NHL Power Plays 2/20/17

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, too many teams laid eggs in a variety of ways. There was no goaltending in the 6-4 shootout in Brooklyn and then Buffalo just bombed the second half of their game (a 5-1 loss to Chicago). Combine that with the 1-0 dud in Anaheim and there was much in the way of grumpy people. Ottawa lost three more players to injury which had an impact on those who played FanDuel’s early evening slate. Vancouver and Philadelphia had promise but the third period turned into a goose egg for both which helped no one.

What Went Right?

Hey, there were some nice goalie performances. John Gibson had a shutout over Los Angeles and Tuukka Rask stopped all but one shot in the win over the Sharks. After that, Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists in a losing effort for New Jersey. Kyle Palmieri tacked on a goal and assist. The good news was for long suffering Shayne Gostisbehere owners. He had three assists in the Philadelphia win over Vancouver. Curtis McElhinney provided an unexpected shutout in Carolina and Jonathan Drouin saved his night with an amazing overtime goal. Yes, Auston Matthews scored a cool goal and had a nice night but many Drouin owners were expecting at least a goal. They got it in dramatic fashion.

 

The Schedule For Monday, February 20, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
FloridaSt. Louis8:00 PM
Anaheim – @Arizona9:00 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

Martin Hanzal – $4700 – ARZ vs ANA

Hanzal is a solid play in cash and GPP formats. The Coyotes center has points in three of his last four games. There is the slight risk that he lays a doughnut though so keep that in mind. Anaheim can be a tough team to play against but they did just play Los Angeles on Sunday night. The first line is going to have some play. Ownership rates will be interesting on this one as they could be moderately high.

Aleksander Barkov — $6300 – FLA vs STL

Barkov is a good but almost chalky GPP play because of how hot the top line in Florida has been. In his last nine games, he has ten points on moderate shot volume. It is the previous four games with points in three that has turned heads even more. They wreaked havoc as the Los Angeles game went on and Barkov could have had more than a goal and assist even. St. Louis may have a tough time matching up with them at times. The Jonathan Huberdeau mini stack is quite possible but remember shot volume may only be moderate. If there are no points, then that could be a problem.

 

Wingers

Vladimir Tarasenko — $7500 – STL vs FLA

Tarasenko is a chalky play in tournaments because of his red hot streak (seven goals in nine games). The St. Louis sniper is shooting at just over three shots per night. One problem could be Florida’s attacking forecheck but their bottom six is vulnerable to counter attacks. This should be a chess match in St. Louis tonight. There is risk here and it could be a case of high risk / high reward.

Jakob Silfverberg — $6000 – ANA vs ARZ

Silfverberg will be a solid GPP play on Monday and he should be able to get at least several shots on the Arizona net. The Coyotes can give up 30+ shots at home with ease and the young Swedish winger has the speed on the perimeter to cause mistakes with the youthful Arizona team. Points have been non-existent twice in a row but the Anaheim forward has ten shots in that span. The second line will likely draw a favorable match-up too.

 

Defensemen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson — $4800 – ARZ vs ANA

Ekman-Larsson has point potential against an Anaheim team on the back end of a back to back. The upside is mitigated a little by the fact that Ekman-Larsson is just not scoring goals like he used to. Also, he is shooting less and blocking less shots. His floor is low by his standards when it comes to shots and blocked shots combined. Chances for an assist are elevated and he does have seven of those in the last nine games.

Cam Fowler — $5300 – ANA vs ARZ

This could be a very good GPP play but could end poorly. Last night, Fowler was excellent on both sides of the puck with three shots and four blocked shots. He nearly scored twice but was foiled by Peter Budaj. That was a tough game last night and the question always asked is how much does the defenseman have left in the tank? Fowler does have 23 road points in 34 games. He has no points in three previous meetings against Arizona but tonight might be that breakthrough. At least, his floor is decent enough.

 

Goalies

Mike Smith — $7200 – ARZ vs ANA

Smith has some potential for a high save count on Monday night but even that is risky. His price makes him attractive and will increase his ownership. The question is how much. He had a nasty time against San Jose giving up four goals but did win his previous three starts. If Smith faces 30+ shots, the play becomes better. If he does not, then look out! It could get ugly.

 

FantasyDraft Six Pack Of Gems

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

  1. Magnus Paajarvi – STL — $5700
  2. Christian Dvorak – ARZ — $6700
  3. Michael Matheson – FLA — $7300
  4. Luke Schenn – ARZ — $6300
  5. Nick Bjugstad – FLA — $7800
  6. Arizona Coyotes — Goalie — $14,200 (It’s that short of a slate)

 

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If for whatever reason, you are queasy on Smith 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.

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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!