NHL Power Plays 11/28/16

Short slates can be a bit of a pain for everyone. 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.

There are just two games on Monday. Let’s take a quick look back at last night’s games so we can then look ahead.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, late goalie confirmations stink and no one likes that. That is the perils of this business sometimes. Add in the insult of the Rangers trap game against the Senators and that made people feel a little lighter in the wallet. Chad Johnson played kind of like Brian Elliott in net which puts today’s starter into question also. There was also that promising Florida start where they went up 2-0 and then crashed badly. Hell, that was a coach killer no one saw coming. Right?

What Went Right?

Hey, it was just one of those nights where what we deemed chalk, played well. Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds both had a goal and assist each in the 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. The Carolina goalie turned out to be a good play after a slight delay. It was just that Michael Leighton was in net and not Cam Ward. Craig Anderson was the best contrarian play of the night as he shut out the Rangers at MSG. If anyone saw that coming, congratulations! Let’s get on to tonight’s very short slate.

The Schedule For Monday, November 28, 2016

AwayHomeTime (ET)
CalgaryNY Islanders7:00 PM
DallasSt. Louis8:00 PM

Back end of a back to back


Calgary Flames @ New York Islanders

Thomas Greiss vs. Calgary Flames

Greiss is an upside tournament play because of the opponent more than anything else in Calgary. The Anaheim start was great but the San Jose game left us hanging a little. Greiss is CONFIRMED in net for tonight’s game and the Islanders are desperate to win and they do that at home better than on the road. The Flames are over .500 on the road but last night’s game might be the start of a correction of sorts.

Brian Elliott vs. NY Islanders

Elliott is a high risk GPP play with tiny upside IF he is the starter. The dilemma is nothing has been CONFIRMED yet so this will be updated via social media. Calgary got caught up playing a fast tempo game against Philadelphia and paid for it dearly. The blueprint is clear for the Islanders but that is only if they can execute it. Lately, they have scored a mere eight goals in their last five games which suggests more of the same or a possible breakout.


Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues

Jake Allen vs. Dallas Stars

Allen is more of a tournament option tonight. Cash on two game slates is almost not worth it unless you have a lucky horseshoe somewhere. The goalie held on for another win against Minnesota giving him five straight wins. Minnesota did show a propensity to score when Allen was scrambling out of position. Dallas can be one of the most baffling teams to gauge so Allen may face a high or low volume of shots. There is little in between. St. Louis is 9-1-1-1 at home by the way.

Antti Niemi vs. St. Louis Blues

Niemi is a high risk contrarian tournament play. The Dallas goalie is not CONFIRMED yet. He was much better against the Wild and Canucks stopping 57 of 60 shots. He has just been so hit or miss on the year so far. The goalie does have a 5-2-2 record on the year but Dallas leaves him out to dry even in wins sometimes. This is a Stars team that allows four goals a game on the road. Simply, it becomes a guessing game and not an easy one. Now we have just a few quick plays. Again, more will be available later in the afternoon.


Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)


Paul Stastny – $4600- STL vs DAL 

Stastny is a risky GPP choice on Monday because St. Louis plays such a balanced and low scoring game at home that no one knows where the thrust of the offense may come from. However, his price is just reasonable enough that it allows to mix in a couple chalky (higher owned) players more easily. Dallas allows the most daily fantasy points in the league to centers.

Radek Faksa  — $3600- DAL vs STL

Faksa is a value GPP play on Sunday as his price is cheap and his role is greater than people think. He may not shoot a lot all the time but that spike in ice time is hopefully an indicator of things to come. He is quietly averaging 2.75 shots per game in his last four contests as the forward has been given the green light to shoot more. His two way game also gives him a chance to block a few shots as well.


Jaden Schwartz — $5800- STL vs DAL

Schwartz is almost a plug and play in GPP’s tonight. What do we mean by this? Simply, he just has to be in most or all of your lineups as he has 11 points in his last ten games and that includes seven goals! The winger is as shifty as they come and has one of the best wrist shots in the league. Even if the game is a little slow from a shots standpoint, Schwartz will get chances. It is just a question if he can bury them or help them go in the net. His linemate, David Perron, is even more reasonably priced at $4200 and a hint to stack.

Matthew Tkachuk — $4500- CGY vs NYI

Tkachuk makes for an intriguing contrarian play and really that whole second line for Calgary does in one form or another. They make life miserable for opponents and create chances in all situations – including the penalty kill. The Islanders are a team that can look lazy on the power play and guys like Tkachuk can make them pay. Michael Frolik is a viable mini stack option if one is looking for something different on Monday night.


Alex Pietrangelo — $5200- STL vs DAL

Pietrangelo is a steady GPP play for tonight as he averages right about $1500 per daily fantasy point this year. That is what we consider to be excellent for his value. Since he has done that for his last ten games and has a good match-up against Dallas, he is recommended. The defenseman also has a nice floor where he is blocking over two shots a game while shooting three times a night. Kevin Shattenkirk is a little higher risk but high reward. Nick Leddy for the Islanders is another high risk play also.



Thomas Greiss — $7700- NYI vs CGY

This is the hardest decision because both home goalies are chalk but Greiss is the more interesting GPP play because the Islanders give up so many shots to anyone. If the goalie plays like he did against Anaheim, there is a very high chance he gets a win out of this. See above.


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 today and tonight!