There were just 3 games on tap for opening night so without further delay, let’s get into it!
Lars Eller did everything but play in goal registering two goals, one assist, +2 rating, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 hits and 2 blocks. That is a great start for someone entering a contract year and lets not forget his breakout campaign in last year’s shortened season scoring 30 points in 46 games. He showed no ill signs of the devastating hit he took in last year’s playoffs.
Max Pacioretty went to the dressing room after a hit by Orr but later returned. It looked like he was nursing his wrist but he did have a great scoring chance later in the game. Keep an eye on his situation though.
Tyler Bozak did his best to silence his critics by scoring one goal and adding one assist while finishing with 4 shots on goal, although he still managed to finish -1 for the night. He also had 6 minutes and 51 seconds of PP time.
James Reimer I thought played an excellent game stopping 34 of 37 shots. But what I noticed was his body language which looked much more comfortable than his counterpart. Reimer looked confident and controlled which is not a good sign for Bernier owners but hey, it’s only one game!
Colton Orr and George Parros both finished with 20 PIM each but the scary incident was when Parros, doing his best Steve Moore impression, fell to the ice face first during a scrum with Orr and had to be taken off on a stretcher. He went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion. It could have been much worse so thankfully it wasn’t for a real good guy that is respected by many in the hockey world.
Mikhail Grabovski, showing why Toronto bought him out, opened the season with his new team by scoring a hat trick and adding an assist. But he was still only made the second star of the game so still no respect.
Brandon Saad played a solid game scoring once and adding two assists and a +2 rating. But he also only had one shot on goal with no hits or blocks to his credit. Still enough to be named the first star of the game ahead of Grabovski though.
I didn’t watch this game but the numbers tell me both Corey Crawford (28-32) and Braden Holtby (29-34) were suffering from the first night jitters. I am one of those who thinks the pad size reduction will affect Crawford more than anyone else but only time will tell. Let’s revisit this in January and see how his numbers look then.
Jacob Trouba, what a debut! The 19yr old scored one goal and added an assist while playing over 25 minutes in this one. He also finished +2 with 2 shots, 1 hit and 4 blocks. Oh, and he nearly put Hall back on the IR with a near crushing hit before Hall managed to just get out of the way. Word is Craig MacTavish suffered only a minor stroke.
Michael Frolik scored two goals on two shots with just over 14 minutes of ice time.
Ales Hemsky potted one goal and added an assist but there were 10 other oilers that reached the scoresheet with just a single point here.
Justin Schultz had an assist but continued his trend from last season with a -1 rating. He did finish with the most PP time however with just over 4 minutes.
The Oilers/Jets was another game where the goaltending was not too impressive. First night jitters? Maybe. But Dubnyk (23-28) let in some questionable goals that won’t help his case to remain as the #1 guy. With MacTavish there I think Dubnyk has a short leash already so this was not a good start for him. He needs to get off to a good start otherwise, watch for things to be shaken up.
Ondrej Pavelec (34-38) got the W and look for him to get a healthy dose of starts this season.
And now to try something new. Since the guys here gave me the freedom to write what I want, I thought what the hell. I enjoy twitter not just for the quick access to information relevant to fantasy hockey but for the quotes as well. So here is a little segment that I am going to call “2 Minutes for Tweeting” which is basically a collection of the most recent tweets I read that are either helpful for fantasy hockey poolies or just for a good laugh..enjoy!
2 Minutes for Tweeting
@strombone1 - Happy October everyone!!! Or as I like to call it: How did that go in?
@theScore - The Leafs-Habs game has been delayed due to overwrought introductions. Puck drop is scheduled for February
@Real_ESPNLeBrun - Pacioretty to the dressing room, took hard hot from Colton Orr. Laboring big time
@FriedgeHNIC - Glenn Healy is the worldwide number nine trending topic. All good, I bet #hockeynight
@Nichols_NHLPool - Martin St. Louis has been named captain for the #tblightning
@TheScouts - Guess PJ Stock is back. Was thinking amnesty buyout
@ErikKarlsson65 - I hate BELL! Paying way to much for way to little. I thought it was 2013 not 1999.!!OMG figure something out please.
@Real_ESPNLeBrun - Not a great night for Markov; has not been very good at all
@ErikKarlsson65 - Perfect!!! sat on the phone for 2 hours trying to figure out why my internet is not working and the supervisor hangs up the phone. Classy
@Nichols_NHLPool - Dmitry Kulikov - “My shoulder is 100 percent...I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in” #FlaPanthers (Miami Herald)
@ErikKarlsson65 - I'm happy to pay for whatever as long as it's working. But why pay when things never work, as I said its 2013. Figure it out!
Feel free to follow me on twitter @Pope604 or the rest of the team over at @TheScouts