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The Edmonton Oilers found themselves on the short end of a killer first period by the San Jose Sharks in one of the nine games played Tuesday night. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk was shelled by the Sharks to the tune of 17 shots and six goals against in the first 20 minutes. Not surprisingly, the Oilers lost 6-3. Patrick Marleau posted his second consecutive two-goal game while Logan Couture struck twice for the Sharks. Joe Thornton added three assists in the win.

Let’s take a look at the other eight games that were a little lower scoring.

Winnipeg picked up a road win over winless Washington 4-2. Tobias Enstrom picked up three assists in the win. Nicklas Backstrom had a pair of assists in the losing effort and Alexander Ovechkin picked up his first point of the season, also with an assist.

Tampa Bay knocked off Carolina 4-1 behind a 35-save effort from Matthieu Garon. Vincent Lecavalier had a pair of first-period assists. Cam Ward continues to struggle in goal for Carolina allowing his second straight four-goal game.

Michael Ryder scored both goals for Dallas as they edged Detroit 2-1. Kari Lehtonen stopped 39 shots but allowed Damien Brunner to score for Detroit in the final four seconds to lose his shutout at the end.

Andrei Markov scored a pair of power-play goals to lead Montreal to a 4-1 win over Florida.

The Devils blanked the Flyers 3-0 behind Martin Brodeur’s 24-save performance. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia continues to stumble out of the gate at 0-3.

Martin Erat’s goal at 11:45 of the third period was the winner as Nashville knocked off Minnesota 3-1.

Chicago had three different goal scorers as they knocked off St. Louis 3-2 and improved to 3-0 this season.

The Colorado Avalanche scored three goals in a seven-minute span of the third period to down LA 3-1. Gabriel Landskog picked up his first tally of the year in the Colorado home opener.

Multiple Goal Scorers

Ryder-DAL; Markov-MTL; Couture-SJ; Marleau-SJ (consecutive games with two goals)

Three Stars of the Night

1. Ryder   Scored both goals in the win over the Red Wings.

2. Brodeur  Stopped 24 shots for his 120th NHL shutout.

3. Enstrom  Picked up helpers on three of the four Winnipeg goals.

Wednesday’s Schedule (all times ET)

Toronto at Pittsburgh 7pm  How can the Leafs slow down the Pens’ top line?

Boston at NY Rangers 730pm Will Henrik Lundqvist rebound from a slow start?

Calagry at Vancouver 10pm Another battle between Western Canadian rivals.

Columbus at Phoenix 10pm Will Mike Smith rebound from his slow start?

Note: Wednesdays are usually the lightest day of the NHL week with no more than five games being played on any Wednesday this season. Keep that in mind especially if you play in leagues with limits on games played.

  1. Bob says:
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    8-teamer. Roto. 15 max pickups on the year, but IR pickups don’t count against the max if you drop the same player you picked up when your guy comes off the IR.
    Stats counted for skaters: G (not good so far), A, P, +/- (huge weakness), PIM (also a weakness), PPP, GWG, SOG

    Roster: 8 forwards, 4 defensemen, 2 goalies, 6 bench spots.

    F- Daniel Sedin
    F- John Tavares
    F – Nicklas Backstrom
    F – Anze Kopitar
    F – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
    F – Jarome Iginla
    F- Jordan Staal
    F – Teemu Selanne
    F – Tyler Ennis
    F – Tomas Fleischmann
    F – Nail Yakupov
    F – Damien Brunner
    F – Jonathan Huberdeau
    D – Dustin Byfuglien
    D – Ryan Suter
    D – Tobias Enstrom
    D – Jack Johnson
    D – Christian Ehrhoff
    G – Jaroslav Halak
    G – Semyon Varlamov
    G – Craig Anderson

    As you can see, I have 21 players on a 20 man roster. I had Kopi on the IR and picked up Huberdeau to replace him, but now that Kopi is back, I need to get him back in the lineup. Dropping Huberdeau wouldn’t count against my moves and I’d have 14 left (1st one was dropping Kreider for Brunner). I don’t know whether to drop Huberdeau though, and for obvious reasons given the first game.

    So my question is, who should I drop to get Kopi off the IR?
    – Huberdeau? Ennis? Fleischmann? Brunner? Yakupov?
    Also, Cory Conacher is available as a free agent. Hell of a start with the bolts, and that team obviously should have no problems putting goals on the board. I was thinking of dropping Ennis to get Kopi off the IR and dropping Fleischmann for Conacher. Am I just going too crazy over the rooks here? (So wish I had Tarasenko!!!)

    Also, I have #1 waiver priority and Justin Schultz was just dropped. Would it be wise to use my #1 waiver on Schultz, and who should I drop for him (Johnson or Ehrhoff seem the best options).

    Would appreciate any and all input on this stuff. Love the razzball for baseball, but new to the hockey side. Thanks.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Bob: Well…..here’s some thoughts on this situation.

      Keep in mind you only have 14 moves left and 95 days to go. In an 8-team league, there’s plenty of talent to go around. I’d drop Huberdeau solely to preserve the add/drop later in the season.

      I would hold the #1 WW priority for when someone truly good happens to get dropped. I used this technique in football this season and was able to pick up a certain QB named Peyton Manning when another owner threw in the towel on him in week two. (That team went 9-4 and won the regular season title but lost in the semis.)

      Try not to go all crazy over rookies unless you know someone else also wants them and you want to beat them to the punch. Then try a sign-and-trade with them to give them the rookie they value and get something established in return.

      • Bob says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier:

        Ya, I figured dropping Huberdeau is the way to go. Should never have drafted Kreider in the first place, but Rangers fan needs at least one homer pick, right? Haha.

        As for the Schultz situation, I know at least 3 people who are basically chomping at the bit to get him. So dropping Johnson or Ehrhoff and flipping Schultz is what I was thinking about doing.

        Appreciate the input. Looking like razzball is going to take me to the promised land, just like in baseball and football!

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Bob:

          Exactly right, get Schultz and flip him over for something good. I’d lean a little more towards Ehrhoff but consider you’re essentially dropping a lower defenseman for whatever you can snag in a trade.

  2. nightpandas says:
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    1)drop Wheeler for Oshie? 10 team league…

    2) what are your thoughts on Grigorenko for this year? Picked him with my last pick in a 15team 7 keeper league

    • Bob says:
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      @nightpandas:

      Not a pert, but I would definitely pick up Oshie. He’s poised and the Blues are for real. Talent is even better than last year. Don’t even know how he’s available in a 10 teamer, lol.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @nightpandas:

      I’ve never really liked Wheeler. I’d take Oshie over him. Wheeler has been over 45 points in a season once while Oshie has done that twice in the NHL. I also think since the Blues are reportedly running with THREE power play units he’s going to get an extended amount of time on the PP. Oshie is on the way up; I’m not so sure about Wheeler going that way.

      As for Grigorenko, let’s assume he stays up with the big club after the fifth game. I like him to be that guy who gets to the front of the net on the power play and create trouble in a good way. His shot is rather strong and can be an offensive leader.

      If you got him as a keeper, hang on to him as long as possible. For this season, I think he’ll get 12-15 goals and create plenty of chances on the power play.

  3. The Rookie says:
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    Andrew, hockey newbie here in need of advice. Here’s my team:
    C: Stamkos,Kopitar
    LW:Hartnell,Kane,Doan
    RW:Iginla,Simmonds,J.Williams,Tarasenko
    D:Subban,Burns,Niskanen,Bieksa,Kronwall
    G: Howard,Luongo
    I was thinking about picking up Conacher, good move? Any wisdom would be appreciated!

    • Bob says:
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      @The Rookie:

      Hartnell heading for the IR. You’ll have room there to pick someone up.

      Subban is still not under contract, but I don’t know if there’s any timetable for the return, so can’t say one way or another.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @The Rookie: Alright, rookie, here’s what I got.

      I’d keep it together with what you have now. We’ve seen too many guys get off to good starts and not sustain it.

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