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The NHL regular season kicks off tonight with a main slate and I personally couldnt be happier. I will be here providing everyday FanDuel NHL DFS Picks during the regular season to the postseason and I wish to let everybody know Ill be doing a lot of research and putting forth my best selections on a daily basis so we can all appreciate a rewarding NHL season together!
Let us determine if we can start the 2019-20 NHL year and get going with this slate!
C — Auston Matthews (TOR) — $8,300 vs. OTT
An Auston Matthews playing his very first NHL game torched the Ottawa Senators along with Craig Anderson for four goals in the season opener, on opening three seasons past. The next year, Matthews scored two goals and added an assist in a blowout win over the Winnipeg Jets on opening night. Last season, Matthews scored two goals — including the winner — on opening night against the Montreal Canadiens. Add it up and Matthews has notched an assist and eight goals to the point over three matches in his NHL career. Consequently, Im pretty sure we should be moving with Matthews within this 1 tonight after he tallied five goals and three helpers over four preseason games this season. Matthews 111 targets since entering the league will be the fifth-most from the NHL despite missing 34 games over the previous two seasons. His 0.52 goals-per-game in that interval are next only to Alex Ovechkin in that moment. After all, he is playing with the leagues worst defense from a season ago as Ottawa yielded a whopping 3.67 goals a match in 2018-19. Hes prepared for a season and I believe that gets off to another start tonight.
C — Elias Pettersson (VAN) — $6,700 vs. EDM
Petterson isnt a stranger to opening nights himself as he notched a goal and an assist in his NHL debut last October from the Calgary Flames and tonight he will take on a different Western Canada competition in the form of the Edmonton Oilers. The narrative around Edmonton that this preseason has been whether or new head coach Dave Tippett can turn around the team defense as Edmonton finished tied for 26th with 3.30 goals against per game last year and 30th with a 74.8% markers on the penalty kill. But with much of the same blueline aboard Edmonton, Im likely to put them to the test with a four-man Canucks pile on opening night, starting here with Pettersson who notched 28 goals and 66 points on the way to the Calder Trophy last year. Pettersson will need to shoot the puck more this year if he plans on scoring yet a second 28 targets as he posted that complete on a large 19.4% shooting percentage a year past. That unsustainable, but the that does not hinder the chance tonight against a few of the most worst clubs in a year ago. The magician ought to get off tonight.
W — Andreas Johnsson (TOR) — $5,100 vs. OTT
Head coach Mike Babcock is a sexy pick for a breakout season this year because of the opportunity presenting to him johnsson. There was plenty of roster in Toronto, something that has helped Johnsson land a spot to the left of 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 cricket with one of the top two goal-scorers within this league in all offensive circumstances and also the very most effective even-strength goal scorer as Matthews leads the NHL with 79 even-strength goals within the past 3 seasons. Johnsson appreciated a superior rookie season with 20 goals and 43 points around 73 games, however he tallied 35 points on his closing 52 matches as well. That playing including electricity play time on a lineup that did not and does not comprise Auston Matthews. Johnsson scored his intentions on a very regular 15.4% shooting percentage and he skated just 13:40 per match too. Add in roughly three extra minutes per game, Matthews and top-unit electricity play time on a wealthy Maple Leafs top unit and Johnsson is ready for a big-time breakout period.
W — Brock Boeser (VAN) — $6,900 vs. EDM
With Pettersson comes Boeser as the duo are place to skate together on the groups top line as well as the top power play unit. Boeser dropped to just 26 a year after tallying 29 goals in 62 games as a beginner. He registered a healthful 209 shots on target last year, but the decrease in scoring rate resulted from an almost 4% drop in his shooting speed. If Pettersson and he can remain a duo during the season however, the upside is tantalizing. Despite managing a concussion in preseason, Boeser has been cleared to play the opener of tonight and brings an abundance of potential with him. He shoots the puck a good deal, he is going to score a good deal of goals with an elite play-making center in Pettersson and hes got lots of possibility to the man advantage thinking of that the Oilers dreadful punishment kill in late seasons. Even the 22-year-old also recovered a whopping 19:10 of ice time per game last season, a number he needs to at least meet or likely eclipse now around as the team is likely to lean heavily on their own top-six in what appears to be a feeble Pacific Division this season around. Pettersson and Boeser attract a wealth of upside down.
W — Michael Ferland (VAN) — $4,500 vs. EDM
Next man up on this Canucks heap is Ferland who is set for duty alongside Pettersson and Boeser this day. Ferland has prior experience playing top-line minutes since he did so alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary a few years ago. Ferland played for the Carolina Hurricanes last year where he scored a healthy 17 goals and 40 points in 71 games after notched a career-high 21 games in top-line duty with the Flames the previous year. Concussions have held him back over the previous few seasons, but Ferland might well be useful for at least 25 goals this season if he can stay healthy and maintain his spot together with the Canucks top two offensive weapons. Furthermore, with Ferland, we capture exposure into the Canucks second power play unit also where he must lineup with this one. He did a wonderful job on the power play of late six man advantage goals. He isnt afraid to shoot the puck with 156 shots on goal in only 71 games last season, good for over 180 shots at a whole 82-game year old. I believe we could squeeze value .
W — Robert Thomas (STL) — $3,800 vs. WAS
The St. Louis Blues increases the Stanley Cup banner because they play host to the prior Cup winner Washington Capitals on home ice. Im much less convinced this will be a high-scoring match as I am with the Maple Leafs and Canucks games, however I really do think the Blues can get to a Washington team that ranked 21st in street defense last season together with 3.34 goals against per game. This was the second straight year the Capitals fought to defend on the road, so I want to squeeze some significance out of Thomas as he appears to maintain a wonderful place to produce tonight. He is very likely to line up next to Tyler Bozak around the groups third line, however Thomas appears to have a spot on the power play along 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 acquired steam since the year went along last year as he notched 13 points over his last 19 regular season contests, although he notched just one 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 in the 2019-20 season.
D — Morgan Rielly (TOR) — $5,700 vs. OTT
Im not going to overthink this and roster with Morgan Rielly who will skate alongside Matthews and Johnsson on the Maple Leafs top power play unit , a group that seemed mighty powerful from the preseason. Rielly did not have a Norris Trophy nomination last year despite finishing third among defensemen with 72 points on the year — a campaign that included 20 targets and 223 shots on goal also. Now, his 9% shooting percentage of last year was by far a career-high later submitting a 5.4% mark two earlier in his career. However, theres also no doubt that Rielly will stand up the points this season, although he may not score as many objectives. Skating on this very best power play unit is going to net him lots of aids and it appears from the preseason which Rielly is going to log a bunch of ice time this season and is likely going to eclipse the 23:07 mark he published a year ago. Certainly, were getting tons of cross-category upside with Rielly because his penalty killing will also lend itself some blocked shots also. Theres no reason to fade him in case youre rostering a stack surrounding Auston Matthews tonight.
D — Alexander Edler (VAN) — $5,100 vs. EDM
Edler is among the very best cash games options on most nights that he strikes a slate as he brings a wealth of cross-category upside to the dining table. Within an injury-shortened 2018-19 year, Edler submitted 10 goals and 34 points over 56 matches to cooperate with 128 shots on target. Edler also blocked a whopping 166 shots at that time, good for eighth in the league even though lacking all those games. Now, Edler has had major problems remaining healthy over his livelihood for a result as hes attained just 70 games played in one of the previous four seasons and has skated in all 82 games only once in his 13-year NHL livelihood. Having said that, we dont need to fret about the harm troubles for this one as hes set to be the lone defenseman on the teams best power play unit, even giving us a three-man power play stack too. Edler listed four goals and 17 points about the power play last season, otherwise known for 50% of his points generation. He could occasionally develop into a lost guy one of the elite defensemen in the game, and while he probably doesnt belong into that category, his DFS contributions simply cannot be overstated. He is a must in any money game tonight to be sure.
G — Frederik Andersen (TOR) — $8,700 vs. OTT
Andersen is the top goaltender in the slate and it is tough to argue with this belief. At -275 about the moneyline, the Maple Leafs can be easily the most popular 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 the triumph upside. Second, Andersen finished the preseason with a few incredible numbers because he posted a 0.30 GAA and .988 Sv% across four matches played. Andersen allowed only 1 goal on 81 shots. I know its preseason, but its still hockey against some very good players. Andersen finished his preseason with a shutout of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. When they revamped the group in the 23, one thing that the Maple Leafs will hope for this year is an blueline. Then, it might take a whole great deal of heat off of Andersen as he has viewed the heaviest workload concerning both begins and shots against in his Maple Leafs tenure. Im looking more for the win and goal-suppression — or safety — in the birthday boy in this lineup on opening night while Id want a ton of saves in this one.
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