NHL Power Plays 2/13/17   

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 just two games on Monday so let’s get cracking on what happened yesterday then look forward to tonight. This will be fast. What Went Wrong? Sadly, the Montreal Canadiens forgot to show up. That potential contrarian play went up in smoke faster than a lit cigarette going out. Dallas had a 3-0 lead in Nashville and then rolled over and things blew up. That Predators first line did not quite score the way they would. Buffalo went belly up against Vancouver of all teams (that is what happens when Robin Lehner goes back to back) as Michael Chaput of all people scored twice. Even any Colorado plays just went down to an early bedtime. What Went Right? Hey, there were some nice goalie performances. Tuukka Rask had a shutout over Montreal and Thomas Greiss stopped all but one shot in the win over the Avalanche. After that, Nick Leddy struck for a goal and two assists. He was not the only one as Johnny Boychuk and John Tavares both had two assists each. That saved our Andrei Markov pick which was a disaster. Even Zdeno Chara scored on a night that had a little bit of everything. Boston’s “Czech Line” teamed up for five points combined in the 4-0 win. It was just that kind of night.   The Schedule For Sunday, February 12, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
NY RangersColumbus7:30 PM
ArizonaCalgary – #9:00 PM
  • @ = 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 Mikael Backlund – $5300 – ARZ vs CGY Backlund is a solid play in cash and GPP formats. The Flames center has nine points in his last ten games while averaging nearly three shots a night. Most will be on the top Calgary line but the second trio has been more consistent. That makes a more reasonable stack on a night where the first game has more prominent plays. Arizona’s penalty kill on the road is 27th in the league. This may be a better opportunity than most think. Alex Wennberg — $5800 – CLB vs NYR Wennberg is a risky GPP play because of his recent struggles (four games pointless at counting). He did have three points in his last game against New York though. The expectation is goals will not be quite as easy to come by as that ten goal explosion. Wennberg’s low shot volume is troublesome but that Columbus power play is due for a bit of a bounce back. Some will pivot to Brandon Dubinsky for value or even Kevin Hayes.   Wingers Cam Atkinson — $7200 – CLB vs NYR Atkinson is a viable play in tournaments and yet chalky because of his hot streak (seven goals in nine games) and he has 14 power play points in 28 home contests. Atkinson and Dubinsky have been kind of up and down but a meeting against the Rangers has some value here. It also carries enough risk. The goal here on short slates is to accept that one will have to play some higher owned options. J.T. Miller — $4600 – NYR vs CLB Miller will be a solid GPP play on Monday and his hot streak is a big reason why. He has 13 points in ten games including four goals on 23 shots. This third line gave Columbus fits in the last two meetings and the second one did not feature a 100% Kevin Hayes. A mini stack here has risk but also provides some serious salary relief. Tobias Rieder could be an against the grain play or even Radim Vrbata. However, things keep coming back to that Calgary second line.   Defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson — $4700 – ARZ vs CGY Ekman-Larsson has point potential against a Calgary team that can have some clunkers. The defenseman has seven points in his last nine games after a very cold spell. His shot volume is iffy with three shots in the last three contests. However, on short slates, how often can one find this kind of defenseman for this kind of price? The last few weeks is the answer. This could be something that might pay off handsomely. Seth Jones — $5300 – CLB vs NYR This could be a great GPP play but could be disastrous. The last meeting saw Jones score twice at MSG. His road splits are better and three of the last four games have been duds but there are possibilities here. New York’s team defense is not all that good on the road and has a penchant for giving up medium and high danger scoring chances. Some risks to take may include Kevin Klein or even T.J. Brodie. Those are extreme risk plays but lower priced.   Goalies Chad Johnson — $8300 – CGY vs ARZ Nilsson has upside for his chances of getting a win on Monday night, if he starts. Johnson did stop 31 of 33 on the road against Pittsburgh in his last start. The problem is that .893 save percentage over the last ten starts but Arizona gives up the fourth most points to goalies in daily fantasy. For GPP purposes, Sergei Bobrovsky may be the more dynamic play here. After that, it’s Henrik Lundqvist and then whomever starts for Arizona.   FantasyDraft Six Pack Of Gems These are low cost players that could provide value on Sunday. Good luck!

  1. Kris Versteeg – CGY — $7800
  2. Christian Dvorak – ARZ — $6500
  3. Michael Frolik – CGY — $9200
  4. Scott Hartnell – CLB — $7900
  5. Kevin Klein – NYR — $6200
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets — Goalie — $15,100 (It’s that short of a slate)

——————————————————————————————- If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Nilsson then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one should tread carefully. 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. ——————————————————————————————- 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!