NHL Power Plays –12/21/16

Small slates can be 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 Wednesday so let’s take a quick look back at last night’s games then look ahead.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, someone forget to tell the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils that they were supposed to play last night. The same thing could be said for the Boston Bruins as well. Boston at least came back and made a game of it. However, the Rangers were slaughtered in Pittsburgh 7-2 and New Jersey at home by a score of 5-1. The goalie save percentages from these games were enough to make one look at their lineups and walk away from the computer. The offense from the three teams mentioned in bold was also dreadful.

What Went Right?

Hey, it was just one of those nights where having the chalk goalie was a good thing. Devan Dubnyk had an easy night in victory and Carey Price, even easier. The two goalies faced 32 shots combined. Antti Raanta faced 47 shots by the way. Sidney Crosby almost hit value after the first period and Cam Atkinson struck again for Columbus. Viktor Arvidsson had three assists, James Neal had two goals, and Ryan Johansen had a goal and assist in their rout over New Jersey. Vancouver scored three late goals and Jannik Hansen had two of them while Jacob Markstrom stopped 31 shots. The late hammer from San Jose sort of came to fruition as they won 4-1. Joonas Donskoi had two goals while Joe Pavelski had two assists. Calgary only managed 21 shots on Martin Jones who was not challenged much all night. Here is tonight’s schedule.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, December 21, 2016

AwayHomeTime (ET)
WashingtonPhiladelphia8:00 PM
EdmontonArizona9:30 PM

No team is on the back end of a back to back

No teams on third game in four nights *

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is used)

Centers

Leon Draisaitl – EDM vs ARZ – $6,300 / $6400

The Edmonton Center/Wing makes a masterful play on Wednesday night in Arizona. He had a couple off games for him before striking for four points in his last two games. Arizona is one of the worst possession and defensive teams in the league. Draisaitl should get plenty of opportunities against a team that allows tons of chances. This is a Coyotes penalty kill that can be picked on as well.

Claude Giroux –  PHI vs WSH – $7,400 / $8000

The Philadelphia pivot will be used in GPP’s by many. Giroux has ten points in his last ten games and is shooting the puck with more proficiency (3.2 shots per game in the last 11 outings). Rivalry games sometimes take a little while to bring up the heat but the intensity here should be present from the start. The Flyers power play may be something to look at. They are not only top three in the league but could pose problems for Washington.

Wingers

Radim Vrbata – ARZ vs EDM – $5600 / $4900

Vrbata is a good tournament choice with goal upside against an Edmonton team he has some success against. This year, he has two points in two games and comes off a night where he had seven shots on net. The Oilers are often a team that is willing to trade chance for chance and Arizona’s first line can be dangerous even on the man advantage.

T.J. Oshie – WSH vs PHI – $6200 / $6700

Oshie is a better GPP play on DraftKings to be perfectly honest tonight. Oshie has seven points in his last nine games and though his shot and chance volume is a little low, he is still shooting at around 20% on the season. The winger seems to shine in these grudge match type games and often produces higher totals than his norm would suggest.

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov – PHI vs WSH – $4700 / $4200

Provorov has great value potential in GPP’s tonight. His FanDuel price is even more attractive and is averaging nearly three blocks a game with 1.5 shots per game of late. His increasing floor along with uptick in points per game will boost his ownership levels somewhat. He also allows one to spend up for some of the higher priced plays on the slate.

Andrej Sekera – EDM vs ARZ – $4900 / $4300

Sekera will almost be a chalky play tonight or should be in GPP’s. He has eight assists and nine points in his last ten contests. His price is not going up compared to the level of his production. The Edmonton defenseman provides value and he blocks around two shots a night with two shots on net a game also. That floor did not exist early in the season and his resurgence on the power play is a big reason why the Oilers have maintained their standing in the Pacific.

Goalies

Cam Talbot – EDM vs ARZ – $8100 / $8800

Talbot is going to be the big GPP play on Wednesday even though Mike Smith may face the most shots. The Edmonton goalie is not confirmed yet. He has gone 3-1-1 in his last five starts with a save percentage never dipping below .903. The Oilers netminder only allowed two goals in his last outing. Both games are toss ups to be honest but the ownership will be geared to the late game. Talbot has much risk but has reward too.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy Talbot then wait a little closer to confirmations and maybe tilt a bit towards Steve Mason. That is crazy enough to work on this night where predicting goalies will just be an honest guess.

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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!