The NHL seasoned opened today in a dramatic fashion. The first game in Finland, first game in the new Console Energy Center, first OT game, first shut-out, first games for the tremendous trio in Edmonton and first win for Bob.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 29 shots and allowed 2 goals as he backstopped Philadelphia to their first win of the season and his first NHL victory in his first NHL start. He is now worth taking a flyer on in keeper leagues as he should get ample starts to prove his value.
The line of Malkin, Comrie and Tangradi combined for 9 shots but were held off the score sheet because of the strong play of Bobrovsky. Malkin played an outstanding 23:05 and Crosby 24:42. Keep an eye on Comrie and Tangradi. It may be just a matter of time before they start racking up the points.
Brandon Sutter netted 2 goals and Carolinas defence corps added 5 points in the contest. Sutter is a great option for a depth center in your pool as he is already playing 17:00 plus minutes a game.
The Avs and Hawks competed in a in the league’s first OT game with Colorado coming out on top. With a total shot count of 79, Anderson and Turco were very busy and looked very sharp all night. Patrick Sharp, Hossa and Kopecky all had 2 points and 15 of the 38 shots on the night. Keep an eye on Kopecky as he is skating on the top 2 lines and getting PP time.
JS Giguere made some huge stops as time ran down to give the Leafs their first win of the season. The Kessel, Bozak and Versteeg all played over 20 minutes, while Komisarek only played 12 minutes. Clarke MacArthur played 14 minutes, 3:33 on the PP, had 4 shots and scored 1 goal. He is worth watching in deeper leagues.
The young Oilers were led to victory by the 37 year old ‘Bulin Wall’. Turning aside all 37 shots from Calgary, Khabibulin looked unstoppable. Combine that with the youth and skills of Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi, Edmonton will be one of the best teams to watch. All 3 should be taken in all keeper pools but Khabibulin will experience growing pains this season, keep an eye on how he does before relying on him to get you wins.