When the NHL announced their schedule would include mostly back to back, "double-header," style contests this season I was a little uneasy with the idea that we would essentially have repeat slates constantly throughout the year. But so far through the initial games I have really come to love the predictability that comes with a fairly variant sport like hockey. Something that proved true over the weekend was the home teams' winning the second game after losing the first one of these mini back-to-backs. In most cases when the home team has the day rest in between games they're benefiting the most because they aren't the ones coped up in a hotel room for three days on the road.
There are eight games tonight and all but of two them are new match-ups, so while there aren't many B2B narratives in play today, we should monitor what happens tonight and remember it on Tuesday/Wednesday this week when some of these match-ups happen again.
The two repeat games are Vancouver at Calgary which Calgary won on Saturday night 3-0 and Montreal at Edmonton which Montreal won 5-1.
ST LOUIS BLUES
Ryan O'Reilly - David Perron - Torey Krug
The Blues will have their first home game tonight and they welcome in last year's worst penalty kill in the San Jose Sharks. So far the Sharks PK hasn't been any better in early action and the Blues should really have their way in this game tonight. We'll see O'Reilly, Perron, Schenn, Hoffman and Krug on the top PP1 unit with O'Reilly/Perron/Krug being the best full strength correlation play.
Correlate with: Tomas Hertl (SJ)
Elias Petterson - JT Miller - Brock Boesser
The Canucks were shutout by their former goaltender Jakob Markstrom on Saturday but that recent history should not be a repeat performance tonight. Vancouver has been a little sluggish but is getting J.T. Miller back tonight off the COVID-19 list and he should help a quiet top line so far.
Jack Eichel - Taylor Hall - Sam Reinhart
The Sabres will skate into Philadelphia to do their best against Lord Gritty and his Flyers who are without top center-man Sean Couturier for a couple of weeks due to an injury. Philadelphia still has a good squad but the loss of Coots is a big one for them as he is one of their better two way players and it should open up scoring opportunities for Buffalo's top line.
POSITIONAL ONE OFFS
Leon Draisaitl (EDM) - I mentioned last week after the Oilers first game about how McDavid doesnt go back to back games without a point. This time it's Draisaitl that I am looking at for a bounce back as he went almost 20 minutes and generated 6 shots on goal but no points.
Sebastian Aho (CAR)
Tomas Hertl (SJ)
Best value center: Ryan O'Reilly (STL)
Kyle Connor (WPG)
Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
Brock Boesser (VAN)
William Nylander (TOR)
Mike Hoffman (STL) - A good value once again and will see action on that Blues top PP unit
Best value wingers: Sam Reinhart (BUF), Zach Sanford (STL), Kailer Yamamoto (EDM)
Torey Krug / Colton Parayko (STL) - Krug on PP1 is the preferred play with Parayko being a slight discount
Ivan Provorov (PHI) - Flyers will need him to block shots tonight. He's a lock for that small block bonus
Tyson Barrie (EDM)
Nate Schmidt (VAN) - Quinn Hughes is questionable for Vancouver, but this is likely a higher scoring game than we saw last time so I want some action on the Canucks side for sure.
Cam Fowler (ANA) - How the mighty have fallen, his price is now $2900 and faces a team who was very favorable to defenseman last year in the Minnesota Wild.
Peter Mrazek (CAR) - Mrazek has always had huge games in Nashville for whatever reason and this should be a relatively low scoring but close game.
Mikko Koskinen (EDM) - My favorite value goalie on the night.
Robin Lehner (VGK) - On the pricey side, however Arizona is clearly not the same quality team this year so he's a pretty safe bet for the win.
SLAP ... SHOTS!
LINE LOCK OF THE NIGHT: Ryan O'Reilly - David Perron - Torey Krug (STL PP1)
ONE OFF STUD: Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
ONE OFF VALUE WINGER: Sam Reinhart (BUF)
TOP DEFENSE-MAN: Torey Krug (STL)
GPP FADE TEAM OF THE NIGHT: Montreal
- Sharks / Blues OVER 6
- Canucks / Flames OVER 6