NHL Power Plays – November 21st
Spread out slates can be a pain for everyone but this Monday is a medium sized night. The goal of this article is to highlight and summarize the potential plays so we can focus our salary cap resources on a specific set of players.
Monday features seven games. Let’s take a quick look back at last night’s games then reveal some of our power plays for the slate.
What Went Wrong?
Unfortunately, the life of variance leads to some crazy things. The first thing was all the low scoring games on Sunday. Four of the five games were 3-2 finals and the other one was 3-1. If anyone remembers all those high scoring contests early on, that seems to have faded a tiny bit. The Capitals and Rangers unexpectedly lost at home late. Then there were the Anaheim Ducks who thought it was a 10:00 pm ET start against Los Angeles. It was just that kind of night for daily fantasy hockey players.
What Went Right?
Simply it was Columbus once more. Alex Wennberg and Nick Foligno struck for multiple points once again. Then there was Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty combining on two of the three goals for Los Angeles. Even Peter Budaj turned out to be a nice little pick as he stopped 28 of 30 shots in the Kings win. Cam Ward continued his hot November with yet another win while Carolina put up 40 shots on Winnipeg. If you picked on the Winnipeg penalty kill then surely they helped on Sunday night with those two power play tallies. Let’s look at Monday’s schedule to see what it may bring.
Monday November 21st
The blue color designates on the back end of a back to back.
Today’s Power Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)
Eric Staal – $6000- MIN vs DAL
Staal is a good GPP play in a nice spot against a volatile Dallas squad. Dallas gives up more daily fantasy points to first line centers than any team in the league. If Staal-Parise-Granlund is a thing on Monday, that may be more than enough speed to drive Dallas completely bonkers. The center had a dud against Colorado but then again all of Minnesota did in that third period. Pace wise this should be a better game for the top line.
Val Filippula — $3700- TAM vs NSH
Filppula is a fun and easy value play in tournaments on Monday. People can spend up a tiny bit for Vladislav Namestikov if they want a little more goal potential. However, the Tampa center has eight points in his last nine games. His shot volume is low at about 1.2 shots per game but he always seems to be setting up players for chances. The pivot has a decent shot too when he chooses to hit the net. Nashville can be stingy but every so often they give up a few at home.
Drake Caggiula – $2600- EDM vs CHI
Caggiula has to be considered a great punt/value play because of his low price and clear display of speed in his debut. He did not look lost out there in his 12+ minutes of play. Do not be surprised if he sneaks in a little bit of power play time along the way. This is a player in college who had 51 points in a 39 game season. Chicago’s depth players and defensemen are a little bit below average and the rookie forward could take advantage of that.
Adam Henrique – $4200- NJD vs SJS
Henrique is high risk GPP yet low price option on Monday night. He may be even better on those late slates for salary relief because of his slight price drop. The New Jersey Devils power play is 0 for 26 in their last eight games and the center only played 12 ½ minutes on Saturday. He should be well rested and raring to go after that benching. The risk with New Jersey is no one is sure where the offense may come from.
Sam Gagner — $4200- CBJ vs COL
Gagner is still an underpriced forward which makes him a good tournament play. The right winger is in a great spot with Columbus because he is sheltered offensively and allowed to just create. He has points in five straight games and gets just enough power play time to make an impact. Colorado’s depth players may have a tough time in keeping up with him because Gagner still has speed to burn and his hands are still good.
Joe Pavelski — $6900- SJS vs NJD
Pavelski has a great match-up and is a potential late night hammer in GPP’s. New Jersey could not contain the Jeff Carter line on Saturday and were woefully out possessed and chanced. The same may happen on a slightly lesser scale on Monday. It is part of why New Jersey is starting Keith Kinkaid. That change worked last year in San Jose but teams do adjust. The winger had seven shots and a goal on Saturday after a mini slump output wise.
James Neal — $6300- NSH vs TAM
Neal is again a GPP play and an even better cash idea on Monday. All he does is score goals lately as the winger has goals in six of his last seven games. Nashville’s leading goal scorer was held off the box score on Saturday but that shot and chance output is approaching almost four a night! There is the fact that he has been double shifted often to create offense. He is also taking less minors this season which has helped. The more he is on the ice means the more damage Neal can do.
Jesse Puljujarvi — $4300- EDM vs CHI
Puljujarvi has good point potential on Monday and will have potential upside because he plays with Connor McDavid. It really is that simple. Edmonton is in a spot of strength here as Chicago often plays very loose on defense against the speedy Oilers. Speed and agility has to be paired with speed and agility. Few players have that in the league like McDavid. The right winger may also get some more power play time and last line change will help lead to a few more opportunities.
Kris Letang — $6900- PIT vs NYR
Letang is becoming more and more of a safe cash and GPP option despite his price slowly increasing. He has a point a game over his last nine contests and is racking up some shots (five in his last game). Pittsburgh likes to play a higher octane style and even when they slow down a little, the defenseman is playing his game at an elevated level. Throw out that Washington game and the last couple weeks have seen a power play quarterback looking every bit his part. More than that, the Rangers are on the back end of a back to back after playing a Florida team that caused them to be on their heels late. It is all about acceleration for Letang and the Penguins.
Zach Werenski — $5700- CBJ vs COL
Werenski has nice point potential and makes a solid GPP option because not many will be on him with this slate. He shows few signs of slowing down and is racking up almost 4:00 a night on the league’s leading power play. His shots per game has slid back down a bit but overall that is not too concerning as it is likely to tick up a bit again. Even at 5 on 5, Werenski has adapted well even without Seth Jones accompanying him. Colorado will allow shots and as John Tortorella has said…”safe is death”.
Taylor Fedun — $2700- BUF vs CGY
Fedun is easily a value play that can just be used wherever one needs salary relief on Monday night. His two games have shown him to be a good puck moving asset on the power play. However, his ice time is being limited to near 15 minutes or so. Calgary presents a good match-up because they have the worst special teams percentage in the entire league. Buffalo may be in their best spot in weeks as the Flames come off the high of stealing two points in Detroit on Sunday.
Pekka Rinne — $7300- NSH vs TAM
This is a more likely cash play but some are going to try this as a moderate risk GPP attempt. Rinne’s price on DraftKings is incredible yet everywhere else he is much higher. Keep that in mind. His numbers have been fire with a 4-1-1 record and a .953 save percentage. The goalie’s splits at home in all phases are among any of the elite netminders. Tampa Bay will test Rinne early and often and this could be a high event game if both teams are on it early.
Martin Jones – $8200- SJS vs NJD
Jones is undoubtedly the most difficult choice to make on the night as far as cash lineups. He has upside with a much better goals against at home but even there, the goalie has seen less than 25 shots per 60. New Jersey went to sleep for 40 minutes against Los Angeles on Saturday and that is the chief concern. Do the Devils come out with the shot urgency they have most of the year or do we see them go lifeless again? Likely it will be a bit of a mix and chances should go both ways even if this is more low event than expected. Keith Kinkaid is going to be a huge contrarian play because of the uncertainty.
There will be lots more on Twitter as always. Do not be afraid to ask the tough or the easy questions. You can follow me @ChrisWasselDFS and good luck tonight! More picks and even stacks will be available in the chatroom today so keep an eye out for that.