NHL Power Plays 1/9/17

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 four games on Monday so let’s get cracking on what happened last night then look forward to tonight. This will be fast.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, empty net goals can be the devil especially when scored by the wrong person. Ryan Hartman had a hat trick with two of those tallies coming via the empty net route. It definitely caused a jolt for mostly the wrong reasons. The problem was so few owned him and it was a missed opportunity on all of our parts. Goaltending was horrible from Tampa Bay and Edmonton as expected. Also, some people did try to roll the dice on Anaheim but Devan Dubnyk was not going to give up four goals a game forever (he allowed just one). Carolina’s line one was more or less a dud while another line (the insurance line) stole the show. It was just that kind of night.

What Went Right?

Hey, there was some more scoring! Like we said, Pittsburgh was destined to score at least four goals and they churned out six. Edmonton and Ottawa combined for eight goals in all. Carolina got a clutch night from Sebastian Aho as he scored twice in a 4-3 overtime win over Boston. Once, Tuukka Rask was not starting, Carolina was in play at that point. Patrick Maroon added two more goals to give him five in his last three games. He has more goals than Connor McDavid and that’s not a joke. Columbus got a good performance out of Sergei Bobrovsky but it was not dominating. Even Cam Ward had 30+ saves which was just enough for him to hit value despite letting three pucks past him. It was a night where just enough chalk from Pittsburgh and Chicago along with a side of Ottawa seemed to do the trick offensively.

 

The Schedule For Monday, January 9, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Florida*New Jersey*7:00 PM
WashingtonMontreal7:30 PM
CalgaryWinnipeg8:00 PM
DallasLos Angeles10:30 PM
  • = N0 Teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • = Third game in four nights *
  • = No teams coming off a bye week.

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is used)

Centers

Phillip Danault – $4300 / $4400- MTL vs WSH

Danault is a reasonable GPP play on Monday because of the slate and scoring potential. He is on the first line for now and until Alex Galchenyuk comes back, his price is solid enough to take a shot. The forward has seven points in his last ten games but only one goal. Keep that in mind. There is more helper possibilities than anything else here. It may be hard to score on Braden Holtby but then again this game could be all or nothing. Max Pacioretty gains value here with seven goals in his previous ten contests.

Jeff Carter — $7200 / $7600- LA vs DAL

Carter is a ride the wave GPP play on Monday as he is on fire. The forward has eight goals and 12 points in his last ten games. This includes a three point effort on Saturday against Minnesota in a dramatic comeback. The only dilemma is that DraftKings lists Carter as a wing now but he is a center on FanDuel. His chances and shots had dipped a little in the last couple games but yet Carter keeps finding a way to produce. It has been tough sledding as teams key on Carter but Dallas allows the second most points to forwards in daily fantasy.

 

Wingers

Nik Ehlers — $5700 / $6600- WPG vs CGY

Ehlers is a dicey play in tournaments with the Patrik Laine news and yet, there is this inclination to keep rolling along. The winger has nine goals and 12 points in his last ten games with 32 shots on goal. It is much more than that, however, Ehlers is a handful for teams to defend. His speed literally frightens defenses and causes shifts in game plans. He will be marked by teams more now but the winger has the ability to change a game just by one play.

Matthew Tkachuk — $4800 / $5200- CGY vs WPG

Tkachuk will be a slightly higher owned tournament option on Monday against Philadelphia because of his nine game point streak. The winger has ten points in his last nine games and that includes nine assists during this span. He is dangerous from anywhere on the ice and in all phases. The only concern is his ability to create chances but at times he can be dangerous that way as well. Calgary’s second line of sorts performs like a first line for stretches. They did earlier in the year. So owning Mikael Backlund and even Michael Frolik is not a half bad idea somewhere. His projection tonight is not the highest but again an assist and a couple events equal value.

Miles Wood — $3400 / $3500- NJD vs FLA

Wood 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 points in three of his last four games and is starting to shoot the puck more again. His speed may frighten Florida the most and again the Panthers are tired from a brutal schedule and a relentless amount of injuries. The New Jersey forward will not play top six minutes and does not see much, if any, power play time. However, if the Devils continue to struggle, that may even change which does increase his value.

 

Defensemen

Jeff Petry — $5100 / $5500- MTL vs WSH

Petry has solid point potential against a Washington team that gives up a lot of shots from less dangerous areas. Also, the defenseman will just fire when ready as he has 37 shots over his last nine contests. He has nine points in that time including four goals. He is especially a threat at even strength and Petry also averages a couple blocks a night of late. That is a high floor for a defenseman who rarely showed this until this season. He has not slowed down and now the points keep coming as well.

John Klingberg — $4800 / $5600- DAL vs LAK

This could be a brilliant cash or GPP play everywhere just because Los Angeles is apt for costly mistakes a few times a night. Consider that the defenseman now has points in two straight games (goal and assist in each). The shots have come up gradually (11 in the last four) and his involvement in plays has gone up also. With Jamie Benn out, Klingberg has to step up and maybe that is a good thing. It will be harder to spend up on FanDuel but doable. The Kings can shut teams down but they also have their moments. This could be a moderate scoring game.

 

Goalies

Cory Schneider — $7600 / $8700- NJD vs FLA

Schneider should be a decent GPP play with some upside geared toward the chances of a higher save count. The same can be argued for either goalie from the Montreal-Washington game but those are some high price targets. The New Jersey goalie is extra risky because of the volatile defense and some of his own mistakes from that. Florida is a beat up team but they can generate shots against lesser teams like New Jersey, for example.

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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 Carey Price or Peter Budaj 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.

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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!