NHL Power Plays 2/11/17   

Tonight we get back to a little bit of a normal schedule with a seven game slate because there is also a five game morning slate.  In this article I will cover the night slate for tonight, but if you have any questions about the morning slate you can contact me on our slack chat or hit me up on Twitter Votts_DFS.  There are three teams on the hind end of a back to back tonight, and they are the Lightning, Blackhawks, and the Jets.  There is also some blatantly obvious spots to pick on tonight so the ownership will be interesting with only a seven game slate.  Let’s dig in and see if we can find you that player that will take down your big GPP’s.  Here are you Power Plays for Saturday night, good luck!

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Schedule for Saturday February 11th, 2017

AWAYHOMETIME
BuffaloToronto7:00 PM
ColoradoNY Rangers7:00 PM
St LouisMontreal7:00 PM
Tampa BayWinnipeg7:00 PM
AnaheimWashington7:30 PM
PittsburghArizona8:00 PM
Chicago*Edmonton10:00 PM

BOLD = BACK to BACK

*Third game in 4 nights

 

CENTERS

Sidney Crosby – PIT @ ARI – $8,600

Sid the Kid will be licking his chops tonight as he gets to take on the Coyotes, who are the weakest possession team in the league.  Any way you slice it, Arizona is in deep trouble tonight against the Penguins.  The Coyotes rank either second to last or dead last in almost every category relevant dfs wise.  This my friends is the chalkiest of all chalk tonight. Fade at your own risk, and in tournaments it could reward you.

 

Mika Zibanejad – NYR vs COL – $5,800

Zibanejad has played decent coming back from injury with six points in his last ten games.  His shot volume hasn’t been great, but tonight is a spot where it should get inflated as the Avalanche are giving up over 33.5 shots on net per game on the road.  Not only that but they are also giving up 3.29 goals per game on the road also.  Zibanejad plays alongside Mats Zuccarello on even strength and on the power play and make for a very nice mini stack as Zuccarello is second on the team in scoring.  Look for a lot of goals in this game tonight.

 

Nathan MacKinnon – COL @ NYR – $5,900

Mackinnon is in play for tournaments as a deep flyer as he will practically go unnoticed with the matchup against the Rangers.  Mackinnon has seven points in his last ten games and his line has been pretty much the only line with production.  The thing that’s catching my eye is his recent shooting volume, he has averaged four shots on net per game and he logs about 20 minutes of ice time per game.  The Rangers can score goals in handfuls but they can also give some goals up. These teams match up very close possession wise which seems odd but they do, also the Rangers with their shaky goaltending and lack of defensive depth are giving up the highest goals per 60 minutes in the slate (3.04 GA/60).  MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog could be super sneaky plays tonight.

 

Nazem Kadri – TOR vs BUF – $5,900

Kadri keeps trucking along with solid play for the leafs and has a four game point streak rolling, and he has at least s point in nine of his last ten games.  Toronto has massive fire power and for being so young, Mike Babcock has them playing pretty solid hockey.  The Leafs have been using the Matthews line as the shut down line at home so I’m thinking tonight that Kadri will get some shut down opportunities but he should also get some depth matchups, and buffalo lacks any depth outside of their top two lines.  Buffalo gives up a TON of shots, and they also have the second worst  penalty kill in the league with a 72.5% kill rate o the road.  Toronto could put up a touchdown tonight and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. I actually don’t mind a double stack of two lines here tonight.

 

WINGERS

 

Chris Kunitz – PIT @ ARI – $4,200

Kunitz is a lock value play tonight at 4.2k.  Kunitz is now playing with Sidney Crosby on even strength and he has four points in his last three games and  Kunitz is also getting time on the second power play unit. Any time you can get exposure to Crosby at that price and matchup, I’m jumping on it.  Since Kunitz has teamed up with Crosby, his shot volume has gone up dramatically, he has 11 shots in three games.  Crosby makes everyone around him better In all facets, and I’m on Kunitz tonight.

 

Mitch Marner – TOR vs BUF – $6,100

Marner is having a very solid campaign in the shadows of Austin Matthews, with 46 points in 53 games.  Marner also has seven points in his last six games, and he is averaging just shy of three shots on goal per game over the last ten.  As I said earlier, Toronto loves to shoot the puck and they push the pace to the max and the outcome is usually above average goals.  Toronto is averaging over three goals per game and they are third in the league with 32.5 shots on net per game.  With Toronto unloading that many shots and the Sabres allowing the most shots on net in the league at 34 per game, you can expect goals. Target the power plays and I don’t think you can go wrong here tonight.

 

Patrick Hornqvist – PIT @ ARI – $7,200

If your looking to avoid super chalk you can roll down to what the Pens are calling their “third” line with Hornqvist.  Now that Evgeni Malkin is back, he is playing with Hornqvist and I like that combo a lot.  Hornqvist is a big body guy that grinds his way and makes a home in front of the net.  When guys play in front of the net they get a lot of opportunities for rebounds and tips and one timers.  With Malkin playing on that line, he will open space up and should be able to fee Hornqvist all night.  Also the other thing I like about this matchup is that Oliver Ekman-Larsson will be shadowing the Crosby line, leaving all the weaker defenders to pick up The rest.  Hornqvist and Malkin also also play on the  top power play,  where the Coyotes have a 22nd  ranked penalty kill at home with a 79.5% kill rate.

 

J.T. Miller – NYR vs COL – $5,500

Miller has been a wrecking ball with a five game point streak, and he has four games in a row now with multiple points.  He plays in the third line for the Rangers and he’s been very successful because he gets all the depth matchups and it also helps when you play with Michael Grabner.  Miller has been seeing the ice very well and he hasn’t had major issues with his shot volume.  Miller also gets time on the second power play, and I think in tournaments tonight you could get Miller at a substantially lower ownership than the top two lines.  The last time these teams faced off, Miller had two goals and three shots.  That shows you how much depth the Avs are lacking.  A nice mini stack with Miller and Grabner could pay off handsomely.

 

DEFENSEMAN

 

Jacob Trouba – WPG @ TB – $5,300

Trouba’s riding a little two game point streak and he has been logging big minutes on the point for the Jets.  Playing on the hind end of a back to back doesn’t worry me a ton for a defenseman as they log more minutes than forwards and usually do not skate as hard therefore exerting less energy.  Trouba has been shooting the puck consistently, averaging barely under four shots per game for the last ten games.  Trouba also blocks shots bringing his floor higher, and he should get s bunch to block tonight as he should match up with the Kucherov line a lot.

 

Nikita Zaitsev – TOR vs BUF – $4,400

Zaitsev has been about 22 minutes per game, and he sees the second unit power play minutes on the point for the Leafs.  I also don’t mind Jake Gardiner if your looking to pair up the top power play unit.  Zaitsev  has seven points in his last ten games and he is also averaging over two blocks in that time.  You want to attack Buffalo’s penalty kill whenever you can especially on the road.  I’m personally targeting the Kadri and Bozak lines the most which is why I like Zaitsev,  but I will have some exposure to the Matthews line and that’s where I will pair Gardiner up.

 

Ryan McDonagh – NYR vs COL – $5,200

Mcdonagh is going through a real rough patch lately with only three points in his last ten games, but the Rangers are still leaning on him defensively as they lack any real scoring threat from the point.  McDonagh is averaging just barely under four SHOCKS (shots + Blocks) per game, and I think this is a get right spot for him tonight.  The Avs are giving a ton of shots up and they are bottom five on the road in penalty kill with a 76.3% kill rate.

 

VALUE PLAYS

We need some value to get in all the great plays tonight and these guys might help you out.

 

Magnus Paajarvi – STL @ MON – $2,700

Paajarvi has played two games since being called up from the AHL and he has produced a point in each contest.  Last game he was put on the top line with the Tarasenko line, and that got me excited.  Any time you can get exposure to an elite talent like Tarasenko for 2.7k sign me up!  Paajarvi has had three shots on goal in each game he has played so far and playing alongside Tarasenko that isn’t unusual.  The ice opens up and Paajarvi should see some good chances, even against a strong possession team like the Canadiens.  I’m not expecting hat tricks, I just want some shots on net to pay off that small salary.

 

 

Kenny Agostino – STL @ MON – $3,100

Agostino has been a great value play and his salary is on the rise.  He has been a great point producer in the AHL and he has been good in his three games now in the NHL.  Agostino has two points in his three games, which is a small sample and can’t be trusted, but I love his shot volume.  In his three games he has had shots of 3-4-5.  He is playing alongside the boat anchor Jori Lehtera who doesn’t shoot which is a plus for Agostino.  He is also seeing time on the second power play unit.  His minutes are also not bad for his price at 3.1k

 

Nicklas Hjalmarsson – CHI @ EDM – $3,400

The hammer saves you much need cap tonight and he logs big minutes on defense for the Blackhawks. Hjalmarsson is probably the best shot blocker in the league, he is averaging almost four blocks per game, now remember a block is just as good as a shot on net scoring wise.  He will shoot the puck on occasion and he has two games in a row now with an assist.  He should get plenty of rubber to block tonight against the Oilers, where he will match up with the top six.  If he can pitch in an assist again or even a couple shots on goal to go along with his blocks, he will pay off that 3.4k salary without a problem.

 

GOALIES

 

Fredrick Anderson – TOR vs BUF – $7,900

Freddy has been stealthy against the Sabres this year with a 2.00GAA and a .943 save %.  Granted it’s only a two game sample, but I still like him a lot for tonight.  The Sabres don’t have the depth and firepower to keep up with the Leafs, and with Buffalo giving up so many shots on net Toronto should provide enough offensive to bail Anderson out if he does let two in.  And Anderson should still see plenty of rubber, as the Leafs make mistakes.

 

Matt Murray – PIT @ ARI – $8,100

Murray has struggled a little on the road with a 2.35GAA and .917 save % but he is in a solid spot tonight to steal one.  The Coyotes are only averaging 2.2 goals per game which is the second worst in the league.  The question tonight is the shot volume, will he see enough rubber to garner a good score? I think he will as the Pens offense is extremely potent, but they do give up opportunities.  I think Murray is a solid play.