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NHL news, notes and lineup changes

Nolan Kelly

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NHL DFS rankings from the world's #1 player. The best daily fantasy hockey picks based on Awesemo's projections for DraftKings & FanDuel

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Go get some Molsons and crank up The Boys Are Back in Town, cause the best part of the yearly sports calendar starts today. At Awesemo.com we’ve got some unique NHL content coming up this year, with a focus on projections, ownership and late news and notes, in the hopes that we can make this site your one-stop shop for NHL DFS. Jake Hari and Jeff Votts  have you covered with articles featuring highlighted lines and skaters, as well as slate breakdowns on our slackchat.

Let’s dig in.

One of the keys to winning at NHL DFS is staying up to date on line changes throughout the day – after we get news from morning skates and line rushes, right before games.

For morning skates, obviously the information comes out early, and that mitigates the advantage it creates. But occasionally a long-standing combo will be broken up, and the casual DFSer will simply click “Benn-Seguin-Radulov,” not realizing that they’d been separated earlier that day.

And the pre-game line rushes can give you a huge advantage over your DFS peers. I have won and lost tournaments based on switching out a late scratch or putting in an injured player who ended up playing that night.

In fact, something similar happened last year, right after Awesemo.com launched. I remember MMEing a GPP, then heading out after puck drop to grab a six pack and coming back at roughly 5:38 PST to find out that Mattias Janmark was a late scratch for the Stars which led to a re-uniting of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Awesemo got the switch in and won all the monies. I did not, and spent the evening downing PBRs and crying in my underwear.

One other small tip: sites like Daily Faceoff and LW Lock are amazing for up-to-date line combinations. But, occasionally they make mistakes or fail to update in time. Actually getting the news from the horse’s mouth can provide you with better real-time information. I’ve created an up-to-date beat writer’s list on Twitter, which I’ll be working on over the next couple days, as team’s play their first games. Feel free to follow along.

So check in here as things progress throughout the day and we will do our best to update it in real-time. Also if we’re ever missing anything, feel free to help us out, add a comment below and we will get it in!

Tonight’s action

There obviously aren’t any changes from previous action, given it’s the first day of the season. We’ve been relying on some expected lines from late preseason games and practices, and right now it’s shaping up like most of what’s been posted over the past few days is current.

New(ish) lines

  • Capitals: Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Brett Connolly (Tom Wilson suspension)
  • Ducks: Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Troy Terry (Corey Perry injury)
  • Flames: Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Elias Lindholm (all three on PP1 as well)

PP additions/subtractions

  • Matt Grzelcyk is skating on the Bruins top powerplay unit with Torey Krug out.
  • With Shea Weber out, will Jeff Petry quarterback the Habs PP1.
  • Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns QBing together (god help us all) (This isn’t really news. I just can’t believe it’s happening). Evander Kane not on PP1.

Late scratches:

Karl Alzner (623 game iron-man streak ENDS)

Tomas Plekanec

Injuries:

Ondrej Kase

Ryan Kesler

Torey Krug

Shea Weber

Jake Virtanen (questionable)

Matthew Tkachuk

Overpaid Hot Garbage (Loui Erksson) – Currently likely to play. Has O beside his name on DK.

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William Nylander

 

I've been obsessed with fantasy sports since as long as I can remember. Back in 1993, while seated in the last row of Mr. MacMillan's math class, I'm fairly certain a few buddies of mine and I invented daily fantasy sports -- popping down our fivers and using nothing more than a newspaper box score, we'd make our NHL player picks for the night's action. Twenty years later I started out playing DFS on DraftStreet, when three-max tourneys with 490 people were a big deal, and I've been hooked ever since. More than anything, I'm interested in using my technical writing skills to articulate and clarify our content in order to help you become a better fantasy sports players player. Armed with Awesemo's grades and the projections from our experts, we're here to help you take the next step. You can contact me by emailing [email protected].

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