Week 19 of the Yahoo Fantasy Hockey season was the second to last week on the calendar, which was where Top of the Rock secured its sixth matchup victory of the season.
This victory was the strongest outing for the guys, who won a season-high seven categories, while only giving up one to their opponent.
The win did nothing to affect the bottom half of the standings, but it was definitely a significant blow to HANDZUS JOB, who was jockeying for position at the top.
MATCHUP AND SCORES
In one of the wildest weeks of the season, Top of the Rock racked up the points, breaking several season highs along the way.
First, our margin of category wins was large and small. When we break it down, goals were won by six, assists by seven, penalty minutes was six, and shots on goals were by one point. We secured our plus/minus win by a whopping 28 points. That number isn’t a lie. We were +30 as a team, which has to be a franchise record. It is still hard to process how we managed to be on the ice for 30 more goals than we gave up. That kind of statistic is unheard of.
The only offensive category we didn’t secure was the power-play points, which was lost by three points. Meanwhile, in week 19, we set season highs for goals scored, assists, and plus/minus.
Between the pipes, we were able to pick up two category wins (goals-against average and save percentage) while tying wins (three) and shutouts (zero)
After pitching two days’ worth of shutout hockey, we allowed HANDZUS JOB back into the matchup on Wednesday, only to give them the lead on Thursday. By the time Friday was down, the momentum had changed, and we found ourselves on cruise control to victory.
STANDINGS & TEAM STATS
Ours apologizes for not screenshotting the standings or compiling the team stats after the week 19 matchup.
Thanks to a victory, any points left on the bench would have only enhanced our wins, not altered it. If you factor in 22 extra shots on goal, it would have only secured our victory for more than one point.
We wish we could have added was our goalie’s win totals. New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin returned early from injury, which meant we were not expecting him to be eligible. When the Russian goalie stepped back into the crease, he returned with a vengeance, picking up three wins while posting 2.34 goals-against average and a 0.938 save percentage.
STUDS & DUDS
Best Player – Ryan Strome – New York Rangers – 25 points
Worse Player: Jeff Petry – Montreal Canadiens – 8 points
We did not make any roster moves during the matchup.
Weekly Move Total: 0/4
Season Move Total: 16/40
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the Top of the Rock 2019-20 fantasy hockey season.