NHL Power Plays 1/12/17

Thursdays are usually nice sized slates for NHL, and tonight is no different.  We got a nice nine game slate tonight, which in my opinion is about the perfect number of games.  The NHL has condensed their schedule this year because of the new expansion team the Vegas Golden Knights.  Earlier in the year we were having 11 and 12 game slates, which are massive and it seemed as there was almost too much to digest.  There are two teams playing on a back to back tonight and that it the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens.  Let’s dig into the slate and see if we can find you some players that will help you take down that Big GPP tonight. Good luck Vicesquad!

 

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The Schedule For Thursday January 12th, 2017

AWAYHOMETIME
VancouverPhiladelphia7:00 PM
BuffaloTampa Bay7:30 PM
PittsburghOttawa7:30 PM
BostonNashville8:00 PM
Montreal*Minnesota8:00 PM
DetroitDallas8:30 PM
AnaheimColorado9:00 PM
New JerseyEdmonton9:00 PM
St LouisLos Angeles10:30 PM

Back end of a back to back

Third game in four nights *

 

CENTERS

 

Patrice Bergeron – BOS @ NSH – $6,100

Bergeron is still too cheap on Draftkings and he will make my write ups until he is priced accordingly. Bergeron is finally back to his old self shooting the puck a ton.  He ranks third in the league with 3.76 shots on goal per game, and at that price he is a steal.  Bergeron logs over 20 minutes a game and is leaned on heavily on the power play also.  In the last four games, Bergeron has 24 shots on net.

 

Connor McDavid – EDM @ NJ – $8,100

McDavid just played the Devils a couple days ago and the although the final score was 2-1 in the Oilers favor, Edmonton had 43 shots on net and McDavid had eight of them.  McDavid is still leading the league in points and assists and he is a lock for a point per game.  Now that Leon Draisaitl is on his line, you can expect even more offense.  Edmonton is not a good team but they are a great top line to target in DFS.  New Jersey is the 22nd ranked team in goals against as they are giving up 2.9 goals per game, and they are also the 24th ranked team in shots against per game giving up 31.3 shots per game.

 

Ryan Kelser – ANH vs COL – $7,100

Colorado is a team that we pick on automatically as they are the worst team in goals against giving up 3.31 goals per game, the fifth worst team in shots against per game giving up 32.4 shots per game, and they have the fifth worst penalty kill in the league.  You need to take a stance on what line you want to dispatch tonight against the Avs, and I’m going with Kesler, and Jakob Silfverberg.  Kesler has seven points in his last ten games and he has been shooting the puck at a good clip, averaging about three shots or more per game.

 

 Brayden Schenn – PHI vs Van – $6,000

Schenn is riding a nice little three game point streak and his shot volumes have been solid for the past five games.  Not one team has shot the puck more than the Philadelphia Flyers in the month of January.  The Flyers are getting to the net early and often with an average of 39.4 shots on net per game.  Schenn also gets to play against other teams depth players which helps him achieve a higher shot total and he plays with Wayne Simmonds on even strength and the top power play unit.  The Canucks have been playing better hockey lately but they still are a team to attack as they rank 12th in goals against and they are a bottom 10 penalty kill team.

 

Ryan Orielly – BUF vs TB – $5,800

Orielly has multiple points in three games straight now.   He came back from an appendectomy after missing four games and has been playing great hockey.  He won’t shoot the lights out but he is a great offensive minded distributor and he logs huge minutes on the ice.  Tampa Bay has been in a rough patch in January as they are giving up 34.3 shots on net per game and they are also the worst team in goals against on average with 5.50 goals against.  Granted it’s only been 4 games in January but that is still an alarming number.

 

WINGERS

 

Tyler Seguin – DAL vs DET – $7,700

Seguin is quietly playing at a point per game clip and that seems low.  Dallas has not been the super high scoring team that we are used to because they have dealt with injury after injury, and their defense has suffered a lot from it.  Seguin is averaging over 3.55 shots on net per game this year and he has a decent spot tonight against the Red Wings, who are a middle of the pack team.  Both the Stars and Wings are under the 50% mark in Corsi For and Seguin should have plenty of opportunities tonight, as both teams also have sub par goalies.

 

Nikita Kucherov – TB @ BUF – $7,100

Tampa Bay has managed to change their lines yet once again and Tyler Johnson has moved down a couple lines, but that is still not deterring me from playing Kucherov as he is still shooting a ton.  Kucherov is averaging 3.17 shots on net per game, and what we really like about him is the power play duties.  Buffalo has the worst penalty kill in hockey and yes, Kucherov is leaned heavily on the extra man advantage.  I like him as a mini stack with Victor Hedman if you can fit it in.

 

 

Andreas Athanasiou – DET @ DAL – $4,100

Athanasiou keeps on proving his worth by adding points.  He started with the wings getting 10 minutes of ice time and he is now averaging just shy of 15 minutes,  and he also is seeing power play time with the second unit.  Dallas has been one of the worst defensive teams this year, as they have dealt with injuries also.  The stars penalty kill is the second worst in the league with a 74.3% kill rate, and they are also letting in over 3 goals per game.  This game could make for a great stack for the wings and it could also make for a sneaky game stack tonight.

 

Patrick Maroon – EDM @ NJ – $5,100

Maroon has seen a 1k price bump since a month ago, but it has been deserved as long as he plays on the top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.  Maroon has seen a massive increase in shots on net because of the open ice he is getting playing alongside two of the league elite players.  In the last four games he has 19 shots on net, and at 5k that’s a solid play.  Like I said earlier the last time these teams played the Oilers had 43 shots.

 

Tanner Pearson – LA vs STL – $5,200

Pearson has been playing solid hockey lately with eight points in his last ten games.  He has at least three shots in seven of his last eight games also.  St. Louis has a leaky defense at times and they have dismal on the road this year.  The blues are allowing 3.69 goals against on the road this year which is the worst in the league.  Pearson will be over looked tonight I think and he could be in a sneaky spot.

 

 

DEFENSEMAN

 

Kris Letang – PIT @ OTT – $6,300

Letang gave us worries of an illness last night, but he played 26 minutes.  He has a better matchup tonight against the Sens.  Letang is a steady shot producer and has a good offensive presence for the Penguins, as if they need any more right?  He also blocks a couple shots on a nightly basis, and mans the top power play unit.  He give you a great floor with some nice upside tonight.

 

Victor Hedman – TB vs BUF – $5,900

Hedman has 12 points in his last ten games, and he’s logging big minutes on the point for the Bolts.  He also quarterbacks the power play unit, where Buffalo is the worst in the league at killing penalties.  Hedman also doesn’t mind blocking shots and he should have a couple blocks tonight.

 

Oscar Klefbom- EDM @ NJ – $4,200

Klefbom only has three points in his last ten games, but I’m loving his shot volume.  He has 28 shots in his last ten, but he also had nine shots on net against the Devils last week.  Klefbom doesn’t get top power play minutes but he does see time on the second unit.  New Jersey’s goaltending has been suspect and I’m liking the Oilers tonight.

 

Dion Phaneuf – OTT vs PIT – $4,500

Phaneuf has been a steady producer of a couple shots on goal a night, with a couple blocks also.  Pittsburgh just had a physical game last night against the Caps and they have been giving goals up on the road this year.  The pens are averaging 3.28 goals against on the road and a hair shy of 31 shots on net.  Pittsburgh’s penalty kill on the road has also lacked as they are the fifth worst kill in the league with a 77% kill rate.

 

GOALIES

 

Goalies are a tough call tonight as there is not super lock matchup I’m loving. I’ll leave you with one I don’t mind for gpps if he does start though.

 

John Gibson – ANH vs COL – $8,000

Gibson should get enough offense tonight against the Avalanche who are very bad defensively in all the stats across the board.  The Avalanche are the lowest scoring team in the NHL also.  Gibson hasn’t been perfect but he has a .238GAA and a .913 save %