Another week. Another defeat.
Top of the Rock wanted to make the 2019-20 season one to remember. So far, the team has been entirely polar opposite over seven weeks.
Riding a four-game win streak to start the year, The Rock sat in second place, before this week’s third consecutive loss. Three losses in a row and we have returned to the middle pack, slowly fading for the top spot we so desired in September.
MATCHUP AND SCORES
Things to continue to spiral out of control for us. For the first time this season, we got cleaned swept right out of the player’s categories and clung to life with our goalies.
We continue to lose the assists and powerplay point categories, but now we are losing our bread and butter penalty minutes and shots on goals.
In an attempt to plug holes in our leaky ship, we kept the goals and plus/minus close for the week. The powerplay points were the closest we’ve been all season in a defeat, but we are more concerned about losing other things at the moment.
Our goalies rebounded grandly, posting up four victories, 2.48 goals-against average, and a 0.922 save percentage. Sadly neither of the tenders got a shut out, which could have given us the sweep.
Monday has been good to us all season, this week included. Our solid start led to an even more significant deficit by Tuesday, which lasted all the way through Friday.
By the time the bright lights went out on Saturday night games, we were trailing all of a sudden, and never recovered. We conceded another category by late Sunday afternoon and fell 6-3-1.
STANDINGS & TEAM STATS
Our apologies for screenshotting the standings from the phone.
Three category wins and a tie game a few points to stay afloat in the top half of the league. This position is definitely not where we want to be, but there is still plenty of time to right the ship.
However, if you notice, Money in the Bank took over the top spot in the league during week seven. He is clear of us by 20 points, which is a lot to make up in a weekly matchup of only 10 categories.
We cling to our playoffs lives, and if we don’t want to have a stressful second half, we better get back to the drawing board.
After a subpar week of lighting the lamp, we dropped from second overall to fourth overall in goals scored. We remain the team to beat in penalities and shots but remain far back from the pack in assists and power-play points.
Thanks to playing even hockey all week, we didn’t give up any ground on a quest to be a better plus/minus team.
There isn’t much to say about our goalie duo of Boston Bruin Tuuka Rask and Las Vegas Golden Knight Marc-Andre Fleury. They are both considered one of the best goalies of this generation and maybe the only reason we make the playoffs and challenge for the Cup.
As the players on the bench continue to rack up points that don’t count, we left an incredible 26 shots off the ice.
We didn’t need those totals to help us in the overall standings, but if we had borrowed just six of them during the week, we could have won another category.
STUDS & DUDS
Best Player – Shea Theodore – Las Vegas Golden Knights – 19 points
Worse Player: Matt Borowiecki – Ottawa Senators – 3 points
For the second straight week, we did not tinker with the lineup, hoping for better results.
Weekly Move Total: 0/4
Season Move Total: 7/40
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the Top of the Rock 2019-20 fantasy hockey season.