JIRI TLUSTY IS A HUGE BARGAIN FOR DAILY OWNERS FRIDAY
For Friday, Oct. 4, there are six games in the National Hockey League. The Los Angeles-Minnesota (8:00pm ET) is nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.
The Ottawa Senators are one of the final four teams yet to make their regular season debut. They'll do so in Buffalo Friday, a place they have had tremendous success over the years. The Sabres worked hard in a 2-1 loss in their opener against the Red Wings. They'll need to work harder against the Sens. Ottawa is 6-2 in the past eight meetings in this series, and 15-6 in their past 21 trips to Buffalo.
(DraftStreet.com salaries in parantheses)
THESE NINE WILL BE FINE
Craig Anderson, PG, Ottawa ($19225 at BUF): Given the success of the Senators over the years, Anderson should be in line for a win. He was 2-0 with a 1.51 Goals-Against Average (GAA) and a .954 save percentage against the Sabres in 2013, and that included one shutout
Cody Hodgson, C, Buffalo ($6978 vs OTT): Generally, you won't want to take an offensive player going up against your goaltender, but Hodgson is just too tough to pass on. He popped in 15 goals with 34 points in just 48 games last season, and is a hidden gem for the Sabres.
Evander Kane, LW, Winnipeg ($11058 vs LA): Kane is one of my favorite types of players. He has plenty of gifts, offensively, but he isn't afraid to mix it up if need be. He squeezed off 190 shots on goal (SOG) in 48 games last season, so even when he isn't scoring goals, he is still logging Fantasy points.
Elias Lindholm, C, Carolina ($5460 vs DET): Lindholm was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and he'll open with the team in Raleigh Friday night. The 18-year-old previously played with Brynäs IF in the Swedish Hockey League, and is years ahead of his age. He'll save you salary, and he has plenty of potential.
P.A. Parenteau, RW, Colorado ($9386 vs NSH): Parenteau is an offensively gifted player who produced nearly a point-per-game last season for the rebuilding Avalanche. The only concern, and the thing that holds down his salary, was his plus-minus rating from a year ago (minus-11). The Avalanche looked much improved in their opening game stomping of the Anaheim Ducks, and a repeat could make Parenteau a steal.
Devin Setoguchi, RW, Winnipeg ($6724 vs LA): Setoguchi is another player who can light the lamp on a regular basis, and he is a tremendous addition for the Jets. He posted 27 points (13 G, 14 A) and a plus-5 rating in 48 games last season. At this price level, you can do much worse.
Jiri Tlusty, LW, Carolina ($7849 vs DET): Sure, it's a tough draw opening up against the Detroit Red Wings, but Tlusty should shine, especially at this mid-level price. The drop off is pretty severe after the top salary options are gone, but Tlusty posted 23 goals, 38 points and a plus-15 rating in 48 games last season, and is a nice hidden gem down the list.
Shea Weber, D, Nashville ($10546 at COL): Weber did a solid job last season, poking in nine goals with 19 assists and 124 SOG. He also stepped in front of 90 shots, so he gives you that added element, too. He actually underproduced from an offensive standpoint last season, and is out to prove critics wrong. Watch out for those type of hockey players.
Dennis Wideman, D, Calgary ($7371 at CLS): Wideman is an offensive-first rearguard who can put up multi-point games on occasion. Friday's game in Columbus might be one of those type outings.
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