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Fantasy: Best single-game performances in 2019-20

NHL.com staff selects most impressive individual outputs of regular season

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com identifies the best single-game fantasy hockey performances of the 2019-20 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR -- Seven players had at least four goals in a game this season, and 11 players had at least one five-point game. But Zibanejad was the only player with a five-goal game; it was the first time this happened in the NHL since Winnipeg Jets wing Patrik Laine scored that many against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 24, 2018.

Zibanejad had five goals, two on the power play and one in overtime, on eight shots on goal in a 6-5 win against the Washington Capitals on March 5 in a memorable duel with left wing Alex Ovechkin, who had two goals, including the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period. Zibanejad and Ovechkin accounted for the final five goals of this game. Zibanejad led the NHL in goals per game (0.72) this season, just ahead of Ovechkin (0.71), so this game ended up being the difference. -- Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor

 

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Tony DeAngelo, D, NYR -- The New York Rangers defenseman had five points (three goals, two assists) in a 6-3 win against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 9. DeAngelo tied Brian Leetch for Rangers single-game records of the most goals and points by a defenseman and became the first Rangers player at the position to score a regular-season hat trick since Reijo Ruotsalainen in 1982.

DeAngelo's single-game performance was notable in fantasy considering how thin the position was this season. It was the defining game of a breakout season for DeAngelo, who finished tied for fourth among all defenseman in points (53). -- Rob Reese, fantasy editor

 

Connor McDavid, C, EDM -- The best individual fantasy performance of the season was McDavid's six-point game for the Edmonton Oilers in a 6-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 14. McDavid had never done that in his NHL career, and, to make it even more remarkable, he had all six points before the third period, including four (two goals, two assists) in the first 20 minutes.

McDavid had six SOG and four power-play points (three goals) in 17:55 of ice time. Spending up for McDavid and eventual Art Ross Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl had become a top DFS strategy leading up to this game, and Draisaitl also delivered with five assists against the Avalanche. If you didn't have this duo in your lineup that night, you were looking up at everybody who did. -- David Satriano, staff writer

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