No matter how you slice it, Top of the Rock were walking away victors in their week two matchup against Donkey King Country.
When we went to bed on Sunday night, the matchup score was 5-3-2 in our favour. Little did we know that Donkey Kong had failed to reach the minimum goalie standards (three games played), thus Yahoo Fantasy altered the matchup score and awarded us a 9-1 victory.
We are all too familiar with this rule, since it cost us a chance to go to the 2017-18 fantasy finals. We were winning that matchup 8-4 but with only two goalie appearances we were eliminated.
When we break down the matchup numbers, you can see that we dominated the offensive categories, which secured us our first win of the season.
We walked away with the goals category by two points, assists by 11, plus/mins by five, power-play points by one and shots on goals by 30. The only loss we suffered was in penalty minutes, which we lost by three, 20-23.
Despite having the subpar numbers in he goaltending department, we managed to win all four categories by default. Donkey Kong had a better goals against average 1.53 to 3.28 and the higher save percentage 0.925 to 0.895.
Had the matchup scored stayed the same, both teams would have tied wins (one apiece) and shutouts (zero).
For the first time in recent memory, both teams started out the matchup with no points collected on opening night. On Tuesday we took our usual spot in the chase position as we fell behind 5-2. Both teams found themselves tied again after Wednesday (4-4) before The Rock pulled ahead and stayed ahead until the end.
The Rock is all over the map in regards to team statistics. Our highest rankings are goals and shots (4th) and worse wins and shutouts (12th). With the exception of assists (5th), which tend to be the weakest link on our teams, we are ranked near the bottom in penalty minutes (10th), power-play points (10th), and save percentage (10th). Somewhere in the middle is our plus/minus rating and goals-against average which both rank 8th overall.
Thanks to a win in week two, we took the express elevator to the third seed. That was a seven step move for The Rock who opened the season in the 10th spot.
This week marks the highest the team has been since week five of last season, when the team opened up the season 4-0-0 and hung around the second seed until a free fall landed us in the basement.
The defending champions, Ben Tallon Sens Won, got off to a rocky start in week one but rebounded quite nicely in week two to jump up to the second seed.
In week two, if we had a chance to add Viktor Arvidsson’s (Nashville) four penalty minutes to our matchup totals, we would have had a clean sweep. The official final score would have been 10-0-0 while the real-time matchup score would have been 6-2-2 in our favour.
(We understand that this past week’s matchup statistics are confusing, but that’s what happens when you get awarded categories that you don’t win.)
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Filip Forsberg (Nashville Pedators) won his first best player award after collecting two assists, two penalty minutes, one power-play point, 22 shots, and a rating of (+1).
Newly acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia) was our worse player with a merger five points. The rearguard only had two assists, two shots, and a rating of (+1).
Our roster adjustments continue to be a hot mess. On the weekend prior to the start of our matchup, we learnt that Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was out with an injury. We did some research and grabbed Jonas Brodin from Minnesota to fill in his spot since we transferred him to the IR.
Elder was cleared to return before the start of our week two matchup but we were unable to remove him from the IR in time for puck drop. We had too many rostered players and thus dropped Brodin to make room for Elder, who was unable to participate.
Despite winning our week two matchup there was still room for improvement, so we decided to part ways with WIlliam Karlsson (Las Vegas) who just isn’t contributating enough points to warrant his place in the lineup. Meanwhile Joel Eriksson Ek is havig a great start to his season in Minnesota, so we grabbed him to help the cause.
Weekly Move Total: 2/4
Season Move Total: 4/50
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