NHL Power Plays 2/21/17

Tuesday night’s bring us the best slates for NHL usually, and tonight is no different.  There are nine games on tap for tonight, and the DFS sites have laid out massive contests for us to play while NBA is still in the All-Star break.  This is a great time for us to be playing dfs because a lot of casual players want to play NHL as there is no other options, and we can benefit from the extra knowledge.  If you’re also a newer player to NHL DFS there are a couple videos that you can check out for basic gameplay strategy HERE, or you can also get more advanced game theory and advanced analytics introduction from Fanvice’s own Steve Bauer a.k.a Homercles’ Fanvice University presentation video HERE.  I highly suggest you check out both videos, they are very informative and help you get a leg up on the competition.  Now let’s see if we can help you find that play or two that will help you bink that big GPP tonight.  Here are your Power Plays for Tuesday night, good luck!

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Schedule for Tuesday February 21st 2017

AWAYHOMETIME
MontrealNY Rangers7:00 PM
OttawaNew Jersey7:00 PM
PittsburghCarolina7:00 PM
EdmontonTampa Bay7:30 PM
NY IslandersDetroit7:30 PM
WinnipegToronto7:30 PM
CalgaryNashville8:00 PM
ChicagoMinnesota8:00 PM
Los AngelesColorado9:00 PM

 

CENTERS

Nazem Kadri – TOR vs WPG – $6,100

You are going to want some exposure to this game tonight, as this game will most likely be the highest o/u of the night.  Kadri has been en-fuego lately tallying a point in every game except one in his past nine games.  He is currently riding a four game point streak with multiple points in two of them.  He has been the shutdown line at home but they still spread him out once in a while to let him play against depth lines also.  Kadri is a fast physical player and he has been seeing the open ice.  He makes for a nice little stack with his line mate Josh Leivo, but he will most likely be pretty popular at his price tag especially with both guys playing together on even strength and the power play, but I’m willing to differentiate my lines elsewhere.   Winnipeg takes the fifth most penalties in the league, and they are also bad at killing them as they are tied for the third worst penalty kill in the league with a 77.1% kill rate.

Jeff Carter – LA @ COL – $7,400

Carter and the Kings are the definition of “Late Night Hammer” tonight.  They are playing in the last game of the night, and they have the juiciest match up possible against Colorado.  Carter and Tanner Pearson have been the backbone of the Kings in terms of production, Carter has 13 points in his last ten games, and he also has been firing the puck at will with a  4.3 shots on goal average in that time.  The Kings are the second best possession team in the league with a 54.9CF% and the Avalanche are a very poor possession team with a 47.4CF%.  As if it couldn’t get any worse for the Avs, Colorado has  lost another one of their top defenseman Nikita Zadorov for the rest of the year with a fractured ankle in practice.  The kings should be all over the Avs tonight, the question is, how will the ownership % be?  I think more people will be leaning towards the Anze Kopitar line because they will get to stay away from the Avs top line, but none of the lines worry me because the Carter line is too skilled for the MacKinnon line.

Henrik Zetterberg – DET vs NYI – $5,400

Zetterberg has turned his play up recently coming off of two games with multiple points in a row.  The Wings have had a shaky year this year and it looks like they are on the road to missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.  But tonight Zetterberg sits in a pretty solid spot.  The Islanders really only have one threatening line which is the Tavares line, and they lack positional depth.  Per Corsica.hockey, on the road, the Islanders  are giving up the second most scoring chances with a 10.07 SCA/60.  The Islanders are also giving up the third most shots on net and the sixth most goals against.  All signs point towards the Zetterberg line having a solid night tonight, as they should avoid the Tavares line and have plus matchups all night.  Zetterberg pairs up nicely with Anthony Mantha who play together on even strength and the Power play.  Detroit also ranks 24th on the penalty kill on the road with a 78.4% kill rate. This could be a sneaky pairing tonight with all the other nice spots.

Mike Fisher – NSH vs CGY – $3,700

Fisher makes for an interesting punt tonight as a lot of people will be gravitating to the top line of the Preds for matchup reasons with last change and staying away from Mikael Backlund.  Fishers price makes him playable tonight because the Flames are giving up a ton of penalties on the road, averaging just over 12 minutes of penalties per game.  Fisher centers the second unit on the man advantage, and he is averaging 2:32 of power play time which will most likely go up tonight with the amount of penalties the Flames take.  Fisher is also averaging over three shots on net per game over the last ten games, if he can sneak a point in tonight against the Flames he could pay that salary off without a problem.

WINGERS

Patrick Laine – WPG @ TOR – $6,600

Laine has been on fire lately with a four game point streak and three of them have been multiple point games.  Laine is proving why he was drafted number 2, giving fellow rookie Austin Matthews a real good run for the rookie of the year.  Laine has 12 point sin his last ten games, and he is isn’t afraid to let the cannon loose with an average of three shots on net per game.  Laine should be able to get free for a couple opportunities tonight as the Leafs love to play fast and push the pace, but they make a lot of mistakes.  Toronto is giving up 32.4 shots on net per game at home which is the fourth most, and they also rank 22nd in goals against with a 2.79GAA.  The alarming stat to me is the penalty kill, the Leafs had the third best penalty kill in the league leading up to the All-Star break. But in the ten games since then they have fell off a cliff with the third worst in the league with a 76.7% kill rate.  This game has a massive total and I want pieces of each side as it should be a shootout, so im attacking the special teams.

Tanner Pearson – LA @ COL – $5,700

Pearson has been playing solid hockey with seven points in his last four games playing alongside Jeff Carter.  The matchup tonight against the Avs is just too good to pass up and I’m leaning on the current production that has been steady.  Pearson also has fourteen shots on net in that span with a power play goal.  Colorado is in total disarray now that they lost another defenseman, and I’m expecting a one sided contest tonight.  Colorado is giving up the fifth most penalties at home, and they are also bad on the kill with an 80.6% kill rate. Not much more to say here.

Patrick Hornqvist – PIT @ CAR – $6,600

Hornqvist is in an interesting spot tonight as the Pens are on the road against the Canes, who are usually known for playing a good shut down game and limiting chances from the opposition.  But for some reason the Canes are giving up way too many scoring chances.  Carolina is averaging 9.99SCA/60 at home, and against the Penguins that could be disastrous, the Penguins create the second most chances in the league behind the Maple Leafs, with a 10.1 SCF/60.  The Canes will do everything they can to shut down the Crosby line, but they will have  their hands full with Hornqvist.  Hornqvist is a big bodied guy that makes his living in front of the net and he doesn’t move.  He gets tons of opportunities for tip ins and rebounds, and if the Canes have trouble controlling the pucks and limiting attempts tonight Hornqvist could have a nice night.

Victor Arvidsson – NSH vs CGY – $5,700

It sounds kinda crazy that Nashville wasn’t giving Arvidsson the amount of run he deserved early in the year, but they finally realized this kid has tons of talent.  Arvidsson has made his way all the way up to the top line and he is also playing on the power play also.  He leads the preds with 179 shots on goal, which is kind of alarming given he was only getting ten to 11 minutes of ice time per game early in the year.  Also with a minimum of 500 minutes played Per Puckalytics, Arvidsson is fifth in the NHL with an individual Corsi rating of 19.28 I/CF,  the kid has talent.  Calgary takes a lot of penalties and the Bridgestone Arena is a very hard place to play in as a visitor.  Nashville should be able to light the lamo a couple times tonight.

Zach Smith – OTT @ NJ – $3,900

Ryan Dzingel – OTT @ NJ – $3,500

I’m writing both of these guys up because the Senators are dealing with injuries and it looks as though Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman could be sidelined for tonight’s game against the Devils, which kinda sucks because I liked them a lot tonight.  But if they don’t play, you can find some solid value in Smith and Dzingel as they should get a boost up to a power play line and that’s where the Devils are having troubles.  Even at home, the Devils are giving up just shy of three goals per game, and their penalty kill has been awful at just a 73.3% kill rate, which is now the third worst in the league.  If you need to save salary I don’t mind here guys as a one off.

DEFENSEMAN

Dustin Byfuglien – WPG @ TOR – $6,200

Byfuglien is going to see a boost in usage if that’s even possible with Jacob Trouba sitting out with a suspension.  “Big Buff” is leading the league in ice time per game, and the Jets lean heavily on him for production from the point and his quarterbacking ability on the power play.  Byfuglien has a three game point streak rolling into tonight and he has a very good chance at making four.  Toronto takes a ton of shots which gives Byfuglien extra chances for blocks, and the Leafs also give up a ton of shots.  With Byfuglien getting so much ice time and power play time he is bound to be involved in scoring chances, and the Leafs are having a rough go at it with their penalty kill now so I like Byfuglien’s chances at tallying a point.

Victor Hedman – TB vs EDM – $6,000

Hedman looks to be back to his old self as he has averaged about just over six SHOCKS (shots & blocks) per game in the last four.  Hedman is finally taking over and pushing pace on the offensive side, and its helping the Lightning on the scoreboard.  Tonight Edmonton is most likely throwing Laurent Brossoit out there between the pipes, and that could be a great thing for the lightning.  Edmonton also has tendencies to break down and give chances up, and their penalty kill has been bottom ten.  Brossoit could be in trouble if the Lightning keep playing like they have been for the past couple nights.

Nikita Zaitsev – TOR vs WPG – $4,400

Zaitsev was moved up to the top power play unit and makes for a cost effective play tonight, and it helps that he plays for a team that shoots a ton and can score in bunches.  Winnipeg takes a lot of penalties so Zaitsev should get ample of opportunities to mark the score sheet tonight on the extra man advantage.  Even an assist with some shots will work at his price.

Niklas Hjalmarsson – CHI @ MIN – $3,400

Hjalmarsson saves you some cap tonight to fit the studs in that we all want and makes for an interesting   play tonight.  The Hammer is the best shot blocker In the league, and tonight he should see plenty of rubber to help Crawford as the Wild average more than 30 shots on net.  He has been logging big minutes and he kills every penalty, which only helps him add up blocks.  If Hjalmarsson can pitch in with a point tonight he will smash value.

 

GOALIES

Devin Dubnyk – MIN vs CHI – $7,600

Dubnyk has been solid at home with an 18-6-0 record at home, and he has a tough test ahead of him tonight.  The Hawks have been playing very well, but the Wild are a different monster at home.  Dubnyk has a 1.8GAA  and a .930 save % at home, that’s sick.  Dubnyk should see tons of rubber tonight, but with the Wild also shoring up their defense with the return of Matt Dumba, the win is definitely in play.

Pekka Rinne – NSH vs CGY – $8,100

Rinne has played well at home and he is starting to play better altogether.  He has a solid 2.19GAA with a .921 save %.  Tonight he should see about 30 shots or so and if the Preds can contain the top two lines Rinne should have a very nice night. It looks that the Flames will deploy Brian Elliot who has played decent recently but his road numbers are pretty sub par.  The Preds should be able to get enough goals to help Rinne tonight if he does let one by.