Our prayers have finally been answered. Reloaded and retooled with a team that features the best of the best from the New York City area, Top of the Rock ended a ruthless seven-game losing streak.
Week 12 marked the beginning of the second half of the season. This week’s matchup featured a rematch from Week 1. Thanks to a 5-3-2 victory, we improved to 2-0 against Dropping Klefboms this season.
MATCHUP AND SCORES
Our goaltending, which used to rank 1st or 2nd in all the keeper categories, has let us down the last few weeks.
Since we are giving up more goals, our forwards finally started to put the puck in our opponent’s nets. Week 12 served witness to our most dominant offensive week of the season, which saw us capture 5/6 categories. We have won a handful of matchups this season, all on the strength of our goalies. Our previous season-high was three offensive categories in Week 10.
Thanks to an abundance of trades, which led us to collect a bunch of goal scorers and set up artists, our future looks promising. We were blessed to secure this victory, even though all five offensive categories were won by less than 10 points.
Our starting goalies disappointed with a season-high goals-against average of 4.41 and a season-low 0.875 save percentage. Here’s hoping for a turn around in these categories down the stretch.
The NHL went into a Christmas Break during the Week 12 matchup, which didn’t feature games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
If you look at all the other days of the matchup, we trailed by one and by three at one point. Somehow we were able to snatch the victory on the final day.
STANDINGS & TEAM STATS
Top of the Rock stopped the free fall for a week. Last time we looked at the standings, we had tumbled down to 10th, which is where we find ourselves in Week 11.
We still need to collect 15 points and leapfrog four teams to make the playoffs.
We hate to sound like a broken record, but it needs to be stated every week. Top of the Rock remains the league’s worse team in terms of assists and power-play points.
On the bright side, we remain the best team in shots on goal and penalty minutes. Even after all the trades, we continue to be the top dogs in those categories.
Like we mentioned earlier in this review, our goaltending is no longer the cream of the corp. Many subpar weeks have seen us tumble from the penthouse. It is comforting to know we remain in the top five of all four categories, but we are afraid of what our future holds between the pipes.
If New York Ranger Chris Kreider had played on December 27 and we added in his one goal, we would have won that category and clean-swept all offensive categories.
The Rangers goalie tandem of Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Georgiev sat on the bench all week, which cost another category, wins. They combined for two victories, which could have given us the edge by one. It is tough to say whether their goals-against average or save percentage would have helped us, but their totals were better than who we started during the week.
STUDS & DUDS
Best Player – Ryan Graves – Colorado Avalance – 23 points
Worse Player: Reilly Smith – Las Vegas Golden Knights – 4 points
Top of the Rock honoured the NHL Christmas Roster Freeze and didn’t make any moves during the matchup.
Weekly Move Total: 0/4
Season Move Total: 13/40
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the Top of the Rock 2019-20 fantasy hockey season.