Saturday Picks makes its return and looks at some intriguing matchups in the opening week.
Welcome back everyone! It's like going back to school when you were a little kid, you couldn't wait to get back and see all of your friends… in this case for most of us in keeper leagues, we can't wait to get back and see how our teams, with all of our off season acquisitions, are going to pan out this year. I apologize for the lack of depth and briefness of the picks this week. Short notice, lack of a sample size this season, preparing for a my 2-year-old son's birthday party, and typing one handed with a 12 week old in my lap make it a little difficult. We're also pumped to see who our kids will be cheering for this season (my wife is a Leafs fan) and the Avs and Leafs face off this Tuesday. Anyways, no more excuses, and on to the games!
Lightning @ Blackhawks
The Lightning have won the last three matchups in this series, but the Hawks looked impressive in coming back from behind against the Capitals. The top two scorers from the NHL last season were shutout in their season debut, so look for Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos to comeback with a vengeance. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have combined for 21 points versus Tampa Bay in the last 6 games, and if Lindback (4.01 GAA in 3 career starts) gets the nod, we could see more of the same.
Pick: H – Chicago
Oilers @ Canucks
Both teams look to avoid starting the season 0-2, if the Oilers fail to do so it will be the first time in the last 15 years the franchise has failed to secure a victory before the third game of the season. The Canucks meanwhile got manhandled by the Sharks, again. New season, new coach, same result. Luckily they're 9-1-1 in their last 11 at the Rogers Arena. Despite allowing five goals in the opener, the Oilers should look to go back to Devan Dubnyk as he posted a 3-0-1 record with a 1.68 GAA versus the Canucks last season.
Pick: V – Edmonton
Panthers @ Blues