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The NHL regular season kicks off tonight with a four-game slate that is primary and I couldnt be more happier. I will be here delivering daily FanDuel NHL DFS Picks throughout the regular season into the postseason and I wish to let everyone know Ill do a ton of research and putting forth my best selections on a daily basis so we can all appreciate a rewarding NHL season together!
Lets see if we could begin the NHL season on the perfect note and get going with this slate!
C — Auston Matthews (TOR) — $8,300 vs. OTT
An Auston Matthews playing in his very first NHL game torched the Ottawa Senators and Craig Anderson for four goals in the season opener, on opening three seasons ago. The next season, Matthews scored two goals and added an assist in a win over the Winnipeg Jets night. Last season, Matthews scored two goals — such as the winner — on opening night against the Montreal Canadiens. Add it up and Matthews has notched eight goals and an assist to the point over three opening-night games in his NHL career. Because of this, Im pretty certain we should be going with Matthews in this 1 tonight after he tallied five goals and three helpers over four preseason games this season. Matthews 111 targets since entering the league would be the fifth-most from the NHL. His 0.52 goals-per-game because interval are next only to Alex Ovechkin at the moment. After all, he is playing against the leagues worst defense against a year ago as Ottawa yielded a whopping 3.67 goals per match in 2018-19. He is prepared for a season and I think that gets off to another fine start tonight.
C — Elias Pettersson (VAN) — $6,700 vs. EDM
Petterson is not a stranger to powerful opening nights himself as he notched a goal and an assist in his NHL debut last October from the Calgary Flames and tonight hell take on the following Western Canada competition in the form of the Edmonton Oilers. The story around Edmonton this preseason has been whether or new head coach Dave Tippett will turn around the groups defense as Edmonton ended tied for 26th with 3.30 goals against per game last season and 30th having a 74.8% mark over the penalty kill. Well, with much of the exact same blueline aboard in Edmonton, Im likely to place them into the test using a four-man Canucks stack on opening night, starting here with Pettersson who notched 28 goals and 66 points on the way to the Calder Trophy final season. Pettersson will need to shoot the puck more this season if he plans on scoring another 28 targets as he published that total on a large 19.4% shooting percent a year past. that doesnt hinder the chance tonight against one of the worst defensive clubs from a season ago, although that is mostly unsustainable. Tonight should be got off to another start by the Swedish magician.
W — Andreas Johnsson (TOR) — $5,100 vs. OTT
Johnsson is a choice for a breakout season this year thanks to the opportunity being introduced to him by head coach Mike Babcock. There was plenty of roster turnover in Toronto, something that has helped Johnsson land a spot to the remaining Auston Matthews in 5-on-5 as well as carrying over Nazem Kadris spot on the teams best power play unit. To put it differently, Johnsson is soccer together with one of the best two goal-scorers within this league in most offensive conditions as well as the greatest even-strength goal scorer as Matthews leads the NHL with all 79 even-strength targets within the last few seasons. Johnsson enjoyed a quality rookie season last year with 20 goals and 43 points over 73 matches, however he tallied 35 points over his closing 52 matches also. Thats mostly playing on a lineup that didnt and does not include Auston Matthews including power play time. Johnsson scored his intentions on a very normal 15.4percent shooting percentage and that he skated just 13:40 per match too. Add in about three additional minutes per game, Matthews and top-unit electricity play time on a loaded Maple Leafs high unit and Johnsson is ready to get a big-time breakout period.
W — Brock Boeser (VAN) — $6,900 vs. EDM
With Pettersson comes Boeser as the duo are put to skate on the groups top line as well as the best power play unit. Boeser fell to just 26 across 69 games a year after tallying 29 goals in 62 games as a beginner. He also registered a healthful 209 shots on goal last year, but the decrease in scoring rate was due to an almost 4 percent drop in his shooting rate. If he and Pettersson can remain a duo throughout this entire year, the upside is tantalizing. Boeser has been cleared to play tonights opener, despite managing a concussion at preseason also brings an abundance of possible with him. He shoots the puck a great deal, he is going to score a great deal of goals with a elite play-making centre in Pettersson and he has plenty of potential on the man advantage thinking of that the Oilers atrocious penalty kill in late seasons. The 22-year-old also logged a whopping 19:10 of ice time per game a year ago, a few he should at least match or probably eclipse this time around as the staff is very likely to lean heavily on their top-six in what appears to be a weak Pacific Division again this season around. Pettersson and Boeser bring a wealth of upside into this 1 tonight.
W — Michael Ferland (VAN) — $4,500 vs. EDM
Next man up on this Canucks stack is Ferland whos set for responsibility alongside Pettersson and Boeser. Ferland has past experience playing top-line moments as he did alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary a couple of years back. Ferland played the Carolina Hurricanes last year in which he scored a healthy 17 goals and 40 points in 71 games later notched a career-high 21 games in top-line responsibility with all the Flames the previous calendar year. Concussions have held him back during the past few seasons, however Ferland might well be useful for at least 25 goals this season if he could remain healthy and maintain his place together with the Canucks top two offensive weapons. Additional with Ferland, we receive exposure into the Canucks second power play device . He did a great job on the power play of late, scoring six man advantage goals. He isnt afraid to shoot the puck with 156 shots on goal in just 71 games last season, great for over 180 shots at a full 82-game season. I think we could squeeze real value that is nice out of the Ferland inside this matchup tonight.
W — Robert Thomas (STL) — $3,800 vs. WAS
The St. Louis Blues will raise the Stanley Cup banner tonight as they play host to the preceding Cup winner Washington Capitals on home ice. I am much less convinced that this will be a high-scoring match like I am with all the Maple Leafs and Canucks matches, however I do think the Blues can get into a Washington team which ranked 21st in street defense last season with 3.34 goals against per game. This was the second straight season the Capitals fought to defend around the street, so Id like to squeeze some worth out of Thomas as he appears to maintain a wonderful spot to create tonight. Hes likely to line up next to Tyler Bozak about the teams third line, however Thomas seems to have a place in the power play together with Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn along with Jaden Schwartz in exactly what Id call the staffs top power play unit. Thomas enters his sophomore season after a rookie season that entailed nine goals and 33 points in 70 games. But, Thomas obtained steam as the season went along a year since he notched 13 points over his last 19 regular season contests, although he notched just 1 goal and six points in 21 playoff games. However, hes now on the other side of 20 years old and place to carry forward strides within the 2019-20 year old.
D — Morgan Rielly (TOR) — $5,700 vs. OTT
I am not going to overthink this and roster with Morgan Rielly who will skate alongside Matthews and Johnsson on the Maple Leafs best power play unit tonight, a team that looked mighty strong at the preseason. Rielly did not get a Norris Trophy nomination previous season despite finishing third among defensemen with 72 points over the year — an effort that included 20 targets and 223 shots on goal also. Now, his 9 percent shooting percentage of last year was far a career-high after submitting a 5.4% mark double before in his profession. However, theres also little doubt that Rielly will rack up the points again this season, though he might not score as many objectives. Skating on this leading power play unit is going to net him lots of aids and it appears from the preseason that Rielly will log a huge amount of ice time this year and is almost surely going to eclipse the 23:07 mark he posted a season ago. Clearly, we are getting loads of cross-category upside down with Rielly as his punishment killing will even lend itself some blocked shots too. Theres not any reason to fade him if youre rostering a pile enclosing Auston Matthews tonight.
D — Alexander Edler (VAN) — $5,100 vs. EDM
Edler is among the best cash games choices on most nights he strikes a slate because he brings an abundance of cross-category upside into the table. Within an injury-shortened 2018-19 season, Edler posted 10 goals and 34 points over 56 games to go along with all 128 shots on target. Edler also blocked a whopping 166 shots in that moment, good for eighth in the league even though missing all those matches. Now, Edler has experienced significant issues remaining healthy over his career for a result since he has attained just 70 matches played in one of the previous four seasons and has skated in all 82 games just once in his 13-year NHL profession. Having said that, we dont need to worry about the injury troubles for this one since hes set to be the lone defenseman on the teams top power play unit, so giving us a more three-man power play stack as well. Edler recorded four goals and 17 points on the power play last season, otherwise referred for 50% of the points production. He could sometimes grow to be a lost guy one of the elite defensemen in the game, and while he probably does not belong into that category, his DFS contributions simply cannot be overstated. Hes a must in any cash game tonight to be sure.
G — Frederik Andersen (TOR) — $8,700 vs. OTT
Andersen is the top goaltender in the slate and it is difficult to argue with that notion. In -275 about the moneyline, the Maple Leafs can be easily the heaviest favorite on this four-game slate using the Golden Knights and their -170 chances checking in at second. Consequently, you have to be a fan of his win upside. Second, Andersen finished the preseason with a few incredible numbers because he published a 0.30 GAA and .988 Svpercent over four games played. To put it differently, Andersen allowed just one goal. I am aware that its preseason, but its still hockey against some very good players. Night andersen completed his preseason with a shutout of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Once they revamped the group from the 23, one thing that the Maple Leafs will hope for this year is an improved blueline. In turn, it would take a good deal of heat from Andersen as hes observed the most heavy workload concerning both shots and starts from his Maple Leafs tenure. While I would desire a ton of saves Im looking more for the triumph along with goal-suppression — or safety — from the birthday boy in this cash-oriented lineup on opening night.
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