The first night of the 2013 fantasy hockey season was one for the record books. In the three games last night, there was an incredible 26 goals scored. It seemed like everyone got in on the action and fantasy fans with anyone playing last night certainly walked away with some points. To keep the theme going, here are my three bold predictions for the second night of the 2013 season.
1. Colorado & Anaheim Will Combine For Three Goals or Less
Neither team is an offensive powerhouse, and neither team has much talent after their second lines. If ever there was a game to take the under, I would predict that this is the game. Teams often have problems scoring in the first couple games and it will show in Wednesday’s late game.
2. C Claude Giroux Will Collect Two Points
Giroux is without a doubt the leader of Philadelphia’s offense and he will once again show why on opening night. The center will likely open the season with Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek on the wings and the team’s top line will give Toronto problems all night long. I fully expect Giroux to rack up at least two points in Philly’s first game of the year.
3. Goaltender Ryan Miller Will Save Over 42 Shots
Over the last several seasons, Miller has seen more shots than any other goaltender in hockey. He stopped a NHL-best 1,162 shots last season and will likely see a peppering of shots this season as well. Considering that he will be facing off against the uber-aggressive Red Wings, Miller should be forced to open the year with his first 40-plus save effort of the season.