NHL Power Plays 1/18/17 

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 five games on Wednesday 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 John Gibson and Ryan Miller in net as this was the second night in a row of low scoring left coast games. Even Devan Dubnyk had an off night as Minnesota blew a 2-0 lead and ultimately lost 4-3. The last time Minnesota played that bad at home was a 3-2 clunker of a loss against Colorado. From there it only got worse as Henrik Lundqvist gave up seven goals through two periods. It is not like Dallas’s goaltending was much better as we saw another lights out scoring affair. The theme was goals in the first seven goals of the night. How much? Find out below.

What Went Right?

Hey, there was some more scoring! Can you believe 59 goals? That’s right! The first seven games of the night saw an average of 8.4 goals per game. That would be six overs and a push from a Vegas standpoint. From even on Monday, we had talked about how the Stars-Rangers game would have to be game stacked. It turned out. There were three basic mini stacks just from that game alone. The 7-6 game featured points in bunches and where most of the top GPP finishes went to. However, many were derailed by goaltending. Imagine that! Sergei Bobrovsky and John Gibson were good options and delivered! Ryan Miller was a very low owned bonus! Calgary’s line two struck several times during the second period and one was disallowed but that’s okay. Ottawa’s line with Mark Stone and Ryan Turris had multiple points each in a surprising win in St. Louis. They were a nice contrarian pick but who knew that nice. Vincent Trocheck made a great one-off with a two goal night for Florida. He is second in the league in points per game since Christmas.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
PittsburghMontreal7:30 PM
ArizonaWinnipeg7:30 PM
BostonDetroit8:00 PM
FloridaEdmonton9:30 PM
San JoseLos Angeles10:30 PM
  • = Teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • = NO Third game in four nights *
  • = No teams coming off a bye week.

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is used)

Centers

Sidney Crosby – $8200 / $9300- PIT vs MON

Crosby is a plug and play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because of his near automatic production. The all world center has become more of a distributor over the last nine games with nine assists while averaging right around four shots a night. Those five goals are a bonus. His shooting percentage has slid back over the last dozen contests but that is little cause for concern given that the forward had a goal and three assists in that wild 8-7 game against Washington. Pittsburgh has to play loose and free which means chances of higher scoring games is up. Evgeni Malkin can be a nice drop down to gain a little extra money to spend.

Vincent Trochek — $6000 / $6600- FLA vs EDM

Trochek is a ride the wave GPP play and cash option against Edmonton on Wednesday. He has seven goals and eight assists over his last ten games. He has points in five straight and has become the focal point of the Florida offense. Edmonton is up and down at home and the speedy winger could find a good match-up or two against the Oilers. Something we noticed too is how Trochek’s accelerations are giving him chances at closer and closer range. When a player generates those types of opportunities, the points usually follow.

 

Wingers

Nik Ehlers — $5900 / $6700- WPG vs ARZ

Ehlers is a decent play in tournaments and yet borderline chalky because the Jets are playing Arizona. The one good thing is that the winger has had two off games in a row and that may deflect a bit of ownership off him. He will be part of a line stack or even power play stack against a poor Arizona penalty kill. There will be lots of play on Winnipeg tonight and even a pivot towards Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little is possible among other choices.

Thomas Vanek — $5100 / $6200- DET vs BOS

Vanek will be a moderate risk GPP play on Wednesday against Boston because of the streaky nature of Vanek himself. He has seven goals and 12 points in the last ten games with elevated shot volume. Andreas Athansiou is with him though and he may have the space to continue his great play. Also, Frans Nielsen has been solid in keeping possession for the line. Boston may have trouble containing this line while keeping the bigger threats off the sheet.

Frank Vatrano — $4500 / $4600- BOS vs DET

Vatrano is certainly a plausible play in tournaments tonight because he has upside from just the idea he shoots from everywhere. He only has five points in his last nine games but the forward can play anywhere on the top six and on certain power play situations. What the winger allows is mini stacks with other players that do not have the greatest correlation but has it nonetheless. Again, that second line at even strength is not a bad gig. Detroit does have match-up problems but this is not expected to be more than a 3-2 game.

 

Defensemen

Justin Schultz — $5200 / $5600- PIT vs MTL

Schultz has excellent point potential against a Montreal team that could get drawn into playing at Pittsburgh’s pace. This is how it is going to be for a little while. The defenseman struck back with four assists against Washington on Monday. With injuries and frenetic pace, Pittsburgh will have to slow things down eventually. The start is key on Wednesday as to what we see on the ice. Schultz will have power play chances as both teams have been undisciplined of late.

Dustin Byfuglien — $6000 / $6400- WPG vs ARZ

This could be a brilliant GPP play but it may also sink your lineups tonight. Byfuglien has great shot volume and blocks about two shots per game. The problem is scoring with only four points in his last ten games. Arizona presents the ideal match-up because Winnipeg wants revenge for how it lost to Arizona the last time. The problem is simple. Does anyone know what the Jets will bring on a given night? Exactly, this pick is fraught with risk and part of why there will be more choices projected out on social media. Even a pivot to Jacob Trouba is some lower cost hedging err insurance.

 

Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec — $6800 / $7600- WPG vs ARZ

Pavelec should be a solid cash play with upside geared towards the chances of a win. Despite this, the risk is of the highest we can issue here. After a long trip to the minors, no one is sure of what to expect. This goalie is capable of anything from a shutout to being pulled just minutes into the game. Projections dictate this to be one of the best picks of the night and yet the eye test just screams problems. Do watch for some conflicting reports just in case he is held out. Be prepared to move to Connor Hellebuyck just in case.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Jones then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one could even go Tuukka Rask or Cam Talbot but will they get the W? That is quite a question. This is the type of slate where risk could be rewarded with the right mix of chalk plays. Watch out for any late changes as well due to the flu and other illnesses. It has been a factor of late.

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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!