NHL Power Plays 2/19/17

This week’s schedule is up and down because of the bye week. 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 11 games on Sunday so let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, bye weeks just keep wreaking havoc as even Washington, Montreal, and countless others have felt its wrath. Boston comes off their bye on Sunday night and who knows what may happen. Toronto ended up on the wrong side of a 6-3 loss to Ottawa at home. Chicago barely mustered much other than shots against Edmonton and lost 3-1. Arizona did much the same to San Jose in their loss. New Jersey even held on to beat the Islanders but Taylor Hall did nothing. What kind of bizarre world is this? There is one last thing. FanDuel decided to have four different slates on Sunday with no more than five games on each. Be warned!

What Went Right?

Hey, there are 11 games on the schedule but most of the focus will be on the eight game main slate for DraftKings and FantasyDraft. A few picks for FanDuel will be mixed in along the way. From Saturday night’s action, it was great to see Cory Schneider pull off a 40 save win for GPP’s. Cam Talbot stopped all but one shot. Ryan Miller was amazing against Calgary but came up seconds short from getting a shutout. He did get the win in overtime. The Mark Stone line went nuts including five points (goal and four assists) from the man himself. Brent Burns scored twice to give him 27 goals on the year. That puts him on pace for 38! Antoine Roussel of all people had a hat trick. Most of us honestly tossed the entire Seguin line into a few lineups not knowing. It paid off. Let’s get to the schedule.

 

The Schedule For Sunday, February 19, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Washington*NY Rangers12:30 PM
Detroit*Pittsburgh3:00 PM
Winnipeg*Ottawa*@5:00 PM
Chicago*Buffalo*@6:00 PM
Nashville*Columbus6:00 PM
New Jersey*@NY Islanders*@6:00 PM
Toronto*Carolina7:00 PM
Tampa Bay*Colorado8:00 PM
BostonSan Jose*8:30 PM
Los Angeles*@Anaheim9:00 PM
PhiladelphiaVancouver*@10:00 PM

 

* = Back end of back to back.  # = coming off bye week. @ = Third game in four nights.

News And Notes (Well More Notes)

Like we mentioned before, FanDuel is running four slates today. There are two 12:30 slates, a 5:00 early evening, and a 7:00 pm main slate. The picks below will have the most overlapping with the two later slates. Please keep that in mind. The Mark Stone line will be in play for the FanDuel early evening slate. As for the slate of the day version, watch Pittsburgh’s first unit power play and then Washington line two and Rangers line three.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Josh Leivo (TOR) — $6500
  2. Richard Panik (CHI) — $8200
  3. Melker Karlsson (SJ) — $6100
  4. Brayden Point (TB) — $7800
  5. Zdeno Chara (BOS) — $6300
  6. Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) — $8700
  7. Colorado Goaltending — $14,200 (it’s as high risk as Nashville tonight)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Jeff Carter – $7200 – LAK vs ANA

Carter is a great play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because he is hot and loves playing Anaheim. He has three points (two goals) in two meetings and 12 shots on goal. Add in the fact that he has hit three posts in the games and you get the idea. Home or road in this rivalry does not matter so much. Chances are the bottom line here and Carter matches up well against the Ducks.

Auston Matthews — $7300 – TOR vs CAR

Matthews is a solid GPP play and cash option against Carolina on Sunday. The Maple Leafs come off a 6-3 drubbing at home from Ottawa and the center has 32 points in 30 road games. That includes 17 goals. Carolina can dominate play for stretches but the Matthews line can do much of the same. Plus, Cam Ward can always give up a couple extra goals too. One can spend down to Nazem Kadri or Tyler Bozak even.

Ryan O’Reilly — $5700 – BUF vs CHI

O’Reilly is a nice GPP play because of Chicago’s putrid penalty kill and playing the back end of a back to back coming off a bye. Jack Eichel may be a bit steep and O’Reilly has points in four straight games. His power play correlation on the top unit with the other best players on Buffalo does help. The shot volume can be a bit all over the place but this game has potential for high event hockey.

Jonathan Toews – $5900 – CHI vs BUF

Toews is a great play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because of who he is playing. Think of the Chicago pivot in the same way one thinks of O’Reilly. He has 11 points in his last ten games and his shot volume is up over a half shots a game from his season numbers. Four goals on his last 32 shots is good and again that Buffalo penalty kill can be picked on.

Brandon Dubinsky — $4800 – CLB vs NSH

Dubinsky is a somewhat risky GPP play against Nashville on Sunday. The center does have points in four straight contests but his price has gone up. He is still at a good price but not as high of a value as he once was. Cam Atkinson and the pivot have formed a nice combination along with Boone Jenner. Jenner creates the space that the duo uses to score. Again this is a play that has power play correlation which is enough to still use him.

Tyler Johnson — $4700 – TAM vs COL

Johnson is a good GPP play because Colorado will allow chances and opportunities in bunches. The center plays with Nikita Kucherov and has power play potential as well because of Colorado’s poor penalty kill. He had a goal and assist in his return to the lineup against Dallas with five shots on goal. This is the first stretch of the season that we have seen “Triplets” level production from Johnson.

 

Wingers

Anders Lee — $5700 – NYI vs NJD

Lee is a splendid play in tournaments and yet borderline chalky because most saw the 42 shot display from the Islanders on Saturday and expect it to translate into goals on Sunday. Lee allows one to go several ways as far as stacking whether it is a mini stack with John Tavares or a line stack. There is also the possibility to pivot down to Andrew Ladd, who is very cheap and has seven goals in the last ten games. Lee is the more consistent player, however.

Josh Leivo — $3300 – TOR vs CAR

Leivo will be a great value GPP play on Sunday against Carolina because he is on a line with Nazem Kadri and gets a little power play time to boot. He has six points in his last five games. As long as he keeps producing, the winger has a place in a lineup somewhere. He is also one of our FantasyDraft values on the night.

Gabriel Landeskog — $4600 – COL vs TAM

Landeskog is going to be a nice idea in tournaments tonight because he has upside from playing on the top line alone. That gives him extra value on a night like this and this is quite dangerous. Landeskog can be kind of all or nothing. He had a nice stretch about a couple weeks ago but the past three games have produced just one point. Colorado is the rested team at least.

Elias Lindholm — $4500 – CAR vs TOR

Again, Lindholm is a risky but intriguing GPP play on Sunday night. Carolina has a good chance of putting up several goals on Sunday night. The forward has nine points in his last ten games while averaging just about three shots a game on net. This gives one exposure to Jordan Staal, who is also priced nicely. Finding salary relief that has potential to surprise is always a good thing on a mega slate. Finally, there is line stack potential at a cheap price. There is little more that needs to be said.

Brad Marchand — $7100 – BOS vs SJS

Marchand is a somewhat chalky play in tournaments because of just how hot the winger has been for the Bruins of late. He has 16 shots on goal and four goals in the last three games along to go with 14 points in the previous ten contests. The top line in Boston is costly as anything but there are ways to mini stack with Boston’s cheaper defense to make this more palatable. That is what it is about on NHL Power Plays. This might be worth it to try in a few lineups. There is one warning. They are coming off a bye week so Marchand and Bergeron, etc. may need to be used a bit more gingerly.

Wayne Simmonds — $5900 – PHI vs VAN

Simmonds will be a moderate risk GPP play on Sunday against Vancouver because the Canucks do play a bit better defensively at home.  He has six goals in his last nine games and the shot volume is more than solid enough. The winger is also a threat on the power play and he is one of the few Flyers players that is not struggling mightily. Vancouver’s penalty kill and third periods can be a bit of an adventure.

Evander Kane — $5700 – BUF vs CHI

Kane is still a solid idea in tournaments tonight because he has goal potential on a night like this. Buffalo has a top ten power play and the winger had a goal and an assist in his last game against St. Louis. He also has 38 shots in the last ten contests. Shot and chance volume is something that Kane often can create but the points usually lag or an injury happens. It is always good to ride a streak but the winger matches up well against the Blackhawks. Playing on the same line as Jack Eichel does not hurt at all.

William Nylander — $5200 – TOR vs CAR

Again, Nylander is a gamble but fun GPP play on Sunday night. Toronto could be a good road option as they try to bounce back from a poor effort against Ottawa. The Toronto winger has nine points in the last ten games. Yes, he will make mistakes but his power play correlation to the top Maple Leaf players is more than enough reason to consider him. His goal and shot potential is intriguing enough to roll the dice.

Tanner Pearson — $5600 – LAK vs ANA

Even on the road, Pearson is a play because the Carter line is that good against Anaheim. Pearson has points in three straight and 12 shots in that span. Seven points will get you noticed and when the Carter line runs hot, one tends to keep rolling with it. Anaheim often has problems with “That 70’s Line”. The only problem is if the rest of the team lags, does the coach go away from that line. He did for a bit against Florida and Arizona.

Richard Panik — $4100 – CHI vs BUF

Panik is a great play for all the correlation and top six exposure. The crazy part is he runs hot for about 10-12 games and then cools right off. He is on another one of those runs with ten points (five goals) in that last ten contests. The risk could be high but the wave could prove to be worth it against a Buffalo team that easily allows 30+ shots a night. Andrew Cogliano could be a similar type of play for Anaheim instead of more expensive plays like Silfverberg or Perry.

 

Defensemen

Brent Burns – SJ vs CHI – $8400

 

Burns is a healthy spend tonight against the Bruins who are coming off a bye. They gave up three goals to San Jose the last time they played in Boston so it might easily happen again. The defenseman has 18 shots in the previous three contests and five goals! He is hotter than the sun with 27 goals on the season now. He will have to get points even with his excellent floor to hit value but why not.

 

 

 

Tyson Barrie – COL vs TAM – $4400

 

Barrie sits at a fine price point tonight and is in play in GPP’s and Cash games. For the first time in a long time, the defenseman looked like the player we saw last year. There is danger here but Tampa does not always fare well on the back end of back to backs. Colorado’s power play may surprise some people on Sunday night. Also, consider Jake Dotchin from Tampa as a bargain basement price.

 

Justin Faulk – CAR vs TOR – $5900

 

Faulk comes rolling into this game as a questionable play only because of his illness. He does have three goals and nine points in the last ten games. Again, the problem becomes what to do if god forbid, Faulk does not play. If he goes, the defenseman has a great match-up. If not, then run to Victor Hedman, who also has a prime match-up against Colorado.

 

Drew Doughty – LA vs ARI – $5400

 

Doughty is a play with upside tonight when one considers his success against Anaheim. He has two points in two games against the Ducks this season. There is something about these games that Doughty just gets up for. If you need to save a little cap room you can also turn to his mate on the opposite point Jake Muzzin – $4600. 

 

Seth Jones – CLS vs NSH – $5500

 

Jones has been logging big minutes lately, and he has produced with five points in his last six games.  He doesn’t get to play on the top power play but he does get the second unit minutes.  Jones is a gifted offensive defenseman and he loves to shoot the puck, as he has 14 shots on goal in his last four games.  The Predators have been having trouble keeping the puck out of the net with inconsistent goaltending and costly turnovers, and against the Blue Jackets that could lead to disaster.  I like Jones at his price tonight and I will have shares of him tonight.

 

Cam Fowler – ANH vs LA – $4900

 

Fowler hasn’t been the definition of consistency this year but he has shown flashes of the huge offense he brings to the Ducks.  A matchup against Los Angeles is dangerous but Fowler has eight points in the last ten games. His shot volume is okay and blocks per game is not bad. The other concern may be lack of power play points but sometimes that is a luck of the draw.

 

Goalies

John Gibson – ANA vs LAK – $7900

Gibson should be a tournament play with upside geared towards the chances of a moderately high save count. Los Angeles can fire a lot of shots on net and Anaheim does play better at home. The goalie has been excellent in net all year. He has been a bit up and down lately but that Minnesota performance resonates. Against Florida, Gibson just had some bad luck. Los Angeles carries risk. It always does.

 

Mike Condon – OTT vs WPG – $8400 on FanDuel

 

Condon makes for an interesting play tonight as he is at home and facing a semi lethal offense. Both teams are capable of scoring goals but also can play a low scoring physical type of game. Condon has a .914 save percentage on the year but held the fort while starting 27 games when Craig Anderson was out for personal reasons. It all comes down to which team has a little bit more energy left.

 

Matt Murray – PIT vs DET – $8600

 

Murray has been spectacular at home which makes him a good cash play.  The Pens haven’t had any short of offense at home as they lead the league in goals for per game, averaging four goals per game.  Murray should see a decent amount of rubber tonight as the Pens do give up a bunch of shots on net, The question is what does Detroit have left in the tank after playing Washington yesterday. We sneak in the early slate play.

 

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Gibson then wait a little closer to confirmations. A lot of confirmations did not come in early. 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.

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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 on the social media. Good luck with tonight!