NHL Power Plays 2/14/17

The NHL schedule has been bizarre with massive slates every other night due to the condensed scheduled date now we head into bye weeks..  Tonight’s seven game slate should be very interesting ownership wise as there is a game with an opening total of six, and only one game with a lower total than five.  It’s early and there can be line movement but with these matchups I can say that some might go up.  It looks to be a big scoring night  with all the teams except one  rested.  The  Coyotes are  the only team on back to back games.  let’s dig in and see if we can find you a play or two that will help you take down that big GPP tonight.  Here are your Power Plays for tonight.  Good luck!   If you have any questions feel free to contact me on our premium Slack chat, or hit me up on Twitter @Votts_DFS.

Schedule for February 13th, 2017

AWAYHOMETIME
ColoradoNew Jersey7:00 PM
VancouverPittsburgh7:00 PM
BuffaloOttawa7:30 PM
NY IslandersToronto7:30 PM
AnaheimMinnesota8:00 PM
DallasWinnipeg8:00 PM
ArizonaEdmonton9:00 PM


*BOLD = Back to Back

CENTERS

Evgeni Malkin –PIT vs VAN – $7,600 (IF CONFIRMED BACK) Malkin is a strong part of the offensive firepower for the Pens.  They have been playing him on the third line alongside Patrick Hornqvist before his injury.  I love the matchup tonight for the Malkin line, you get depth matchups and you also get the top power play exposure.  Vancouver has lost five out of their last seven games, and they have given up four goals In each of them except for two games they gave up three.  The Penguins offense is extremely talented and if Malkin is back, look for the Pens to throw a bunch up on the board.  Pairing Malkin up with Patric Hornqvist is a nice play tonight.

Mark Scheifele – WPG vs DAL – $6,700 This game opened with a total of six and it could be a good game stack but I like me some Scheifele.  I’m not sure what the ownership percentage of the lines will be for this game so it should be interesting.  Scheifele is in a four game drought with no points and he looks to end it against the Stars tonight.  Scheifele likes playing against Dallas this year as he has played them four times and he has five goals, three assists and he is averaging 7.4 DK points against them.  When these teams meet there is usually fireworks as they both have bad penalty kills.  On the road Dallas has been short handed on average 3.7 times per game and they also own the leagues worst penalty kill with a 70.3% kill rate.

Tyler Bozak – TOR vs NYI – $4,700 Bozak makes for an interesting play tonight as his matchup should be positive all night.  When you play the Islanders you want to stay away from the Tavares line as they have the best possession numbers for the Isles.  The Maple Leafs will get to deploy their lines and they have been using a mixture of Austin  Matthews and Nazem Kadri lines to play the shut down role, so that leaves the Bozak line with plus matchups because the Isle lack any kind of positional depth.  On the road the Islanders are giving up the most shots on net in the league (34.5 SA/G) and they are giving up the second most scoring chances next to the Coyotes at 10.15 SCA/60. Bozak sits in a nice spot tonight against the Islanders and I like a stack of his linemates Mitch Marner and James Van Riemsdyk.

Leon Draisaitl – EDM vs ARI – $5,800 Draisaitl has also gone four games without notching a point and his salary is starting to reflect it, as he is the lowest price he has been in a while.  Tonight he gets a beautiful matchup and he should be able to get right against the Coyotes.  His shot volume has been a little low but he has picked it up with ten shots in his last three games.  Draisaitl is a good way to get yourself some exposure to Connor McDavid as they play together on the top line and on the extra man advantage.  Arizona is giving up the second most fantasy points to centers in the league, giving up 15dk points per game. The Coyotes are also giving up 10.42 scoring chances per 60 which is the most in the league.   The Coyotes are just a bad team, they are at the bottom of almost every stat measurable to us that play NHL DFS.  With The Oilers getting last change, they will try their hardest to keep Draisaitl’s line away from either Oliver Ekman-Larsson or the top line for the Coyotes, but it doesn’t matter if they match up with them anyway because they won’t be able to stop them.

WINGERS

Tyler Seguin – DAL vs WPG – $7,300 Seguin is quietly rolling along the year with just a hair under a point per game, and he has 11 points in his last ten.  He has been averaging just about four shots on goal per game over that span also.  Dallas is a bad team but luckily for us the DFS sites have taken away the + / – stats so we can safely roster a guy like Seguin.  Winnipeg takes a lot of penalties and at home they have the worst penalty kill in the league with a 72.7% kill rate.  The Jets are also giving up the second most goals per game and over 31 shots on net at home.  There should be goals tonight and my bet is on Seguin marking a point or possibly even two.   Taylor Hall – NJD vs COL – $6,600 Hall is a huge part of the offense for the Devils, he is also leaned on to pitch in on the power play.  The Devils production is pretty easy to zone in on.  The Avalanche are a bad team and you might be able to get Hall at discounted ownership with all the prime matchups tonight.  Colorado is in the bottom five of every category relevant to NHL advanced analytics.  On the road the Aves are giving up the third most goals (3.38 GA/G), they are giving up the sixth most shots on net per game (33.3 SA/G), and not to mention their fifth worst penalty kill (76.2% kill rate).  Hall sits in a very nice spot tonight and I think that top line for the Devils could be sneaky.

Mitch Marner – TOR vs NYI – $6,100 Marner has eight points in his last seven games, and he is averaging three shots per game.  With the matchup tonight against the Islanders, Marner should see the depth lines like I said earlier and I really like the pace they play at.  This game should have a plethora of shots going around, and with shaky goaltending there should be goals to go around also.  The Leafs shoot the puck a ton, and I think a game stack could be a nice way to play this game tonight.  I would play the Tavares line with the Marner line because they won’t be playing against each other.

Anders Lee – NYI @ TOR – $5,800 Lee has been en fuego for a little  bit here, he has 12 points in his last ten games and four power play goals.  Of course it helps a ton when you play next to and elite sniper like John Tavares.  The two of them seem to have meshed really well and if there is any line that is going to give the Leafs trouble, its this line.  In the two meetings this year with the Leafs, Lee has recorded a point in each game.

Patric Hornqvist – PIT vs VAN – $6,100 The Canucks are going to have a tough time matching size with Hornqvist tonight.  He is a big body that loves to make his home in front of the net and teams have a very hard time getting him to move.  Wit Hornqvist playing to close to the net he has a lot of opportunities for tip ins, juicy rebounds, and solid one timers.  Hell he has 13 shots on net in his last two games, and playing on the third line with Evgeni Malkin he should see all the plus matchups he can handle.  Vancouver is giving up over 32 shots per game and they are giving up over three goals per game.  The penguins offense has a ton of firepower and I don’t see any way the Canucks will be able to hang.

Blake Wheeler – WPG vs DAL – $6,700 Over the last ten games Wheeler has averaged a point per game, and his shot volume has been rock solid averaging four shots on net per game.  Wheeler is also averaging over 20 minutes of ice time and he’s also playing on the top power play unit, which is where we want to attack the Stars with their league worst pk.  Dallas is giving up a league worst 3.70 GAA, and they are also giving up 30 or more shots on net per game.

DEFENSEMAN

Jacob Trouba – WPG vs DAL – $5,300 Trouba has stepped up his offensive game in a big way, he has nine points in his last ten games, he is averaging 5.8 SHOCKS (shots & blocks) in that time.  Trouba also has been given a boost in ice time recently as he has averaged 26 minutes over the last ten.  This is the sight that Winnipeg wanted to see when they inked that nice size deal.  I cant beat a dead horse here on why I like to pick on the Stars, but I like Trouba tonight.  If you can afford to pay up for Dustin Byfuglien, I don’t have a problem with  that either.

Johnny Boychuk – NYI @ TOR – $4,900 Boychuk is averaging just shy of five SHOCKS per game, which is great for a floor.  Toronto is giving up the most fantasy points to defenseman on the year, averaging 14.88 DK points per game to total defenseman.  Add in the fact that the Leafs love to shoot the puck a ton and that raises the floor for more blocks for Boychuk.  Toronto plays a fast pace game and have a lot of offense but they also make mistakes and they give up a lot of shots and have a tendency to give up goals too.  If you have the couple extra bucks you can also look  to Nick Leddy.

Nikita Zaitsev – TOR vs NYI – $4,400 Zaitsev has been about 22 minutes per game, and he sees some 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 eight points in his last ten games and he is also averaging over two blocks in that time.  The Islanders give up the Most shots on goal in the league on the road and the Leafs are the third highest team in shots on goal averaging 33.7 shots per game.  There should be no shortage of opportunities for Zaitsev tonight and if he can come up with a point you will be ahead of the ballgame.

GOALIES

Matt Murray – PIT vs VAN – $8,300 Murray has been rock solid at home with an 11-1-2 record and he’s sporting a 2.35 GAA and a .928 save %.  Part of the reason he has been so solid is that the Penguins offense can produce at a higher rate than other teams.  Tonight should be another one of those nights, if you believe the shot volume is ere for the Canucks then Murray is your guy.

Cam Talbot – EDM vs ARI – $8,300 Talbot is coming off of a demoralizing yank on Saturday when he let in four goals against the Blackhawks on 20 shots.  Talbot has been pretty inconsistent but he does own five Shutouts on the year.  He should be able to get right with a game against the Coyotes who will be on the hind end of a back to back and will most likely see their backup  Louis Domingue, who has been anything but good.  Talbot is in a good spot tonight for the W.