USE JONATHAN HUBERDEAU IN DAILY PLAY SATURDAY (PLUS CFB PICKS)
For Saturday, Oct. 5, there are 11 games in the National Hockey League. The Detroit-Boston (7:00pm ET) game is nationally televised on NHL Network, and the Ottawa-Toronto (7:00pm ET), Philadelphia-Montreal (7:00pm ET) and Edmonton-Vancouver (10:00pm ET) games are nationally/regionally televised on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.
The home team has won seven of the past 10 meetings between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers have won just seven of the past 22 meetings in this series, and Edmonton has won only two of their past 11 trips to Vancouver. This one could be a very chippy affair, too, after a feisty preseason battle and some hits which drew the attention of the league office.
(DraftStreet.com salaries in parantheses)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Mikkel Boedker, LW, Phoenix ($5242 at SJ): Boedker was scoreless in 20:08 of ice time (TOI), and he had just one hit and no shots on goal (SOG) with an even rating. As a result, his salary dropped. Pair him and Hansen (below) to squeeze in a handful of high-priced stars.
Andrew Cogliano, RW, Anaheim ($5062 at MIN): Cogliano rolled up 13 goals with 23 points and a plus-14 rating in 48 games last season, and could be a surprise play in St. Paul Saturday night. His offensive potential far outweighs his low salary.
Luke Gazdic, LW, Edmonton ($8894 at VAN): Gazdic is the newcomer to the Oilers, and he is the de facto resident tough guy after suspensions and departures have created a void. He was an assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick in his debut, lighting the lamp and picking a fight. With some potential revenge coming for the Canucks for a questionable hit in the preseason on the Oilers F Sam Gagner, Gazdic could rack up some huge penalty minutes (PIM) and Fantasy points.
Alex Goligoski, D, Dallas ($5153 vs WAS): Goligoski will see plenty of time along the blue line in a potentially high-scoring game against the Capitals. He might not necessarily light the lamp, but an assist or two with a positive plus/minus rating would make him a steal at this price level.
Jannik Hansen, RW, Vancouver ($4870 vs EDM): Hansen posted 27 points and a plus-12 rating last season in 47 games, but he did nothing in the opener in San Jose. He is ripe for the picking in this one, with an ultra-low salary which will help you load up on a high-priced stud or two.
Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Florida ($10234 at STL): Huberdeau was impressive in his rookie season last year, popping in 14 goals with 31 points and 112 SOG in 48 games. His plus/minus rating hurt his overall Fantasy value last season, but his ability to post points in bunches makes him a decent mid-level pick.
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver ($17511 vs EDM): Louie had his difficulties in the opener in San Jose, but you see the numbers above in the 'fun fact' area. Luongo's salary plummeted after his loss, but he will be a great value at this price level against Edmonton.
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