Twelve teams will hit the ice tonight, “highlighted” by the Connor McDavid Bowl between Buffalo and Florida. None of these teams played last night, so everyone should have fresh legs.
Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets – Bobrovsky has been very solid between the pipes on all three starts this season and now owns a 55-32 record, 2.22 GAA and 92.6% save percentage since joining the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Calgary Flames may be improved from last season, but they have very little offensive fire power and Columbus is the biggest favorite on the board in Vegas. He’s the most expensive option on the board, but the clear #1 choice for my cash games.
Others: Roberto Luongo, Frederik Anderson
Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks – Getzlaf has tallied at least one point in each of Anaheim’s four games this season and is the most talented center on the board tonight. He racked up three assists in three meetings with Minnesota last season and this Ducks team was dominant at the Honda Center last year. With plenty of value to choose from elsewhere, it’s going to be hard for me to fade Getzlaf tonight.
Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks – The reported demise of the Sedin Twins appears to have been way off base, as the brothers have combined for eight points in Vancouver’s first two games. Henrik has posted a goal and an assist in each game and is now met with another favorable matchup against the defensively inept Edmonton Oilers. He has more points in his career against the Oilers than any other team in the league and is an absolute bargain at just $3,900.
Tyler Ennis – Buffalo Sabres– It’s not often that targeting Buffalo Sabres players makes financial sense, but they certainly come into play at home against the Florida Panthers. As the center of Buffalo’s top scoring line (alongside Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford), Ennis has already found the back of the net twice this season. He’s the center for the Sabres’ top power-play unit as well and should be chomping at the bit to take a crack at this Florida team who owned the league’s worst penalty kill last season (at just 76%).
Values: Artem Anisimov ($4,400). Aleksander Barkov ($3,600), Mike Ribeiro ($3,800)
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks – I’m not going out on a limb here by any means, but there’s enough value on the board to grab both Getzlaf and his partner-in-crime, Corey Perry. Perry has already racked up four goals and two assists over the Duck’s first four games and is a threat to reach the 50 goal plateau once again.
Andrew Ladd – Winnipeg Jets – After opening the season on a tough west coast road trip, Ladd will be happy to return to the Winnipeg where he’s owned rather dramatic home vs road splits in recent seasons. Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, he owns the following stat line at the MTS Centre; 24 goals, 37 assists and a +18 in 63 home games. He tallied a goal and three assists in five meetings with the Predators last season and comes with a very reasonable $4,500 asking price.
Gustav Nyquist – Detroit Red Wings – Nyquist has lit the lamp in each of Detroit’s first three games and is proving that his offensive outbreak last season wasn’t a fluke. Mike Babcock has certainly took notice of his scoring abilities as he now has him skating alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen on Detroit’s top forward line as well as their #1 power-play unit. The Toronto Maple Leafs has no answer for him last year as Nyquist netted three goals and added an assist in their three meetings.
Value: Matt Moulson ($4,400), Tomas Tatar ($4,000), Emerson Etem ($3,400)
James Wisniewski – Columbus Blue Jackets – Wisniewski has yet to record a point this season, but he posted 51 points last season and remains a workhorse on the blue line for the Blue Jackets. He amassed 30 points in 38 home games last season and quarterbacks Columbus’ top power-play unit. He likely won’t remain $4,000 for long, so enjoy the discount while it lasts.
Niklas Kronwall – Detroit Red Wings – Kronwall has picked up assists in back-to-back games and entered this season on the heels of an impressive 49 point season in the 2013-14 season. He’s a lock to see 20+ minutes of ice-time and is a staple at the point of the Wings #1 power-play unit. The Maple Leafs owned the 28th worst PK in the league last season and have already allowed three power-play goals this year.
Value: Brian Campbell ($3,800), Tim Erixon ($2,500), Cody Franson ($3,700), Dan Hamhuis ($3,300), Hampus Lindholm ($3,800)
Thanks for reading and best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)