NHL Power Plays 1/4/17

This week’s schedule has been tedious. 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 six 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, if you thought Cam Ward was safe, you would have been wrong. That sounds unfathomable but he gave up two goals and faced fewer than 20 shots. Carolina’s first line was a disappointment once more. The bottom line was the Carolina goalie did not get the win. However, the contrarian and borderline crazy pick, Cory Schneider, stopped 29 of 30 shots. It was the kind of night where the New York Rangers had one shots in the first 12 minutes on the way to a 4-1 loss. Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on just 19 shots to boot. The Toronto-Washington game was high scoring as expected which claimed Braden Holtby early. These medium slates and the bye week can be a real test of patience.

What Went Right?

Hey, there was some scoring at least! Toronto and Washington combined for 11 goals while Winnipeg and Tampa Bay racked up ten goals. Tampa Bay’s triplets had a ton of points against the Jets which was an easy stack with Victor Hedman. Jeff Carter showed up once more when needed with a goal and an assist in an overtime win against San Jose. Carey Price and Pekka Rinne almost wound up with the same amount of points in a low scoring contest in Nashville. Columbus and their power play scored twice en route for their 16th win which included another quality Sergei Bobrovsky start.


The Schedule For Wednesday, January 4, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
WinnipegFlorida7:00 PM
NY RangersPhiladelphia8:00 PM
MontrealDallas8:00 PM
ArizonaVancouver10:00 PM
ColoradoCalgary10:00 PM
DetroitAnaheim10:30 PM
  • = Teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • = No Third game in four nights *


Quick Plays (DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is used)


Ryan Kesler – $6800 / $7100- ANA vs DET

Kesler is a risky GPP play on Friday. He has points in three of his last four games including a hat trick. Detroit allows the second most daily fantasy points to centers. The problem is we have to wait to see how Ryan Getzlaf is first. Regardless, the center will have their chances against one of the poorest defenses in the league.

Matt Duchene — $5800 / $6800- COL vs CGY

Duchene is a decent GPP play on Wednesday as he has road upside. The forward has 16 points in 17 games away from home, including 11 goals. He averages nearly three shots a game now. Colorado scores a little more on the road and it just seems their top players are better as well. The defense is what suffers and it suffers a ton. This is a DraftKings play and more perilous everywhere else.

Vincent Trocheck — $5500 / $6300- FLA vs WPG

Trocheck can be a solid tournament or even good cash play tonight. Winnipeg is on the back end of a back to back and the Florida center has goals in his last three games. He is also averaging almost four shots a game over the previous eight outings. Winnipeg’s penchant for penalties will keep feeding Florida and Trocheck opportunities and his speed will too.


Nik Ehlers — $5500 / $6400- WPG vs FLA

Ehlers is a gamble of a tournament or cash play on both sites tonight just because he is almost riding too high of a wave. He has eight goals and 11 points over the last ten games. However, the moves and speed of the winger can make the best defensemen look silly. Just ask Victor Hedman for example. This forward also has three man advantage points. Florida could be in a spot of trouble tonight.

Anthony Mantha — $5200 / $5300- DET vs ANA

Mantha will be a low owned tournament option on Wednesday against Anaheim because of his speed and the possibility of drawing a favorable line match-up. The winger has nine points in his last six games and that is quite a streak. Anaheim just gave up 55 shots against Philadelphia and no one is expecting that from Detroit. However, Mantha is the kind of player that can cause a ton of headaches from even some low and medium danger areas.

Sven Baertschi — $4600 / $4600- VAN vs ARZ

Baertschi is certainly a cheaper play again in tournaments tonight because he can hit or exceed value and not have to do much to do it. He has six goals and 11 points in the last ten games while averaging nearly three shots a night of late. Arizona bleeds goals a lot like several teams on tonight’s slate. The Canucks are right around 2.8 goals per night over the last 24 games. His power play time has increased and two of his three power play points have come recently. This will allow DFS players to spend up when needed.



Dougie Hamilton — $5600 / $6100- CGY vs COL

Hamilton has good point potential against a Colorado team that just cannot stop anyone. Even when they score they give up goals. Their previous match-up was a 6-3 Calgary win where Hamiton had an assist, five shots on goal, and four blocks. It feels like close to déjà vu all over again. This could be another moderate to high scoring game with ease. The Avalanche almost know they need to score which means they will press which may allow a trailer like Hamilton to thrive once more.

Tyson Barrie — $4700 / $5000- COL vs CGY

This could be a brilliant cash or GPP play on DraftKings. Consider that the defenseman is now on a four game point streak. Defensively, things are ugly for Barrie and the Avalanche but the blueliner has 34 shots in his last nine contests. For better or worse, we are finally seeing the offensive side of Barrie and Calgary will give up opportunities and potentially goals. The only risk is a goalie duel which has a single digit chance of happening.



John Gibson — $8000 / $8600- ANA vs DET

Gibson should be more of a cash play tonight against a weaker offense. The problem is how will the Anaheim goalie look after seeing over 50 shots? Thankfully he had a couple days rest but again it is a question that remains. Ownership is going to be pretty high with the goalie so using him as a GPP option may be dicey. Detroit should be able to generate enough chances to make life a bit interesting for the goalie. These two teams often play a little different than game theory would suggest.


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 Brian Elliott or Steve Mason 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. There will be tons of danger wherever you may go tonight and Wednesday will be a little crazy.


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!