2021 Week 1 in Review - Teach me How to Dougie

Though this first week of fantasy is a little different than others (begins opening night Jan. 13 and goes all the way to Sunday, Jan. 24), we’re going to try and get out an article before each week starts.

For this strange season, I think it’s critical to have a look at team’s schedules going into the week. It’s no secret that some divisions are stronger/weaker than others, so there should be some great opportunities to take advantage of a light weekly schedule.

With this in mind, there should be some players on these teams that are worth starting or streaming each week. Let’s have a look at a few!

Carolina plays Detroit, Nashville, and Florida twice each.

START – Petr Mrazek, Dougie Hamilton

In this six game stretch, only one two game set for the Canes is a back-to-back (Nashville). With this in mind, I can see Mrazek playing at least four of these games, maybe even five depending on how his teammate James Reimer fairs in relief. Regardless, all six games are very winnable for Carolina.

Dougie is a must start as is, but the key here is the Power Play Points opportunity. All three of these opponents were in the bottom third of the league in PK%, and Carolina had a very solid power play last year. Dougie should be able to start off his season with a bang.

STREAM – Nino Niederreiter (6%owned Yahoo, 0.9%owned ESPN)

The former fifth overall pick was in much need of a change of scenery when Carolina acquired him in 2018-19. DailyFaceoff has Niederreiter skating on the top line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, in place of sniper Andrei Svechnikov. This promotion absolutely makes him a stream target for Week 1!

Minnesota plays LA, Anaheim, and San Jose twice each.

START – Cam Talbot, Zach Parise, Kevin Fiala

Not only will Talbot be the undisputed 1G this season with the injury to Alex Stalock, but he has one of the best defensive corps in hockey in front of him. Regardless of how much or hot little scoring punch they have up front, Minnesota doesn’t give up very many chances. Talbot is a very solid option for Week 1.

Speaking of little scoring punch they have up front, the scoring has to come from somewhere. Not every game will be 0-0! Parise has slowed down a touch from his days as an elite scorer but he still has too much goal upside to turn down. Fiala is coming off arguably being the second-half player of last season, and should be able to pick up where he left off.

STREAM – Marcus Johansson (2%owned Yahoo, 0.4%owned ESPN)

Johansson is currently slotted on Minnesota’s second line with Fiala and Nick Bonino. He is streamable in deeper leagues based on the fact that he’s playing with a player as dynamic as Fiala.

Vegas plays Arizona four times, and Anaheim twice

START – Max Pacioretty

In leagues where shots are counted, Pacioretty is as good as it gets this season. Pacioretty returned to his old form potting another 30 goals in 2019-20. Whether it’s Raanta or Kuemper between the pipes in those four Desert Bowl tilts, patches will find the net.

STREAM – Chandler Stephenson (2%owned Yahoo, 0.5%owned ESPN)

Stephenson has exceeded all expectations for the Golden Knights since coming over from Washington. Now, he has the opportunity to play C between goal machine Pacioretty and two-way machine Mark Stone. Because of his ownership, Stephenson is in my stream range for Week 1. If he pops off with this matchup, keep him on your roster!

Looking forward to the NHL season kick-off this week! If you have any questions about your recently drafted team, don’t hesitate to comment on this article or over at our discussion board!

We are also going to spice things up with some gambling picks! Given a few of the matchups on opening night, I am definitely putting money on some overs. All of the odds listed below are coming from Betway.


Vancouver @ Edmonton Over 5.5 Goals (-130)

Chicago @ Tampa Bay Over 6.5 Goals (+100)

Tampa Bay -1.5 over Chicago (+110)

If you are planning to gamble on the NHL this season, make sure you do so responsibly!

Take care,

FP Sven

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