FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN IS A NICE SLEEPER IN DAILY NHL WEDNESDAY
For Wednesday, Oct. 2, there are thre games in the National Hockey League. The Buffalo-Detroit (8:00pm ET) is nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.
It is Opening Night in the NHL, Part Deux, as five times drop the puck for the first time this season. We've already seen the Toronto Maple Leafs play, and they hit the road for a second consecutive night in a difficult venue. Perhaps there will be a little bit of exhaustion due to the travel and quick turnaround time, leading more Philadelphia Flyers to be valuable on this night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are just 16-35 in the second end of back-to-back situations, obviously dating back to last season. However, they haven't had a whole lot of success in the second night of action, especially after traveling the previous evening. The Flyers finished up strong last season, winning six of their final eight home games, and they have been especially good against the Leafs over the years. While the road team is 4-1 in the past five meetings in this series, Toronto is 2-7 in their past nine trips to Philadelphia, and 3-10 in the past 13 meetings with the Flyers overall.
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THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Francois Beauchemin, D, Anaheim ($3100 at COL): Beauchemin not only brings the potential for an occasional point, but he also can pick up an occasional penalty with a decent plus/minus rating. However, his biggest help to Fantasy owners is his selflessness in front of the pick, as he ranked 10th in the NHL last season with 111 blocked shots. That's where he will help you most, and he will be good for at least two or three per game.
Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto ($6500 at PHI): The newcomer Bernier will draw his first start of the season after G James Reimer did a solid job in Tuesday's win at Montreal. It will be a tough act to follow for Bernier. He comes with the second-cheapest price tag among the starters in tonight's slate, and he could very well be a bargain despite Toronto's recent struggles in Philly.
Wayne Simmonds, RW, Philadelphia ($4700 vs TOR): I like Simmonds to get off to a quick start for the Flyers. The best part about Simmonds is not only his deft scoring touch, but his eagerness to get his nose dirty. He'll bash with the best of them, leading to a healthy amount of penalty minutes in physical-type games like against Toronto.
Jan Hejda, D, Colorado ($2000 vs ANA): Like Beauchemin above, if you're looking for a few blocked shots, Hejda is your man. He stepped in front of 102 shots in 2013 while posting 10 points and 0.61 penalty minutes per game (PIM). He is a cheap, cheap option who won't be a ton offensively. He won't post a negative or minus points due to his blocked shot ability, and he will save you a ton of salary to allocate elsewhere.
Vincent Lecavalier, C, Philadelphia ($5400 vs TOR): It will be very strange seeing Vinny dressed in orange and black after being a staple for the Tampa Bay Lightning through good times and bad. For what it's worth, Lecavalier seems to light up when facing the Leafs, as he has 10 goals and eight assists over his past 16 meetings against Toronto.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado ($4600 vs ANA): The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft will make his debut against the Ducks. It will be interesting to see if he can fire out of the chute. He is certainly worth a roll of the dice at a mid-level price.
Brayden Schenn, LW, Philadelphia ($3900 vs TOR): Schenn is a low-priced option with some upside. He and his brother D Luke Schenn ($2100) might be useful not only for Fantasy points, but to save a little salary at their respective positions so you can load up elsewhere.
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