win-win fantasy wise and if not for a shortened season, Neal would be looking at career-highs in goals and points this year.

5. P.K. SubbanMontreal Canadiens (D)
7 points this week, 5 of which came on the powerplay (2 goals, 5 assists). Andrei Markov wasn't too happy when P.K. returned and neither are his fantasy owners as Subban has taken away points from his teammate. He's second on the team in scoring behind only Max Pacioretty, and that's after missing the first six games of the season due to a contract holdout. Needless to say he's now a premier fantasy defenseman.

6. Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings (G)
2 wins in 3 starts this past week and was the only other starting goalie with a GAA under 1 (0.97), including his second shutout of the season. The Wings’ organization is always a good bet to be playing well down the stretch and how Howard plays will go a long way in determining whether they do that again this year.

7. Ryan GetzlafAnaheim Ducks (C)
Fresh of a brand new contract extension, Getzky managed to string together at least two points in all four games the Ducks played this week (3 goals and 6 assists. Has points in 9 of the last 10 games (including a whopping 7 multi-point games) and is one of the hottest players in the league right now.

8. Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks (RW)
Like Getzlaf, managed points in all four games played this week (4 goals and 2 assists). Has points in 11 of the last 12 games and doesn’t seem to be bothered by trade rumours that will only continue to intensify as the April 3rd deadline looms closer.

9. Michael Ryder – Montreal Canadiens (RW)
2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points in four games this week. A second go-around with his former team seems to have given him a shot in the arm, as Ryder is benefiting from being on one of the top teams in the league this year. The fact the team’s defense is one of the most productive in the league and that Brian Gionta is finally playing better only opens up opportunity for this guy.

10. Rick NashNew York Rangers (LW)
Nash is white hot these days, with a 10 game point streak still in tact. His plus-minus rating (13) has completely turned around now that he's on a contending team and no longer the only superstar on the Columbus Blue Jackets (it was -19 last year). The current streak is the longest of his career and he seems really comfortable under the bright lights of New York.

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