2010 NHL Fantasy 3 Stars: Week 23

Brian ElliottThe twenty-third week of NHL Fantasy 3 Stars sees two elite forwards starting to warm up for the playoffs and two young unproven goaltenders showing that they’re ready for a long playoff run.

This weeks honorable mention goes to (C/LW)-Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings. Last week Henrik scored 3 goals and added two assists for 5 points. He also had two penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-6, 22 shots on goal, one game winning goal and won 38 faceoffs. Zetterberg has been a bit of a disappointment so far this year, mostly because of injuries, as he’s on pace for 71 points. However, as has been the case the last 3 years, Henrik will be bringing it in the playoffs for Detroit so don’t hesitate to take him in your office pools if you think the Red Wings can go far in the playoffs.

Lets take a look at the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars for Week 23.

3rd Star – Ilya Kovalchuk (LW), New Jersey Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk is having another great year as he’s currently on pace for 40+ goals and 80+ points. Last week Kovalchuk scored 3 goals and had 5 helpers for 8 points with 3 of those points coming while on the power play. He also had zero penalty minutes, a plus/minus rating of plus-4 and 16 shots on goal. Ilya has been a point a game player (20 points in 20 games) since being traded to New Jersey but questions still surround how he’ll perform in the playoffs with his lack of experience (2 points in 4 career playoff games).

2nd Star – Jimmy Howard (G), Detroit Red Wings

Jimmy Howard has been Detroit’s saving grace between the pipes so far and is a big reason why this team currently holds a playoff spot. Last week Howard collected 4 wins while posting a 1.23 GAA, .958 SAV%, made 114 saves and had one shutout. Jimmy already has 32 wins with a 2.24 GAA and .926 SAV% in 57 games played, not bad for a young goaltender who was supposed to be the backup in his first NHL season.

1st Star – Brian Elliott (G), Ottawa Senators

Just like Jimmy Howard, Brian Elliott was expected to play the role of backup heading into the season. However, due to the lackluster play of Pascal Leclaire, Elliott has become the Senators #1 and has provided Ottawa with some solid goaltending. Last week Brian collected 4 wins while posting a 1.00 GAA, .967 SAV%, made 116 saves and had two shutouts. Elliott is far from being a big name goaltender nor is he a flashy goaltender, but he gets the job done and at 24-years old has potential to improve even more.

Remember to check back in next week to see who the NHL Fantasy 3 Stars will be for Week 24.

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