Top of the Rock seemed to be firing on all cylinders in their new home, the Frozen Factory. This week, they entered play sporting a 3-1 record, which ranked in the better half of the league. Things only looked to be on the rise with a computer projected 331.30-275.64 win over Icing in week five.
Despite confidence from the experts, Top of the Rock failed to show up in their recent matchup and scored almost 100 points less than projected, costing them their second loss of the season. Icing, meanwhile, stayed the course, scoring just 2.35 extra points, finishing the Rock off by 40 points.
The matchup started with the Rock jumping out to a 45.50 point lead. They continued to keep the matchup in their favor, maintaining a 40 point lead through Tuesday and Wednesday. Icing came out of nowhere to tighten things up before cutting the deficit to just four points on Thursday night. Their momentum carried them to a lead on Friday (4.50) before adding to it on Saturday and closing it on Sunday. Week five marked the first season that the Rock held the lead after Wednesday and lost.
After five weeks of hockey, the Rock remains one of the worse teams in goals, assists, and plus/minus ratings. The silver lining for statistics is shots, hits, and blocks, where the team ranks second overall in all three categories.
The team finds itself in the league’s bottom half in the goalie department, which ranks fourth in four of the five categories. The best team statistic is shutouts, where the boys rank first overall.
This past week’s loss cost Top of the Rock a spot in the standings, with Steve’s Great Team and Dirty Sanchez picking up wins to improve to 4-1 on the season. The Rock now find themselves in a tie with Icing, who also has a 3-2 record, while the Stoned Assassins dropped to 1-4. The Manager-less Team remains the only franchise in the league that has yet to find the win column.
Alexander Edler (Los Angeles) became the second straight defenceman to win the best player of the week award. His 29.50 points came thanks to 13 blocked shots, nine hits, and five shots on goal. Offensively he contributed one assist and was plus-two.
In between the pipes, Robin Lehner (Las Vegas) claimed his third goalie award in five weeks. The Golden Knights backstop collected 36.00 points thanks to two wins, only six goals against, and 64 saves. Lehner beat out Jacob Markstrom (Calgary) for the award by tripling his partner’s total for the week.
On the flip side John Klingberg (Dallas) had a pretty lousy week, collecting a team worse negative-six points in seven days. Klingberg was a minus-three in limited action and didn’t register a shot on goal, hit, or blocked shot.
Injuries and COVID protocols continue to wreak havoc on professional sports. Fantasy sports are no different. Every day is an adventure, and when team management wakes up, there is no telling who will be available and who isn’t.
During week five, management only executed one roster move, and that was to acquire Jesper Fast from the Carolina Hurricanes. With players cycling in and out of the IR spots, there was an opening in the lineup, and Fast became the team’s newest member.
Weekly Move Total: 1/4
Season Move Total: 8/50