NHL Power Plays 2/1/17

This week’s schedule is packed. 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 three 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, it was the night of some teams not showing up. Philadelphia had just seven shots after the first 50:00 of yesterday’s game against Carolina. St. Louis got the Jake Allen special also which was just not good enough as Winnipeg did indeed allow three goals but the Jets still won. Goaltending was at a premium on Tuesday night as Henrik Lundqvist did not last long. He was yanked after allowing three goals on 16 shots. It was feared that Steve Mason was banged up after a rough night. Even Mike Smith made a bit of a boneheaded play which might have caused him a win which would have made for some night point wise. Alas, it was not meant to be. Last night, a lot of people were on the right teams but the wrong lines. That is not surprising on a 14 game slate.

What Went Right?

Hey, there scoring! Montreal had five goals and Max Pacioretty had a hat trick. Here is the funny part. Sebastian Aho for Carolina also had a hat trick and they scored five goals too. Columbus and the New York Rangers played a wild 6-4 game where the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Rangers almost came all the way back. Toronto and Dallas combined for nine goals as well. Goaltending was just a tough sell in places. Even Minnesota managed five on the road in Edmonton which was not as surprising given the Oilers’ penchant for uneven home performances. Darcy Kuemper was a great GPP risk and yet it worked. John Gibson and Matt Murray were solid cash plays along with Carey Price though we noticed some took the tournament risk and it paid off. There was a multitude of multiple goal and point producers last night and that did spread out the scoring in cash and GPP formats alike. Let’s get down to some quick business.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, January 25, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
BostonWashington8:00 PM
MinnesotaCalgary10:00 PM
ColoradoLos Angeles10:30 PM
  • BOLD = Teams are on the back end of a back to back

 

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Evgeni Kuznetsov – $5400 – WSH vs BOS

Kuznetsov is a good play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because he is on some roll. He had a goal and an assist against the Islanders on Tuesday. The center has points in seven of his last eight games and fired 11 shots on goal in the previous two contests. Boston gave up three goals to Tampa Bay and the expectation is this could be a higher event game on Wednesday.

Anze Kopitar — $5500 – LA vs COL

Kopitar is a nice GPP play and cash option against Colorado on Wednesday. Colorado is just a disaster, period and though they are better on the road, the Avalanche still have a ton of issues internally and externally. The Los Angeles center has had a trying season but does have 13 points in the last ten games including two goals and five points in the previous three contests. Los Angeles may not fire 40 shots again but that increased Kopitar volume has to be music to many people’s ears.

 

Wingers

Jason Zucker — $4900 – MIN vs CGY

Zucker is a moderate risk play in tournaments partially because Calgary is well rested and partly because they are rested. The winger does not see as much power play time as Nino Niederreiter but he does have six goals and six assists in the last ten games. The winger is often stacked with Mikael Granlund who has been equally proficient. They may make an interesting mini stack on Wednesday night.

Frank Vatrano — $4700 – BOS vs WSH

Vatrano always has GPP upside because of his ability to shoot the puck and often. He is averaging nearly 3.5 shots per game over the last nine contests. He may only have five points in the last ten but four of those five points are goals. It is that goal potential which makes him a play even though Boston is on the back end of a back to back. Since every team but one is, that makes tonight more interesting.

Marian Gaborik — $4300 – LAK vs COL

Gaborik is going to be a worthwhile idea in tournaments tonight because he has upside from playing with Anze Kopitar alone. That gives him extra value on a night like this and last line change means the coaching staff can conserve any potential lost energy. Gaborik now has points in three straight games and seven in the last ten. This includes three goals and 26 shots on net. Finally, the second line indeed has risen from the ashes of an awful slow start.

 

Defensemen

Dougie Hamilton — $5000 – CGY vs MIN

Hamilton has point potential against a Minnesota team that just played Edmonton on Tuesday. The defenseman is producing at nearly a point a game (one goal, eight assists in the previous ten contests). His shot volume is solid at around 2.5 to 3 shots per night but blocks are only around one. It is still a decent enough floor. Calgary will be going up against Devan Dubnyk but there is a chance of a couple goals based on projections.

Dmitry Orlov — $4000 – WSH vs BOS

This could be a brilliant GPP play but it has much risk because of low point potential. Orlov has seven points in the last ten games and has six shots on net in the previous two but the defenseman was almost invisible in their previous meeting. There was a token shot on net and little else as he was out chanced by Boston. The gamble here is elevated as John Carlson returns to optimal hockey health.

 

Goalies

Devan Dubnyk — $8000 – MIN vs CGY

Dubnyk should be a cash play with upside due to previous performance. He is 0-1-1 against Calgary but has only allowed three goals in those games. Calgary did snap a losing streak heading into the break. However, the Minnesota netminder is well rested as Darcy Kuemper started last night. Minnesota did allow 30+ shots against Edmonton and might again tonight. There will be some uneasy stomachs on this one and expect higher ownership.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Dubnyk then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one could even go with backup options 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. Watch out for any late changes as well due to the flu and other illnesses. It has been a factor of late. Again remember, five of the six teams are on the back end of back to backs. Do not let that dissuade you.

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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!