Ramblings: Flames’ First Line, Panthers’ Power Play, Results of my Autopick Experiment (Sept 30)

Ian Gooding

2018-09-30


Flames’ First Line, Panthers’ Power Play, Results of my Autopick Experiment

One popular offseason debate has been which new Flames’ acquisition – Elias Lindholm or James Neal – will see top-line minutes with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. The answer, according to the Calgary Sun, is both. What do you mean the Flames should make up their minds? Don’t you know by following the Frozen Pool line combinations that teams line juggle all the time? The article describes in which situations Lindholm and Neal will likely be deployed.

Personally, I think it would be better for the Flames to put Lindholm there, as he has more to offer overall (at least that’s what I concluded from reading the article). Hopefully I’m not just saying that because I drafted Lindholm (see below). In fairness, Neal is more of the pure, proven goal scorer. However, Lindholm seems to be better in matchups and faceoffs, and he’s the only right-handed shot of the four forwards mentioned here. But at just 18 percent ownership compared to the 56 percent ownership of Neal, Lindholm needs to be owned in more fantasy leagues.  

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Some news to keep an eye on, for more than one reason: Keith Yandle left Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury. Panthers coach Bob Boughner said he “hopes” to have him for the season opener, for what that’s worth. The Panthers’ season opener isn’t until Saturday, so Yandle will potentially have a week to rest whatever it is, assuming it’s not serious.

While I was looking up the Yandle information, I found this little tidbit on the Panthers’ power play after Yandle left:
 


Yes, a five-forward power play. That would eliminate some of the worry that