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1 year agoWashington Capitals forward Brett Connolly has been promoted to the first line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin after Tom Wilson was handed a 20-game suspension. The former sixth overall draft choice in 2010 who scored a career-high 27 points in 70 games last season will be given his best opportunity at success with first line time, and time on the second power-play unit as well. While this most likely will only be temporary, he should be kept on all watch-lists and is a potential add in very deep formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: DailyFaceoff
1 year agoWashington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for 20 games after an illegal check to the head to St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. Wilson was already on thin ice after some questionable plays in the playoffs and last season. While the hit itself wasn't his worstread more...
1 year agoVancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom will get the nod on Thursday against the Calgary Flames on opening night. Markstrom had a very good season for how weak the Canucks blueline is, posting a 23-26-7 record and a .912 save percentage last year. Markstrom's status as starter remains pretty solidified, as he got 57 starts of work under his belt. A possible timeshare with backup Anders Nilsson could be in place, however, for now, assume Markstrom as the starter. He should be started in deeper formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Patrick Johnston
1 year agoCalgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith will get the nod on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks on opening night. Smith put up a respectful year before injuries cut his season short, putting up a record of 25-22-6 along with a .916 save percentage. With Calgary cutting Dougie Hamilton from the defensive line, while adding Noah Hanifin, there's no certainty as to what the Flames are going to look like this year. They'll face off against a league bottom Vancouver Canucks offense last season and the addition of Elias Pettersson will not change Smith's must-start status.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Derek Wills on Twitter
1 year agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will get the go against the Boston Bruins on opening night. Holtby had the worst season of his career last year, putting up a still very impressive record of 34-16-4, however, only managed a .907 save percentage. He looked like himself as the playoffs emerged though, and looks to return as the dominating force between the pipes that he usually is for fantasy owners. He does not match up well against the Bruins heavy offense, however, should still be started in all formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: JJ Regan on Twitter
1 year agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will get the start against the Washington Capitals on opening night. Rask put up a very impressive season in 53 starts, going 34-14-5 along with a .917 save percentage. He remains the workhorse in Boston and will easily put up 60+ starts barring no injuries this year. While they will face off against the reigning Stanley Cup champions, Rask is a must-start in all formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Joe McDonald on Twitter
1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will get the start on opening night against the Montreal Canadiens. Andersen had a dominating second season for the Leafs, as he put up a 38-21-5 record along with a .918 save percentage. The Leafs defense is questionable this year, however, matches up nicely against a Canadiens squad that is looking to be one of the league's lowest-scoring offenses. Andersen should be started in all formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Mark Masters on Twitter
1 year agoMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the start on opening night on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Price will look to bounce back from a rough year, in which he collected a 16-26-7 record, along with only a .900 save percentage. He still remains as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL, and even against an offense-heavy Leafs squad, he should be started in all formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Dave McCarthy on Twitter
1 year agoSan Jose Sharks rookie centerman Antti Suomela is expected to start the season on the third line flanked by Joonas Donskoi and Evander Kane. This is a massive boon for Suomela's fantasy value, as both of his wingers have offensive upside. Suomela tallied 60 points in 59 games last season in the Finnish Elite League and had a fantastic preseason. The 24-year-old is someone to watch during the early portions of the season.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: The Mercury News
1 year agoPhiladelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is expected to miss the first two games of the season. Brian Elliott will man the net in his absence, although if the injury persists, the Flyers claimed Calvin Pickard off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Neuvirth posted a 9-7-3 record with a .915 SV% and 2.60 GAA across 22 games last season. He only has value as a spot starter in fantasy leagues, unless he manages to become the undisputed starting goalie.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports Philadelphia
1 year agoDetroit Red Wings rookie center Michael Rasmussen has made the Red Wings opening day roster. The ninth overall pick from 2017 was impressive throughout training camp and preseason. Rasmussen is expected to start the season on the second line with Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen. He should also start the season on the first powerplay unit as a net-front presence which adds a massive boost to his fantasy potential. Rasmussen is somebody to target as a late-round flier at the end of drafts.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Ansar Khan
1 year agoColorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will get the nod for his team when the Wild come to town for the season opener on Thursday night. The 30-year-old is coming off a 2017-2018 campaign in which he posted 24 wins, a 2.68 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in 47 starts. Despite the solid statistical season, Varlamov missed all of April (including the playoffs) due to a knee injury and has spent a considerable amount of time on injured reserve throughout his career. As a result, the Avalanche acquired Phillip Grubauer in the offseason and the two goalies appear to be involved in a timeshare for the net in Colorado. Varlamov will look begin the season on the right foot on Thursday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Mike Chambers
1 year agoDetroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kronwall reportedly tweaked something during a preseason game, but the injury remains unknown. This should not have much of an impact on fantasy teams as the veteran rearguard has entered the twilight of his career. He has not recorded over 40 points since 2014-15 and can be avoided for fantasy purposes. --Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Helene St. James
1 year agoDetroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) will not play in the Red Wings season opener on Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ericsson suffered the injury during a preseason contest, and his timetable for return is currently unknown. While this leaves a hole on the Red Wings blueline, it should not leave a hole on fantasy teams. Ericsson has never scored more than 15 points across 11 seasons of NHL action and should be left on the fantasy waiver wire.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Helene St. James
1 year agoNashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman has been placed on Injured Reserve to start the season. Hartman, set to enter his first full season in Nashville (traded from Chicago in February), is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The 24-year-old struggled to generate much offense with his new team following the trade, posting just six points (three goals, three assists) in 21 regular season games. However, Hartman does have appeal in deep leagues counting hits and penalty minutes considering his 72 PIMS and 113 hits throughout the course of last season. Expected to begin the season in the Preds' bottom six forward group, Hartman could be a valuable add if he's able to earn more ice time as the season progresses. The former 30th-overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft is currently skating and not expected to miss more than a handful of games.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Adam Vingan

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