NHL Power Plays 1/15/17 

This week’s schedule has been different. 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 three games on Sunday’s main slate (no Philadelphia-Washington) so let’s get cracking on what happened last night then look forward to tonight. This will be fast.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the late hammer was only good if you had goalies and even then that was only a smaller hammer. San Jose lost 4-0 at home to St. Louis in a game where tons went wrong, Few, if any, expected a Carter Hutton shutout. Let’s be honest. Goaltending in the evening games was horrendous. Antti Niemi was yanked just a little after it started. Henrik Lundqvist gave up five goals on 22 shots after relieving an injured Antti Niemi. There were countless examples of poor goaltending and some lines just not getting in on the fun. Carolina’s top line did little, if anything, as the second and third lines ran wild on the New York Islanders (seven goals). It was something we hinted towards but no one expected that. Seven of the first nine games hit the over which led to elevated scores. That is usually not good.

What Went Right?

Hey, there was scoring! Like we said, Seven of the first nine games easily hit the over on a night where the offenses went a little overboard. It was something else as Brock McGinn led the charge for Carolina with four points. John Tavares nearly had a back to back hat trick. Nazem Kadri had two goals in a Toronto road win (7-0-2 on the road in their last nine). Vincent Trocheck had another multiple point night. We cannot forget that Jonathan Bernier was the easy play of the night in net and delivered with a 26 save shutout. If John Gibson had played, arguably the results would have been the same. The early part of the ten game main slate saw 54 goals scored. That is an average of almost eight combined per contest. Now, to the schedule…

 

The Schedule For Sunday, January 15, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Philadelphia*Washington1:00 PM
New Jersey*Vancouver7:00 PM
Minnesota*Chicago7:30 PM
St. Louis*Anaheim*9:00 PM
  • = Teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • = Third game in four nights *
  • = No teams coming off a bye week.
  • Red stripe means game not on main slate.

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is used)

Centers

Bo Horvat – $5000 / $5300- VAN vs NJ

Horvat is a worthy play in cash and GPP formats just because of his consistency. The center has become more of a distributor over the last nine games with six assists while averaging right around two shots a night. The center will likely go against the best offensive line New Jersey has but that line with Taylor Hall on it will allow chances because the parts are slower than Hall. New Jersey is on its third game in four nights and the center will likely have a few opportunities on the power play as well. There will be an inclination to pair Horvat with Sven Baertschi.

Ryan Kesler — $6900 / $7200- ANA vs STL

Kesler is a bit of a chalky GPP or cash play on Sunday night but both teams have been on a grueling schedule and this could be a low or high scoring game with little in between. One could see Hurricanes-Islanders scoring or and Edmonton-Calgary clunker. However, this short slate and match-up might be a benefit for Kesler. He has six goals on his last 30 shots and nine points in his last nine games. The Blues put a lot of effort into last night’s game. They may tire late. Some will slide down to Artem Anisimov or Eric Staal.

 

Wingers

Mikael Granlund — $5200 / $6300- MIN vs CHI

Granlund is a very good play in tournaments as Chicago has shown vulnerability at home of late despite winning. This pick allows you to spend up in other places a little bit. Do note the price difference on FanDuel, however. The speedy winger creates match-up nightmares against what will not be the Jonathan Toews line and that is where one may be able to pounce. He also has 13 points (ten assists) in his last ten games.

Ryan Hartman — $4200 / $4300- CHI vs MIN

Hartman will be a high risk GPP play on Sunday against Minnesota because he does not see the top ice time most in Chicago do. However, he does have 17 shots over the last four games and that is enticing. He has seven points in his last ten games and five in his last three. Minnesota will have Devan Dubnyk in net but the goalie is going to be tested often by this crafty forward. His line gives as much it gets so expect some higher event hockey.

 

Defensemen

Duncan Keith — $5100 / $6600- CHI vs MIN

Keith has solid point potential against Minnesota but dynamic pricing makes him more of a DraftKings play on Sunday night. He has eight points in his last ten games with seven assists in that span. His home split is amazing with 21 points in 25 games. Every metric jumps off the table even power play points. The ice time is managed a hair better also. There are going to be quite a few opportunities in this game as it projects out to be moderate to high event hockey with dangerous chances coming later.

Troy Stecher — $4100 / $4600- VAN vs NJ

This could be a great GPP play everywhere or just blow up in one’s face. Stecher has three assists in his last three games with ten shots on goal. Do not expect him to block a ton of shots. Here lies a pure gamble on hoping for an assist or two and maybe even a goal. New Jersey’s penalty kill bleeds chances on the road and typically they give up a lot of shots from the point and in. Some will try to pivot on one of New Jersey’s defensemen because their price is so low but that is something one will have to be vigilant on as far as pairings. Stecher is a hair safer at this time.

 

Goalies

John Gibson — $7800 / $9000- ANA vs STL

Gibson should be a solid GPP play with some more upside on the cash side of things. He has been hot this week stopping all but one shot and has two wins with a .985 save percentage. The Ducks are a little hit and miss on Sundays, however. St. Louis is on the third leg of their West Coast trip and starting Carter Hutton on back to back nights. Hutton is a bigger consistency question than Gibson currently. The Blues still have allotted 17 goals in their last five (even with a shutout last night). Anaheim has been allowing more shots lately too which will tip some to making this a GPP play on such a short slate. It has some risk, no question.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Gibson then wait a little closer to confirmations. This is the type of slate where risk could be rewarded with the right mix of chalk and dangerous plays.

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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 with tonight!