KRIS LETANG IS WORTH A LOOK IN HIS SEASON DEBUT
For Friday, Oct. 25, there are six games in the National Hockey League. The N.Y. Islanders-Pittsburgh (7:00pm ET) and Anaheim-Ottawa (7:30pm ET) games are nationally/regionally televised on NHL Network.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the play against the New York Islanders Friday night, so remember that goaltender and to stack with Penguins. The Penguins are 23-5 in their past 28 meetings against the Islanders at Consol Energy Center, and 36-16 in the past 52 meetings overall against New York. In addition, the Isles are just 2-7 in their past nine road games, and 1-5 in their past six overall. Conversely, the Pens are 38-13 in their past 51 dating back to last season, and 45-14 in their past 59 home teams against a team with a road winning percentage under .400. The Pens have also won 41 of their past 56 against Eastern Conference foes.
(DraftStreet.com salaries in parantheses)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
David Clarkson, RW, Toronto ($9523 at Columbus): After a 10-game suspension for a preseason dust-up, Clarkson is set to make his regular season debut. He has been champing at the bit to get going, and he could fire out of the chute in this game.
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh ($21878 vs. N.Y. Islanders): Really? Sid the Kid is a good Fantasy option. No way, Dobish! Well, I am not exactly telling you something you do not know, but if you can get Crosby under your salary cap, you'll obviously be very pleased. In five games against the Islanders last season, he did not score any goals, but had nine assists with a plus-4 rating. Over his past 21 games against the Isles, Crosby has 10 goals and 40 points with a plus-15 rating.
Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh ($10589 vs. N.Y. Islanders): Letang (knee) hasn't played all season due to a knee injury, but bench boss Dan Bylsma strongly indicated Thursday that Letang would likely end up making his debut Friday. Watch Twitter closely during the day Friday before finalizing your roster. If Letang plays, he should be in line for a big night.
Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo ($18242 at Florida): The Sabres are 1-9-1, but they have actually been pretty competitive more often than not. They head down to Florida looking for a win, and the Panthers haven't exactly lit the world afire. The Sabres are 9-4 in their past 13 trips to Sunrise, so the Sabres and Miller could surprise.
Justin Peters, G, Carolina ($17541 at Colorado): If you want to save a little money at the goaltender position, Peters is likely to get the start Friday night. Starting G Cam Ward (lower body) went down with an injury Thursday in Minnesota, and he is expected to miss the next three to four weeks. With G Anton Khudobin (lower body) already on IR, and not due back for at least 10 to 14 days, it will be Peters' time to shine. The Avalanche is a tough team to face, but you'll at least save plenty of salary.
Mason Raymond, LW, Toronto ($9773 at Columbus): Raymond has posted four goals with eight points and 28 shots on goal (SOG) over 10 games . Unfortunately, he has just two penalty minutes this season, but he has done enough offensively.
Thomas Vanek, LW, Buffalo ($7787 at Florida): Vanek has a ton of offensive potential, but his minus-7 rating in 11 games has really sapped most of his Fantasy value. He still has three goals and seven points, and can do so much more. In a favorable matchup at Florida, Vanek could shine and exceed his salary by a mile.
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