NHL Power Plays 2/12/17   

This week’s schedule is up, down, and all over the place. 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 Sunday so let’s get cracking on what happened yesterday then look forward to tonight. This will be fast because we are mostly focusing on the four game evening main slate.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the Pittsburgh Penguins went and started Marc-Andre Fleury to give Matt Murray a rest. It was smart in theory but turned into a bad ending. Fleury allowed four goals in the 4-3 OT loss which left Pittsburgh fans scratching their heads. Yes, it was not all on Fleury but they were rested. Montreal went with Al Montoya and that did not end well either in a home loss to St. Louis. Does one sense a theme here? Winnipeg had home ice advantage and still managed to give up three or more goals for a 15th game in a row. By the way, good job by DraftKings and FanDuel to mangle the Columbus game. FanDuel put it on their early evening slate and DraftKings left it entirely in the wind. Thank you FantasyDraft for including it.

What Went Right?

Hey, there were some nice goalie performances. Robin Lehner had a 40 save win in Toronto allowing only one goal. Henrik Lundqvist stopped all but two shots in getting his 400th career win against Colorado. Ben Bishop slammed the door shut on Winnipeg in a 4-1 road win. Washington and Anaheim featured a ten goal barrage combined by the two teams that few saw coming. Patrik Berglund nailed down a hat trick for St. Louis. Richard Panik singlehandedly took down the Edmonton Oilers by himself practically. It was not the chalk donkeys for a change on a wild Saturday split slate.

 

The Schedule For Sunday, February 12, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
San Jose -@*New Jersey – #12:30 PM
Detroit – @*Minnesota3:00 PM
Colorado – @*NY Islanders – @*6:00 PM — MAIN
Dallas – @*Nashville – @*6:00 PM — MAIN
Montreal- @*Boston – @*7:30 PM — MAIN
Colorado – @*NY Islanders – @*7:30 PM — MAIN
  • @ = Teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • * = Third game in four nights
  • # = Teams coming off a bye week.

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Jack Eichel – $6900 – BUF vs VAN

Eichel is a risky play in cash and even in some GPP formats but had three points in the first period against Toronto on Saturday. Why not roll with him again? Vancouver has a poor penalty kill and gives up over three goals a game on the road. If the center is going to keep shooting around five shots a game, then that is a heck of a built-in floor. He will not be as chalky as the top lines in the Boston-Montreal contest or the Islanders, or the…you get the idea. Evander Kane makes a decent mini-stack choice on Sunday night.

David Krejci — $5100 – BOS vs MTL

Krejci is an excellent GPP play because Montreal can often give up tons of shots especially on the road. The center had a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win over Vancouver on Saturday and figures to go against Montreal’s depth. The new “Czech Line” created a lot of chances and this also gets cheap exposure to the power play and maybe Frank Vatrano. One can go up to David Pastrnak as well for added versatility. There are quite a few options even for this four game main slate.

 

Wingers

Viktor Arvidsson — $5600 – NSH vs DAL

Arvidsson is a viable play in tournaments and yet borderline chalky because of his hat trick against Florida on Saturday in the 7-4 loss. It seemed like his line was the only one that showed up. Dallas cannot seem to put winning streaks together which is why Nashville, despite their record, is a team that will be commonly used in stacks. Arvidsson also has ten points in his last 11 games. Despite his up and down nature, he is mostly up.

Gabriel Landeskog — $4600 – COL vs NYI

Landeskog will be a moderate risk GPP play on Sunday against the Islanders because of the Islanders trying to key in on his line. The Captain has 14 points in his last 20 games and points in four straight contests. People are finally seeing the flashes of what was 60 point Landeskog and not this abomination that started the year. This will also offer some relief when making a mini-stack for Colorado or even in cash games where every dollar will count.

Evander Kane — $5400 – BUF vs VAN

Kane is going to be a wildcard in tournaments tonight because he has upside from his ability to shoot from anywhere. He does play unbridled so the forward will tend to make considerable mistakes along the way. It is a risk some are willing to take for the price. There will be some that spend up or spend down but the temptation is too great after that three point first period. Also, Kane would love to keep this hot streak going. Kane and Eichel play loose and fast and that could pay dividends against a Canucks team that plods along at times.

 

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara — $3300 – BOS vs MTL

Chara has decent point potential against a Montreal team that just does not have a defensive clue or identity right now. He has four points in his last two games while averaging 3.5 shots per night and at least 1.5 blocks per night over the last six contests. The defenseman is not the player he used to be but often the 39 year old rearguard has ways of just performing well against the rival Canadiens. It will not take much for him to hit or exceed value which allows one to spend up everywhere else.

Andrei Markov — $4100 – MTL vs BOS

This could be an excellent GPP play but could be an unmitigated disaster too. Markov has three assists, eight shots, and several blocks against Boston this year in three meetings. He has hit at least four or five posts in those games. Some will spend up to Jeff Petry or perhaps Shea Weber because no defensemen are super expensive tonight (mostly average price or below). Again, these rivalry games bring out a touch of the weird and sublime. If one wants to risk going crazy, then there is John Klingberg or P.K. Subban, maybe even Nick Leddy.

 

Goalies

Anders Nilsson — $7700 – BUF vs VAN

Nilsson has upside for his chances of getting a win on Sunday night. Robin Lehner faced 44 shots and stopped all but one so there is a very slight chance he could start. However, that is not likely. The price is reasonable enough for a cash goalie and some will use him in tournaments. Nilsson is 7-1-1 at home with a whopping .941 save percentage. Vancouver may be the contrarian cash play but Buffalo is a bit safer. When the Islanders goalie is confirmed, that will be the heavily owned cash goalie…maybe.

 

FantasyDraft Six Pack Of Gems

These are low cost players that could provide value on Sunday. Good luck!

  1. Ryan Spooner – BOS — $7100
  2. Markus Granlund – VAN — $7100
  3. Ryan Strome – NYI — $7100
  4. Mikko Rantanen – COL — $7900
  5. Zdeno Chara – BOS — $6300
  6. Colorado Avalanche — Goalie — $12,800 (Our craziest risk here)

 

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Nilsson then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one could even go with Tuukka Rask or whomever starts for the Islanders 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. On the bright side, this slate will end around 10:00 PM ET.

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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!