Start your NHL season off with a bang Wednesday
The National Hockey League regular season is here, and while the Daily Fantasy season gets started in earnest Thursday, there are a few contests available for selection Wednesday, Oct. 8, when there are a total of four games. There are a handful of entertaining games on the slate for Wednesday, including the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal ($12050 at TOR): Pacioretty's eyes lit up last season when he saw that blue maple leaf, as he posted five goals with seven points in five games against the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. The goals were his best against any team, and his point total was tied for his best. Two of his goals came on the power play, and he also netted a shorthanded goal. He loves to hurt Toronto, and Wednesday he could get off to another good start.
Carey Price, G, Montreal ($19850 at TOR): For whatever reason, the Montreal Canadiens just seem to have the number of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and until the blue and white start to turn around this trend, you have to roll with the visiting goaltender. The Habs have come away with victories in five of the past seven meetings at Air Canada Centre.
Tuukka Rask, G, Boston ($20800 vs PHI): The Flyers head to Beantown, and the TD Garden in Boston is usually a house of horrors for them. The Flyers have won just three of their past 16 meetings against the Bruins, and only one time in their past seven trips to Boston. Opening night in Boston is special, and it's hard to see the heavily favored home team losing. That's good news for Rask, who should rack up a healthy amount of Fantasy points.
Nick Bonino, C, Vancouver ($7850 at CGY): The plan when the Vancouver Canucks acquired Bonino was to use him as a second-line center, or, a top-six forward. That will mean an increased amount of ice time (TOI) and offensive production. He lit it up during the preseason, and he should get off to a hot start with his new team.
Dougie Hamilton, D, Boston ($8100 vs PHI): The Bruins are reportedly expecting Hamilton to take a big step forward in his development, and what better way than to etch your name on the scoresheet on Opening Night? The third-year rearguard can be productive on the offensive end, and he comes with a mid-level price.
Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary ($6750 vs VAN): Backlund is a nice option if you need salary-cap relief. He is one of Calgary's best offensive players, yet he comes with a very cheap price tag. He is even better if your DFS provider does not penalize plus/minus rating, which can be a drawback with Calgary players.
Mark Streit, D, Philadelphia ($7400 at BOS): Streit looked really good in the preseason, posting eight points in just four games. He has confidence heading into the season, and he looks to build upon last season's total of 10 goals and 44 points. At this price level, he is a solid addition to most DFS lineups.
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