NHL Power Plays 2/10/17   

It is just a two-game slate in the NHL on Friday night, which obviously limits options. Pay close attention to Tampa Bay, as they have a few players with nagging injuries, namely center Tyler Johnson. Their lineup may be fluid up until game-time.

Note: All pricing from Fantasy Draft

Center

Andrew Copp (Winnpeg) – $7,500

Though it is a limited sample – just under 70 minutes of five-on-five time, via Corsica Hockey – the trio of Copp, Blake Wheeler, and Mark Scheifele lead the Jets forwards in expected goals per 60 minutes. The latter two names are the ones that carry the load on that line, but given Copp’s price, it’s hard to ignore the third wheel. What hurts his value is that he is not currently on either of the team’s power-play units, but skating with the talented players he is at even strength, there is upside for tournaments given his cost.

Center

Charlie Coyle (Minnesota) – $11,400

New lines from Minnesota have put Charlie Coyle back on the top line with Eric Staal and Nino Niederreiter. That trio has been dominant for the Wild this year, driving 57.8 percent of the adjusted shot attempts when on the ice together. Relative to their team, via Corsica Hockey, that forward unit drives the play as well as the Patrice Bergeron line in Boston, for reference on how good they’ve been. Coyle is also skating on the top power-play unit for the Wild as well. With his price being $1,800 less than center Eric Staal, he can be used in the pivot’s place to save a bit on cap space, which helps access the more expensive options on the slate.

 

Winger

Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay) – $11,000

With the uncertainty of Tampa’s lineup for their game against the Wild, be sure to constantly check information sources for players that are in or out.

Going back to Drouin’s recall at the end of the 2015-16 season, including playoffs, the young winger has 50 points in 65 games, including 169 shots. That prorates to 63 points and 213 shots per 82 games. Going into Minnesota is a difficult matchup, but Drouin is a game-breaker with the skill to create a goal on his own. There should not be much ownership on any Lightning skater tonight, which is necessary on a short slate like this.

Richard Panik (Chicago) – $7,900

In their most recent stretch of games, the Blackhawks have started spreading around the talent on their power-play units. This includes having Panik skate with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. This is a prime spot tonight for the 26-year-old as the Blackhawks have a great special teams matchup tonight with Winnipeg; the Jets allow the seventh-most scoring chances while shorthanded, and the third-most shot attempts. For those that want exposure to the Chicago power play but don’t want to pay a high price, this is the route to take.

Nino Niederreiter (Minnesota) – $11,000

It is a breakout season for the Minnesota winger, who is on pace to crack 60 points despite never cracking 45 points in a single campaign before. One thing he is doing of late now that he is skating on the top line with Eric Staal is shooting a lot more, averaging over three shots per game over his last 16 games since moving up the lineup. Prior to that, he had been averaging under two shots per game. This kind of jump in shot rate is part of the reason why he’s been a point-per-game player in that span. As a mid-priced player, Niederreiter should be a staple of cash game lineups tonight.

Defense

Brian Campbell (Chicago) – $6,300

Though he’s found himself out of the lineup at times this year, Campbell has been slotted in a fortuitous situation of late. Like Richard Panik, Campbell is also skating on the Chicago power play, albeit a different unit. When skating with the man advantage, Campbell leads all Chicago defensemen in individual shot attempts, which should be a good thing for Friday night given the aforementioned special teams matchup against Winnipeg. The lack of ice time makes him unreliable for cash games, but should be considered for salary relief in tournaments.

Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg) – $10,900

Quietly, Trouba (22) has already surpassed his point total from last season (21) in 40 fewer games. Providing offense is crucial for fantasy production, but what separates him from others in his price range is his floor: with 104 shots on goal and 80 blocked shots this season, the American blue liner averages over four shots-plus-blocked-shots per game. That kind of production without considering goals and assists is valuable for cash games. He is usually lower-owned than teammate Dustin Byfuglien as well.

Team Goaltender

Minnesota – $16,600

There is not much separating the goaltender pricing tonight; Winnipeg is $15,200, but the other three teams are within $500 of each other. The assumption here is that Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild, and that makes this an easy decision – Dubnyk has a .933 save percentage this year, a .927 save percentage in his tenure with the Wild. Minnesota is also one of the elite teams in limiting scoring chances, allowing the second-fewest per 60 minutes at five-on-five.