If you haven't tried our new daily Hockey Throwdown fantasy game, check it out. The link in the tile will take you to the game page where you can set up a head-to-head challenge with a friend, an enemy, the cable guy, the vicar, me ... basically anyone. Pick three players on three different NHL teams who you think will surpass their projected totals in such categories as wins, saves and goals-against average for goalies; and goals, assists, plus-minus, PIM and shots on goal for forwards and defensemen. Your team earns points based on live game stats. Highest score wins.
Each weekday, I'll offer my three picks for that night's action. To help you prepare, here are the players that I think are primed to have a big night:
Getzlaf would be a safe bet against this line (0.4 G, 0.7 A, 0.2 +/-, 0.5 PIM, 2.6 SOG, 0.3 PPP) on most nights. Against the Flames at the Honda Center? It's nearly a statistical sure thing. The Flames have dropped 18 straight since they last won in Anaheim more than a decade ago, and Getzlaf has played a huge role in keeping them down, scoring six goals and 21 points in their past 13 meetings at the Pond.
I try to steer clear of the heavy favorites, but compared to the night's other matchups I really like Elliott's chances to beat his line (0.8 W, 1.7 GA, 24.0 SV, 0.1 SO). St. Louis' 1A has allowed two or fewer in five straight, including a 24-save performance against these same Senators on Saturday night in Ottawa.