Ramblings: Tkachuk Update, Line Combinations, Last Night’s Games, and Predictions – October 5

Michael Clifford



It was out first full slate of the NHL season and there were a lot of crucial lineup notes to important fantasy options that we’ll get to. Let’s not waste time.

The Hurricanes changed their lineup often through the preseason and that continued into their first game of the regular season. Micheal Ferland was skating alongside Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, Jordan Staal centred Warren Foegele and Justin Williams, Martin Necas was on the third line with Andre Svechnikov on the fourth. Justin Faulk was still running the top PP unit with Dougie Hamilton rotating the second unit QB role with Jaccob Slavin.

In short, unless you’re a Ferland or Faulk owner, this is a fantasy disaster.

We’ll see how long this plan sticks. For now, Svechnikov and Hamilton owners are likely to be frustrated.


Speaking of Carolina, new coach, same results as they outshot the Islanders 46-20 in Carolina’s home opener but lost 2-1 in overtime. The game-winner was scored by Josh Bailey, who was iffy to even play with lower-back tightness. It’s a good thing he did.

As far as the power play goes, Hamilton played a grand total of 25 seconds with the man advantage. Faulk finished a shade under four minutes with Slavin a shade over two minutes. Things can (and probably will) change, but as mentioned above, this will be frustrating for Hamilton owners for now.


Brady Tkachuk was in a non-contact jersey yesterday and missed the Ottawa’s season opener against Chicago. He said he is hopeful for Saturday however with a groin issue. As mentioned yesterday, this doesn’t seem to be a long-term issue with which to be concerned, just a couple of games to start the year. Take a breath, keeper and dynasty league owners.


Another overtime game saw Tkachuk’s Senators fall to Chicago 4-3. Patrick Kane picked up the overtime tally, his second point of the night. Alex DeBrincat scored Chicago’s first goal of the