The Carolina Hurricanes are looking for a second win to open up the season on top of the division. Here are the players who will help you pile up the points against your opponent in Fantasy.
The Carolina Hurricanes are going into the second game of the season with a perfect record so far after beating the Montreal Canadiens on opening night. Now they face the team which might be one of their biggest rivals of the season. That means leaning heavily on their strengths and taking advantage of a team that has played the night before.
So who should you start tonight against the Washington Capitals? There are a few obvious choices and a few sleepers that might help you get back a few points against your opponent and start off your first week of fantasy as strong as the Carolina Hurricanes have started their season.
The Capitals’ head coach Todd Reirdan, who some of you may remember from The Office, decided to call out Rod Brindamour for having words with Tom Wilson during the preseason bout. Rod, in classic Brindamour fashion, responded with a simple statement after calling out the statement as Hilarious:
"“I’ve always said if you’ve got an issue I’m 100 feet away. Come down and we can talk it out."
While Rod Brindamour and the Carolina Hurricanes may not be looking for a fight going into this game, the Washington Capitals sure seem to be. What I am trying to say is this game will be emotionally charged. And with games like this, expect there to be plenty of penalties. That means you should start some of the most lethal powerplay weapons. This means Martin Necas.
On opening night, Necas found the back of the net on the powerplay. Making him a powerplay goal per game player so far. While it is unrealistic to think that can keep up, the fact that he was third overall in powerplay time should have you licking your chops to put Necas into your lineup. For those looking for a good pick up off free agency, Necas will help give you an edge tonight.
There are a few Carolina Hurricanes who get under the Washington Capitals’ skin. Warren Foegele and Andrei Svechnikov come to mind. Both had altercations with Capitals players during the first round of the playoffs that resulted in a player forced to leave the game due to injury. But there is only one player that sealed the deal and ended their bid for a repeat championship: Brock McGinn.
No one is going to forget the save Brock made in game seven of the first round that forced the double overtime. Nor will they forget the goal that sent them to the second round. He certainly hasn’t. He followed that up with a preseason goal against the Capitals last week. I expect him to pick it up from there and continue to score against the Capitals tonight.
Not unlike Necas, McGinn is probably not in your lineup, yet. This is the time to grab him if you need that extra player. With 26 teams playing tonight, you may not need him. But it wouldn’t hurt to grab him if you do. The fifth year veteran is slowly working his way up the lines and even saw some time on the first line Thursday night. He is gaining coach’s confidence. He should gain yours too.
I told you to start Hamilton Thursday night against the Canadiens saying that he would have a multi-point game to kick off the season. Earning assists on both Necas’s powerplay goal and Erik Haula‘s equalizer he fulfilled my prophecy earning you some powerplay points as well. Enough with the “I told you so”, let move on to what role he will play tonight.
Even after proving to be an offensive powerhouse coming off the blue line, Hamilton still only saw 2:05 on the powerplay. Expect Rod Brindamour to expand his role on the powerplay further tonight. Just like how Necas has you excited about the PP points he will earn for you, Hamilton should do the same.
Expect another multi-point game from him tonight as he enters the very serious conversation about who should earn the Norris Trophy tonight. The Carolina Hurricanes know the powerplay has been a concern last season and look to do whatever it takes to drastically improve their numbers. That means Hamilton and Necas get more time to shine and find the back of the net.
As with all things Fantasy, these choices are only suggestions. That said, tonight is probably a good test to see how far your roster can go. These three will help take your roster a step further and help you take the lead or establish it further.
Question for CC Readers: Which Carolina Hurricanes are you starting tonight?