NHL Power Plays 2/22/17

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 three games on Wednesday 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. The name Pekka Rinne will be launched into the lexicon of bad forever after that clunker of a performance last night where he got pulled. Then Nashville predictably came back only to lose in overtime right? New Jersey found a way to lose to a completely undermanned team (again tough building). There was just some seriously bad luck and lines just missing last night. Yet, there was a good bit that went right.

What Went Right?

Hey, there were some nice goalie performances. Peter Budaj, Matt Murray, and Craig Anderson all did well in net. Anderson was our other pick just because of New Jersey’s home woes. It was a gamble but somehow it worked. Then there was the triplets line for Tampa Bay which accounted for all four Tampa goals in some form or another. Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik struck again as Toews got a hat trick and Panik had multiple points. Then there was a walk down memory lane as Filip Forsberg had a hat trick as well. Patrik Laine and Leo Komarov both had two goals during a wild game in Toronto. There was a lot of good spread out in that nine game slate…almost too much. Now, it is schedule time.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, February 22, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Edmonton – @Florida7:30 PM
WashingtonPhiladelphia8:00 PM
BostonAnaheim10:30 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

Ryan Spooner – $3600 – BOS vs ANA

Spooner is a solid play in GPP formats. The Bruins center has points in three consecutive 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 Boston is a heavy puck possession team. Spooner has even more value especially if the top lines from each team cancel each other out. Spooner also has eight points in his last ten games while slowly increasing his shot volume. The coaching change has helped a little.

Aleksander Barkov — $6400 – FLA vs EDM

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 keep finding ways to score and Edmonton on a back to back makes them a little more attractive. Jonathan Huberdeau will still be an intriguing mini stack option. The only dilemma is that there are several high priced mini stack options tonight but watch the Florida third line tonight for some relief.

 

Wingers

Wayne Simmonds — $6200 – PHI vs WSH

Simmonds is a goal upside play in tournaments because of his hot streak (six goals in nine games). The Philadelphia sniper has fired 15 shots in his last four games. One problem could be Washington’s balance but the Flyers have looked more cohesive on offense in the past few contests. Simmonds has 20 power play points on the year. On a rivalry night, do not be surprised if the power plays heat up in Philadelphia along with the physical play.

Frank Vatrano — $4400 – BOS vs ANA

Vatrano will be a decent GPP play on Wednesday and he should be able to get at least several shots on the Anaheim net. The Ducks are vulnerable to teams who can generate puck possession and chances like the Los Angeles Kings and yes the Boston Bruins. There are counters to this like Anaheim’s second line wingers. They should be able to generate chances against Boston’s second line. It is a little give and take but “Frank The Tank” is a viable play.

 

Defensemen

Shayne Gostisbehere — $4500 – PHI vs WSH

Gostisbehere has point and shot potential against a Washington team that can get sucked into how Philadelphia plays. “The Ghost” has his best game of the season with three assists on Sunday against Vancouver. The last three or four games have seen the defenseman we saw last season. There is also the thing of trying to squeeze out a little price relief at any turn. That is tougher to do on shorter slates typically because everyone is on it.

Oscar Klefbom — $5000 – EDM vs FLA

This could be a very good GPP play but could end poorly. Last night, Klefbom had a goal taken away but still got an assist and three shots on net in the 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay. It is difficult to go back to the well on the back end of a back to back but why not. The Oilers are young enough and angry enough after last night to give a more spirited effort. This puts some Edmonton guys in play but more in a one-off sense. Again, remember pricing is more dynamic in short slates and sometimes not as soft.

 

Goalies

Cam Talbot — $7300 – EDM vs FLA

Talbot has some potential for a high save count on Wednesday night but even that is risky. His price makes him attractive and will increase his ownership. The question is how much. Talbot has seen 75 shots over his last two starts and stopped 71. He could be in for another night like that tonight given Florida averages over 33 shots per game in its last half dozen home contests. Talbot is also 15-6-5 on the road with a 2.14 GAA and .928 save percentage.

 

FantasyDraft Six Pack Of Gems

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

  1. Mark Letestu – EDM —
  2. Frank Vatrano – BOS
  3. Michael Matheson – FLA
  4. Ryan Spooner – BOS
  5. Nick Bjugstad – FLA
  6. Phialdelphia Flyers– Goalie (It’s that short of a slate)

 

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If for whatever reason, you are queasy on Talbot 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!