The fantasy line of the night goes to Ryan Smyth as he had 2+1=3, plus-3, 2 PIMs & 6 shots... not bad on a night when he was demoted off of the top line as he played with Stoll & Williams on L2. Smyth is always a decent fantasy option as long as he stays healthy, he's averaged 69 games over the past five seasons so as long as you're prepared for him to miss 10-15 games then he's useful.
Taking over Smyth's spot on the top line with Kopitar & Brown was Andrei Loktionov... this was the rookie's first game of the year and he immediately stepped onto the top line with 17 minutes of ice-time. The Kings really like this kid, as he's a smart & crafty player (in the Igor Larionov mold) so look for them to give him a chance to impress. He's ranked #100 in our fantasy prospect rankings.
Challenging Smyth for fantasy line of the night honours was David Jones as the Avs winger had 2+1=3, plus-3 & 5 shots. Jones was banging on the door of fantasy relevance last year with 10+6=16 in 23 games before suffering a knee injury that ended his season. He's been prone to injuries and not just the nagging ones, this guy has come down with the season ending type in each of the past two seasons. But one of these years he'll probably avoid the injury bug and put together a decent season, maybe this is it... if you're the gambling type then give him a look.
Peter Budaj got the start for the Avs last night and stopped 24 of 28 to pull out the victory over the Wings. A good sign for him that he's getting a start in the third game of the year as he only started 11 games all of last season. Coach Sacco has said that he wants to play Budaj more this year to give Anderson some rest and while we'll believe it when we see it, this is a good start. Budaj wasn't terrible last year (.917 sv%) and so if he does see more action he could be worth a look.
Thomas Greiss cleared waivers and was assigned to the Sharks AHL affiliate in Worcester... a little surprised that nobody took a chance on him but we've never really been that impressed by this guy as his AHL numbers we're nothing fantastic.
James Wisniewski & Niklas Hjalmarsson were both suspended for two games for totally different reasons (of which I'm sure you're aware) so you'll be without their services for a pair.