NHL Power Plays 2/2/17
The NHL schedule is a little wacky as we came out of All-Star break with a MASSIVE 14 game slate, then yesterday they threw us a three game slate, now tonight we get back to a normalized eight game slate. The point of this article is to bring some attention to some players that I think could be part of your winning GPP lineups. There aren’t any teams playing on a back to back tonight and everyone should be pretty fresh, so let’s dig into the plays for tonight! Good luck!
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Schedule for Thursday February 2nd, 2017
|NY Rangers||Buffalo||7:30 PM|
|Ottawa||Tamp Bay||7:30 PM|
|Toronto||St. Louis||9:00 PM|
|San Jose||Vancouver||10:00 PM|
Draftkings pricing will be used unless noted otherwise.
Mark Schiefele – WPG @ DAL – $6,200
Schiefele has been on absolute fire lately with 14 points in his last ten games, and he is coming off two games with multiple points. Schiefele is in the zone right now and I will be riding his streak tonight as he has a great history against the Stars this year also. Schiefele has played three games against the Stars and he has three goals and three assists. Not that history has a ton to do with the matchup, but the Stars penalty kill is just awful, and that’s where I want to attack them. Schiefele might go under owned tonight because he plays on the second power play unit but that’s perfectly fine with me. This game could also be a shootout, and could make for a great game stack.
Derek Stepan – NYR @ BUF – $6,700
Stepan has been playing solid hockey lately with seven points in as many games. The only issue is the Rangers have decided to split the lines up with Stepan now centering what was the second line, and Mika Zibanejad centering the top line. I still like Stepan tonight, as he should get Rick Nash some motivation and help that line produce points. Stepan still plays on the top power play unit with his old line mates, and that’s where I’m looking to pick on the Sabres. Buffalo has the worst penalty kill in the league besides the Stars with a 74.3% kill rate and they are allowing the second most shots on net per game, giving up 33.3 per game. I am thinking that Buffalo with match the O’reilly line up with the Kreider – Zibanejad – Zuccarello line, leaving the top line to matchup with the Eichel line, which is the worst defensive unit. Even if they don’t match up that way, I’m still targeting the power plays so it doesn’t make or break my decision making. The Rangers can fill the net up on nights and tonight could be one of those nights.
Nazem Kadri – TOR @ STL – $6,100
Kadri is riding a nice little five game point streak, and he is maturing into a solid two way teammate. Kadri has been producing with not only shots but he has been a great facilitator. St. Louis is usually know as a shutdown team and we usually don’t pick on them, but this year their defense had made costly mistakes over and over and their goaltending has suffered also. Not to mention the Blues play has also lead to the Firing of coach Ken Hitchcock, leaving Mike Yeo in charge. It remains to be seen what that means, and a test against the Offensive Juggernaut Maple Leafs is going to be a tough one. Kadri should get the depth matchups tonight as they are on the road and the Blues will try to keep Tarasenko away from him, so I like me some Kadri tonight.
Vladislov Namestnikov – TB vs OTT – $4,000
Namestnikov can save you some salary tonight and he sits in a decent spot also. Playing back on the top line again for the Bolts he should get plenty of chances and opportunities next to Nikita Kucherov. He will also play alongside Kucherov on the second power play unit. Ottawa makes mistakes and they can be had, their defense lacks depth and they can give up some high dangerous shots. I like a little Namestnikov tonight. .
Calle Jarnkrok – NSH vs EDM – $3,500
Jarnkrok makes for a nice GPP dart tonight as he has five points in his last three games. He is playing on the depth lines so he will se great matchups tonight against the Oilers, and he is also playing on the second power play unit. He has been rewarded for his solid play by receiving a big boost in ice time, averaging about 17 minutes over the last six games. If your looking for salary cap relief Jarnkrok is your guy. You can even stack him up with James Neal if you want as they play together on the third line.
Tyler Seguin _ DAL vs WPG – $7,300
Seguin is rolling along on the year with two multiple point games in a row, despite his team being horrible defensively. He is averaging 3.5 shots on net per game and he is always a candidate with hat trick upside every night he plays.
Blake Wheeler – WPG @ DAL – $6,400
Wheeler has four points in his last three games and makes for a solid play tonight against the Stars. Wheeler is getting plenty of ice time and his shot totals are very nice, he is averaging 4.3 shots per game over the last ten games. Wheeler is also a big part of the Jets offense on the power play which like I said earlier, I want to attack.
Joe Pavelski – SJ @ VAN – $7,200
Pavelski is riding a three game point streak with six points in those three and he has a nice matchup tonight against the Canucks. Vancouver is in the bottom ten in goals allowed per game, shots allowed per game and on the penalty kill. You can attack this Canucks team in several ways, but I suggest getting the most exposure to the power play lines as there are extra chances and opportunities. The Sharks should be all over the Canucks tonight and Pavelski will definitely have something to do with it.
Max Pacioretty – MTL @ PHI – $7,000
Pacioretty is the heart of the Habs and he is leaned heavily on to produce. He is coming off of a hat trick game so he might be a little inflated on the ownership, but he is still in a great spot tonight against the Flyers. Philadelphia gave up the seventh most goals of the month in January, and their goaltending has been very inconsistent. The Flyers are also in the bottom ten of SCA/60 giving up 8.19 chances. Tonight should be a fast game and Pacioretty could be in for a good night, I could definitely see playing a top line stack of the Habs tonight on the road as a somewhat sneaky play.
Filip Forsberg – NSH vs EDM – $5,800
Forsberg has been pretty inconsistent this year but he has played better recently with seven points in his last ten games. He has a ton of talent and upside if he could just bring a little more to the table, and tonight he has a solid spot. His shot volume has been there as he has 22 shots on goal in his last four games. Edmonton continues to stack the top line up and they have depth issues. With the Preds getting last change I would think that they keep the top line away from the McDavid line, which will be a plus matchup with any other line. The oilers have been getting bailed out a low from their goaltending as they are giving up the fifth most scoring chances in the league. I don’t mind a Forsberg power play stack tonight for lower ownership.
Brent Burns – SJ @ VAN – $8,200
Burns is expensive, but his upside is massive. He leads the whole league in shots on goal, and he is pretty much a forward out there playing defense. Burns also doesn’t mind blocking shots which only makes his floor higher. If you can afford him he is a great play against the Canucks tonight, but ill be gravitating to the next guy on this write up.
Dustin Byfuglien – WPG @ DAL – $5,900
Byfuglien saves you over 2k from Burns if you decide to roll him out tonight and he has major upside tonight, this is the way I will be leaning. Byfuglien leads the league in ice time so far this year and he has stepped up his offensive side of his game. Big Buff is averaging over 3 shots on net per game, logging a massive 27.2 minutes of ice time, and he doesn’t mind blocking a couple shots. He quarterbacks the top power play unit for the Jets also. Dallas is giving up 31 shots on net at their home building, and their penalty kill is awful. Look for “Big Buff” to let the cannon loose a bunch tonight. You can also look to Jacob Trouba who plays on the second unit who has also stepped his game up and has been firing the puck a bunch lately averaging just over three shots per game and just shy of two blocks.
John Klingberg – DAL vs WPG – $4,800
Klingberg is having a really inconsistent year and he hasn’t had the offense that he is known to bring, but he does have a couple assists in his last two games. He plays a solid amount of minutes and he is still seeing time on the top power play unit, and tonight could be a good night for him. Winnipeg is the second most penalized team in the league, and they also have a tough time killing them off as they rank 27th with a 77% kill rate. Tonight is a night where Klingberg should get on the board, and like I said earlier this game should be a high scoring affair.
Mattias Ekholm – NSH vs EDM – $3,700
Ekholm is a great salary relief play tonight as he plays on the top power play unit for the Preds also. He only has three points in his last ten games but his shot volume has been solid and he has blocked about a shot per game. If you want to fits studs in your lineup you need to find low priced guys that have some upside to produce and I think Ekholm can do that for you tonight. If you have the salary you could also look to Ryan Ellis.
Pekka Rinne – NSH vs EDM – $7,600
Rinne has been inconsistent this year but at home he has been good with a 2.18GAA and a .922 save %. The Preds are a team that just plays better at home with a record of 13-5-6. Edmonton is going to put a lot of shots on net tonight and If Rinne can hold on for the victory like I think he can, he should have a great night.
Antti Raanta – NYR @ BUF – $7,800
Raanta has been super solid on the road this year with a 4-1-0 record and he actually has beeter numbers away than at home with 2.15GAA and a .930 save %. He makes for a good GPP play tonight as he is on the road and personally I think the Rangers can steal one in Buffalo tonight. The Rangers have a heavy arsenal and they can fill the net up in a hurry, and if they get enough power plays they will make the Sabres pay dearly. Raanta is in a solid spot tonight.