NHL Power Plays 2/15/17

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 four games on Wednesday so let’s get cracking on what happened yesterday then look forward to tonight.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the New York Islanders went to Toronto and promptly laid an egg. They gave up seven goals which was great for Toronto but not good for anyone going for Islanders. Then there was Minnesota who tried anything and everything but could not get any pucks past Anaheim’s John Gibson. Also, New Jersey did not blow out Colorado like most expected. Some of us did to be fair and pivoted elsewhere. Pittsburgh scored four goals but got kind of a mixed bag of production even. Ottawa only scored twice against Buffalo despite around 40 shots on net. The Senators were expected to be able to handle Buffalo but got off to a slow start which did not help.

What Went Right?

Hey, there were some nice goalie performances. Robin Lehner had nearly a 40 save night against Ottawa. John Gibson stopped 35+ shots against a Minnesota team that just kept on coming. Cory Schneider stopped 27 of 29 shots in the New Jersey win. Frederik Andersen saved all but one shot as well for Toronto. Did we mention that Matt Murray shutout over Vancouver? Patrik Laine’s hat trick was a huge boost to most lineups as Winnipeg delivered as expected against Dallas. The over hit in a game where it was set at 6 ½ thanks to two empty net goals. Evgeni Malkin came back with a multiple point night and Oscar Klefbom dropped a late hammer with a goal and two assists in Edmonton’s 5-2 win. For a seven game slate, scores were very solid in GPP’s on Tuesday night.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, February 15, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Toronto – @Columbus7:00 PM
St. LouisDetroit8:00 PM
PhiladelphiaCalgary9:30 PM
FloridaSan Jose10:30 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

Tomas Hertl – $4600 – SJS vs FLA

Hertl is a risky play in cash and even in some GPP formats but had a goal on four shots against New Jersey on Sunday. The dreaded coming home after a long road trip blues can be a deterrent for some. San Jose may be a bit rusty but keep in mind Florida has not played since Saturday and begins a condensed stretch of games. Hertl should be able to take advantage of some of Florida’s depth which lacks a little defensively.

Brandon Dubinsky — $4300 – CLB vs TOR

Dubinsky is an excellent GPP play because Toronto is on a back to back and coming off some high from routing the Islanders. The center, playing with Cam Atkinson, has six points in his last four games. Do not expect a ton of shots but again Atkinson is shifty enough to provide chances for the pivot. The fact that Dubinsky has nine shots in his previous three contests is significant. They will draw the Tyler Bozak line which is just a bit poor defensively when it comes to chances allowed.

 

Wingers

Cam Atkinson — $7200 – CLB vs TOR

Atkinson is a great play in cash but even some tournaments because of that goal potential. He has 30 goals in 57 games and has 13 shots in his last three games. More importantly, Atkinson is being allowed to create more freely as he is paired with a more defensively responsible center. The results have made Brandon Dubinsky fantasy relevant again. Toronto is not going to have an easy time here even with a top level penalty kill.

Jonathan Huberdeau — $5400 – FLA vs SJS

Huberdeau will be a moderate risk GPP play on Wednesday against San Jose because the Sharks can key on top lines well at home. However, the winger has five points in three games on 13 shots. He put Nashville on its heels and that is not easy to do. Florida will try and pick on Brent Burns a bit as Huberdeau’s speed as we know that Burns can get deked viciously at times. Florida’s power play has improved slightly with his return and that may be an underestimated aspect tonight.

Anthony Mantha — $5200 – DET vs STL

Mantha 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. The right winger plays with Henrik Zetterberg which never hurts. He also does not play max minutes but has seen improved power play time over the last three or four games. Can he keep shooting three or four times a night? He needs to tonight against a St. Louis team that still has some depth issues. Spending up options include Wayne Simmonds and Vladimir Tarasenko. Spending down options include Andreas Athanasiou (remember no Gustav Nyquist tonight) and Kris Versteeg.

 

Defensemen

Seth Jones — $5500 – CLB vs TOR

Jones has point potential against a Toronto team coming off a big win last night. Curtis McElhinney is a familiar face as the former Columbus backup is in town. The belief is that Jones is a 5 on 5 beast and can cause havoc with his speed rush. He has five goals and nine points in the last nine games on excellent shot volume. He is not Brent Burns but few are. Remember, Burns is at a crazy price right now. If he does not get multiple points, the defenseman does not meet or exceed value. Jones and even Zach Werenski have a better shot tonight of doing so.

Kevin Shattenkirk — $5200 – STL vs DET

This could be an excellent GPP play but could be an unmitigated disaster too. Shattenkirk keeps getting assists on low shot volume. He only is averaging 1.8 shots per game and needless to say, the defenseman does not block a ton of shots either. He does have 18 power play points on the year and Detroit can be vulnerable to the power play. Sliding back a few hundred dollars to Colton Parayko is not bad or Michael Matheson from Florida, who has become a real shots and blocked shots machine over the last ten games.

 

Goalies

Petr Mrazek — $7100 – DET vs STL

Mrazek has upside for he has been playing better of late. Basically, over his last ten starts, the goalie has been league average which is a jump over what he had been producing at. His price is the key aspect here. Detroit does play better at home and can produce some snooze worthy games. That is good. The risk is the Red Wings can give up goals in bunches and need their players to be all on the same page. Also, Mrazek will have to play well early which has been something of an issue. Some will pivot to Jake Allen even because of his improved play. Wait for later confirmations too.

 

FantasyDraft Six Pack Of Gems

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

  1. Kevin Labanc – SJS — $6700
  2. Kenny Agostino – STL — $6100
  3. Kris Versteeg – CGY — $7800
  4. Nick Bjugstad – FLA — $7500
  5. Brandon Dubinsky – CLB — $8500
  6. Detroit Red Wings — Goalie — $14,000 (Our craziest risk here)
  7. David Savard – CLB — $6200

 

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Mrazek then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one could even go with Curtis McElhinney or Michal Neuvirth 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.

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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!