Given how sensitive the NHL GMs are promising to be about "embellishment" at their upcoming meetings, you just know that they are going to be handing out reprimands to any members of their teams that dares try drawing a penalty.
Back in the real world of fantasy hockey, people are continuing last week's trend of lots of waiver wire movement. Better do it now, folks! There's only three weeks until the playoffs! And I just might be regretting the whole "no starting goalie" decision as my team only managed 4 wins last week, with all goalie stats being discounted since I didn't hit league minimums. Fortunately, my opponent only managed 2 wins for the exact same reason. Parity! (Or something like it.)
Here's how the league went in Week 19:
In the Division of Dramatic Noises, AmeriCAN Win It All did the expected, beating The Douchebags (are those still a thing?) 9-1-3, dropping a win because of unsuccessful power play scoring (sounds familiar, not sure why). Second place Zanstorm fell victim to carrying two goalies, not hitting minimums despite huge numbers from Crawford dropped his match against third place Raffi Torres 9-3-1, thanks in part to Curtis Glencross getting 4 goals on 7 shots.
Over in Division GRRRRRRR (seriously, Beantown Canuck is a frightening name!) Jew Crew stretched their lead with a 9-1-3 week over BW. It was closer than the final indicates, but a win is a win, and he got a bunch; BW, on the other hand, is getting two IR players back soon but it could be just too late to make up a season of lost ground. RipYouFaceOff got an 8-3-2 decision from marcness52, despite individual heroics from Tuukka Rask. Beantown Canuck lost a bit of ground, but is still within striking range after a rare tie with Respect My Edler, 6-6-1, and he can thank an inspired Dustin Brown (partly) for that.
Then in Division At Least One Of Us Will Make The Playoffs, as mentioned, marcness52 realized they were at risk of staying over .500 for the season and remedied that against RipYouFaceOff by convincing their skaters to take the week off. Bergeron didn't actually listen, but when does he ever? Amazing SchneiderMan took advantage with a huge week against Lafayette's_Post94, going a second-best-for-the-week 10-2-1 with a huge power play and their four (4!) goalies somehow getting the job done against their opponent's zero (0!).
Finally, in The Only Truly Awesome Division my team clearly had enough of this "winning" thing, picking up seven ties after a 4-2-7 week against an almost completely evenly matched HankYouVeryMuch, while the notorious Booth's Kills (which apparently this season includes his scoring) took over second place with a massive 11-0-2 record against ?vistlove. Just how massive was the week for them? They had Sergei Bobrovski in net and still managed to finish the week with a 0.38 goals against average. Seriously, Bobrovski was their worst goalie, with a miserable .983 save percentage. What a punk!
So who out there have you been overjoyed with? Someone on your team that's had huge weeks, a great season, or even just one performance that was above and beyond your expectations?