Wednesday October 4th
7:00 PM – Toronto at Winnipeg – We are re-introducing the Matthews vs Laine debate as the two scorers go head to head in an all Canadian matchup. This is the first game of the NHL schedule so people, will be watching. Huge deal, Matthews or Laine will probably score a bunch.
10:00PM – Calgary at Edmonton – It’s the Battle of Alberta. Both teams left the playoffs with a lot of promise. Calgary is expected to take a step forward, and the Oilers will be a powerhouse again this year. Great opener for the Western Conference. And a guy named Connor McDavid.
10:30PM – Philadelphia at San Jose – This is the first time without Marleau since the 97-98 Season. Nolan Patrick had yet to be born at this point. It will also be his long awaited debut at the NHL level.
Thursday October 5th
Lots of standard matchups here. Home openers for 8 different teams, none of them are must watches unless you are fans of the teams. Montreal and Buffalo might have a few fights, same with Phillie and Los Angeles.
Friday October 6th
7:30PM – Florida at Tampa – Its the Battle of Florida. With Stamkos back, and huge expectations fore the Bolts this season, the anticipation of bounce back year is high. Florida is also a team to watch with tonnes of young talent and
8:30PM – Vegas at Dallas – First game for the Golden Knights in the NHL. We will get a good look of the roster, and see how the players are meshing together. This is also a display of Dallas’s new team with Hanzal, Bishop, Radulov and Methot. Lots of fantasy potential here for secondary scoring from Dallas. Pick up a second or third liner and they probably will get a secondary assist.
Sat October 7th
2:00PM – Colorado at New Jersey – Colorado needs a bounce back season, New Jersey does as well, but the potential is actually there. First game for the first overall pick in Nico Hischier will be exciting to see as well.
7:00PM – Buffalo at New York Islanders – First game for the Sabres who have a lot of potential this season. Eichel, Eberle
7:00PM – Nashville at Pittsburgh – Cup Final Rematch, and Bonino returns home early. No explanation needed here.
By the numbers
In terms of fantasy numbers, New Jersey and Dallas have the easiest schedules of week 1. Left Wing Lock also says that Chicago and Nashville have the toughest schedules.
Nashville plays Boston and Pittsburgh, both on the road. Chicago plays Pittsburgh and Columbus. Both at home.
For frequency – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Montreal all play three games this week. If you play week to week, a good opener would be to snag secondary players for your utilities spots.