Just like this, hockey is back!
The NHL regular season kicks off tonight with a major slate and that I couldnt be more happier. Ill be here delivering daily FanDuel NHL DFS Picks during the regular season into the postseason and I want to let everybody know I will be doing a ton of research and putting on my best selections on a daily basis so that we can all enjoy a profitable NHL season together!
Lets determine if we could begin the 2019-20 NHL year and get going with this slate!
C -- Auston Matthews (TOR) -- $8,300 vs. OTT
An Auston Matthews playing his very first NHL game torched the Ottawa Senators along with Craig Anderson for four goals in the season opener on opening night three seasons past. The next season, Matthews scored just two goals and added an assist in a blowout win over the Winnipeg Jets on opening night. Last year, Matthews scored two goals -- including the winner -- on opening night against the Montreal Canadiens. Add it up and Matthews has notched an assist and eight goals to the point more than three matches in his NHL career. Consequently, Im pretty certain once he tallied five goals and three helpers this season we should be moving with Matthews within this 1 tonight. Matthews 111 targets since entering the league in 2016-17 season are despite missing 34 games over the previous two seasons, the fifth-most in the NHL. His 0.52 goals-per-game in that span are second only to Alex Ovechkin in that time. After all, hes playing with the leagues worst defense from a season ago as Ottawa yielded a whopping 3.67 goals each match in 2018-19. He is ready for a season that was huge and I think that gets off to another nice start tonight.
C -- Elias Pettersson (VAN) -- $6,700 vs. EDM
Petterson is not a stranger to opening nights himself as he notched a goal and an assist in his NHL debut last October from the Calgary Flames and tonight hell take on another Western Canada rival in the Edmonton Oilers form. The story around Edmonton that this preseason was whether or not new head coach Dave Tippett can turn around the groups defense as Edmonton finished tied for 26th with 3.30 goals against per game last season and 30th having a 74.8% mark over the penalty kill. Well, with a lot of the same blueline aboard Edmonton, Im going to put them into the test using a four-man Canucks pile on opening night, starting here with Pettersson who tickles 28 goals and 66 points en route to the Calder Trophy final season. Pettersson will have to take the puck more this year if he plans on scoring yet a second 28 goals because he posted that total on a big 19.4% shooting percent a season ago. that doesnt hinder the opportunity tonight of the worst defensive clubs in a year ago, although that is mainly unsustainable. Tonight should be got off by the Swedish magician.
W -- Andreas Johnsson (TOR) -- $5,100 vs. OTT
Johnsson is a choice for a breakout season this year as a result of the opportunity being introduced to him by head coach Mike Babcock. There was lots of roster turnover in Toronto, some thing that has helped Johnsson property a spot to the left of Auston Matthews at 5-on-5 as well as taking over Nazem Kadris spot on the teams best power play unit. To put it differently, Johnsson is cricket together with one of the best two goal-scorers in this league in most offensive conditions and also the very best even-strength goal scorer as Matthews leads the NHL with all 79 even-strength targets over the past 3 seasons. Johnsson enjoyed a excellent rookie season last year with 20 goals and 43 points across 73 games, nevertheless he also tallied 35 points on his closing 52 matches as well. That playing including electricity play time on a lineup that does not include Auston Matthews and did not. Johnsson scored his intentions on a very regular 15.4percent shooting percentage and he skated just 13:40 per game too. Add in roughly three extra minutes per game, Matthews and top-unit power play time on a loaded Maple Leafs top unit and Johnsson is ready to get a big-time breakout season.
W -- Brock Boeser (VAN) -- $6,900 vs. EDM
Together with Pettersson comes Boeser since the duo are place to skate on the top line of the team as well as the top power play unit. After tallying 29 goals Boeser fell across 69 games to only 26 a year. He also registered a healthy 209 shots on goal last season, but the decrease in scoring rate resulted from an almost 4% drop in his fire speed. The upside is tantalizing if Pettersson or she he can remain a duo throughout this season. Boeser was cleared to play in tonights opener, despite dealing with a concussion in preseason and brings an abundance of possible. He shoots the puck a good deal, hes going to score a good deal of goals with a elite play-making center in Pettersson and hes got plenty of potential to the man advantage thinking of that the Oilers atrocious penalty kill in late seasons. Even the 22-year-old also logged a whopping 19:10 of ice time a game last season, a few he needs to at least match or probably eclipse this time around as the team is very likely to lean heavily in their own top-six in what appears to be a weak Pacific Division this season around. Pettersson and Boeser attract a wealth of upside to this one tonight.
W -- Michael Ferland (VAN) -- $4,500 vs. EDM
Person up on this Canucks heap is Ferland whos set for top-line responsibility alongside Pettersson and Boeser this day. Ferland has prior experience playing top-line moments since he did alongside Sean Monahan along with Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary a few years ago. Ferland played the Carolina Hurricanes a season where he scored a healthy 17 goals and 40 points in 71 games after notched a career-high 21 matches in top-line responsibility with the Flames the former year. Concussions have held back him over the previous few seasons, however Ferland might well be useful for 25 goals this season if he can remain healthy and maintain his place together with the Canucks top two offensive weapons. Additional to the Canucks second power play device, we receive exposure using Ferland . He did a wonderful job on the power play of late six man advantage goals in each of the previous two seasons. He also isnt afraid to shoot the puck using 156 shots on target in just 71 games last season, good for at least 180 shots at a whole 82-game season. I believe we can squeeze nice value out of the hard-nosed Ferland inside this matchup tonight.
W -- Robert Thomas (STL) -- $3,800 vs. WAS
The St. Louis Blues will raise the Stanley Cup banner tonight as they play host to the preceding Cup champion Washington Capitals on home ice. I am much less convinced that this will be a high-scoring match as I am with all the Maple Leafs and Canucks matches, however I do think the Blues can access to a Washington team that ranked 21st in street defense last year with 3.34 goals against per game. This was the second straight time the Capitals struggled to defend on the street, so I want to squeeze some value out of Thomas because he appears to maintain a wonderful place to produce tonight. He is very likely to line up alongside Tyler Bozak around the groups third line, however Thomas seems to have a spot in the power play alongside Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn along with Jaden Schwartz in exactly what I would call the staffs top power play unit. Thomas enters his sophomore season tonight after a rookie season which involved nine goals and 33 points in 70 games. But, Thomas acquired steam as the year went along a year as he notched 13 points on his last 19 regular season contests, even though he notched just 1 goal and six points in 21 playoff games. However, he is now on the other side of 20 years old and place to take forward strides within the 2019-20 season.
D -- Morgan Rielly (TOR) -- $5,700 vs. OTT
Im not going to overthink this and roster with Morgan Rielly who will skate alongside Matthews and Johnsson about the Maple Leafs top power play unit tonight, a team that looked mighty strong in the preseason. Rielly did not get a Norris Trophy nomination last year despite finishing third among defensemen with 72 points on the year -- an effort that contained 20 goals and 223 shots on target as well. Now, his 9% shooting percentage from last year was by far a career-high after submitting a 5.4% mark twice earlier in his career. But, there is also no doubt that Rielly will rack up the points this year, although he may not score as many goals. Skating on this power play unit will net him plenty of assists and it seems from the preseason that Rielly is going to log a huge amount of ice time this year and is likely going to eclipse the 23:07 markers he published a season ago. Clearly, we are getting tons of cross-category upside down with Rielly as his punishment killing will also give itself towards some blocked shots too. Theres not any reason to fade him if you are rostering a stack surrounding Auston Matthews tonight.
D -- Alexander Edler (VAN) -- $5,100 vs. EDM
Edler is among the best money games choices on most nights that he strikes a slate because he brings a wealth of cross-category upside into the table. Within an injury-shortened 2018-19 season, Edler posted 10 goals and 34 points across 56 games to go along with all 128 shots on target. Edler also blocked a whopping 166 shots in that time, good for eighth in the league despite missing all of those games. Currently, Edler has experienced major problems staying healthy over his livelihood for a result since he has reached just 70 matches played one of the last four seasons and has skated in all 82 games only once in his 13-year NHL career. Having said that, we dont need to fret about the harm troubles with this one as hes defined as the lone defenseman on the teams top power play unit, even giving us a three-man power play stack also. Edler listed four goals and 17 points about the power play last season, otherwise referred for 50 percent of the points generation. He can sometimes become a lost man one of the elite defensemen in the game, and while he probably doesnt belong into that class, his DFS contributions simply cannot be overstated. Hes a must in any cash game tonight to make sure.
G -- Frederik Andersen (TOR) -- $8,700 vs. OTT
Andersen is the top goaltender on the background and it is hard to argue with this belief. In -275 about the moneyline, the Maple Leafs are easily the most peculiar favored on this four-game slate using the Golden Knights and their -170 odds checking in second. As a result, you have to be a fan of his triumph upside. Second, Andersen completed the preseason with some unbelievable numbers as he posted a 0.30 GAA and .988 Svpercent across four matches played. Andersen allowed just 1 goal on 81 shots. Its still hockey from some very good players, although I am aware that its preseason. Andersen finished his preseason with a shutout of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. After they revived the group in the 23, one thing that the Maple Leafs will hope for this year is a better blueline. In turn, it would take a good deal of heat off of Andersen as he has observed the most heavy workload concerning both shots and starts against in his three-year Maple Leafs tenure. While I would want a ton of saves Im looking more for goal-suppression along with the win -- or security -- in the birthday boy in this cash-oriented lineup on opening night.