October 11, 2013 | 7:36pm ET
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com
As the 2013-14 NHL season gets into full swing, it's time for
fantasy hockey players to start micromanaging their rosters.
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With that in mind, here are a few players to consider from
each matchup this weekend:
Boston at Columbus: Marian Gaborik -- two years ago
when he was in the Eastern Conference, Gaborik scored four
goals in four games against the Bruins. He has five points in
three games to start this season, so bank on Gaborik today.
Edmonton at Toronto: James van Riemsdyk -- with three
goals in five games, JvR is off to a solid start and is
filling the stat sheet in key fantasy categories; he already
has one game-winning goal and two points on the power play. He
could have a big night at home against the Oilers.
Philadelphia at Detroit: Henrik Zetterberg -- with the
injuries up front for the Flyers, Detroit’s magicians
(Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk) could be in line for a big
game. Zetterberg has only three points in four games to begin
the season, but could have a multi-point effort tonight.
Pittsburgh at Tampa: Matt Carle -- you need defensemen
on your DraftStreet roster, and tonight’s matchup sets up well
for Carle. He has three assists in four games to start the
year, and the game in Florida could be a high scoring affair.
Colorado at Washington: PA Parenteau – after leading
the Avs last year, Parenteau is off to a strong start this
year with three goals in four games. There are a number of
right wings that have started the season well, but Parenteau
could be a strong sleeper against the Caps tonight.
Rangers at St. Louis: Alex Pietrangelo -- the Blues
scored a big win over the Blackhawks already this season, and
their defense has been key to their strong start. Pietrangelo
is not only playing well in front of his own net, but he also
has five assists in only three games. With no Rick Nash for
New York, Pietrangelo could look to impact the offense more
for the Blues.
Islanders at Nashville: John Tavares -- he lost a tooth
and a hockey game in Chicago last night, and the Isles will
look to bounce back in a big away against the young Preds.
Look for a better game from Matt Moulson, who was in the room
for the birth of his son on Friday morning before flying to
Chicago. More from Moulson could open the door for a big night
Dallas at Minnesota: Tyler Seguin -- simply a case of
riding the hot hand here. Seguin had two goals and two assists
in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg on Friday night, and now gets a
Minnesota defense that’s allowing over 31 shots and 2.50 goals
per game to open the season.
Buffalo at Chicago: Duncan Keith -- it’s hard to buy a
big-minute defenseman on the second night of back-to-backs,
but Keith had two assists against the Islanders last night and
the Sabres have issues. There could be two or three Blackhawks
in your lineup tonight, but Keith is a smart bet on the blue
Montreal at Vancouver: Carey Price -- the Habs are
out-scoring opponents by a full goal per game to start the
year, and they’re travelling to a Vancouver squad that will be
without the suspended Alexander Edler. Look for a big night
from the Montreal offense, and a nice game from Price.
Ottawa at San Jose: Tomas Hertl -- because why not?
He’s the talk of the league and will face a Senators squad
that is allowing 36.3 shots per game (second-worst in the
league behind Buffalo). Just don’t ask Joe Thornton for goal
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