NHL Power Plays 2/27/17      

This week’s schedule is up and down because of the bye weeks. 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 Monday. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the Oscars were not the only thing that went wrong on Sunday night. Buffalo started out well but blew a 2-0 lead in the third period. Martin Hanzal was not there because he was traded to Minnesota. Ben Bishop was traded to Los Angeles which affects tonight’s slate somewhat. Minnesota plays Los Angeles by the way. Henrik Lundqvist let five past him against Columbus but was not pulled this time. Nashville had another wild evening as Pekka Rinne gave up four goals this time. Florida and Ottawa only combined for three goals. The Blues top guns did not show up against Chicago. It was just that kind of night in the NHL. The early games had more intrigue for different reasons.

What Went Right?

Hey, that early slate was hotter than anything. The main slate did have its moments as the Nashville first line did decent with James Neal as a surprise (three assists). Jonathan Toews had a goal and assist. Craig Anderson stopped all but one shot in the Ottawa win. Radim Vrbata and Max Domi chipped in with a goal and assist in that Arizona win. Jack Eichel also had multiple points. Again, the surprise was in New York with Columbus running away with a 5-2 win. That was capped off by the two goals from Cam Atkinson. Alexander Wennberg also had two goals in the road victory. Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 stops while allowing only two goals.

 

The Schedule For Monday, February 27, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
MontrealNew Jersey7:00 PM
Ottawa @*Tampa Bay7:30 PM
Los AngelesMinnesota8:00 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 and DraftKings are running a normal main slate of three games starting at 7:00 PM ET. Kyle Quincey is being held out already for New Jersey as a trade is possible. Do not be surprised to see more scenarios like this. Not everyone will be traded but it will have an impact in fantasy hockey. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Andrew Shaw (MTL) — $7400
  2. Zack Smith (OTT) — $7900
  3. Miles Wood (NJD) — $7100
  4. Dustin Brown (LAK) — $8100
  5. John Moore (NJD) — $5900
  6. Andrei Markov (MTL) — $8000
  7. New Jersey Goaltending — $14,300 (it’s high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Jeff Carter – $7200 – LAK vs MIN

Carter is a contrarian play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because he comes off a hot third period against Anaheim on Saturday. This is a big clash on Monday as both teams loaded up with acquisitions before the trade deadline. The center has nine points in the last ten contests. His line could be a tough one for Minnesota to contain possession wise and more.

Alex Galchenyuk — $6000 – MTL vs NJD

Galchenyuk is a solid GPP play and cash option against New Jersey on Monday. Even most people acknowledge how bad the Devils are at home. The last time against New Jersey, Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists. Top lines have been a huge problem for New Jersey to contain. Their penalty kill is particularly brutal at home which adds to the intrigue of Galchenyuk and a potential first line stack here.

Travis Zajac — $4400 – NJD vs MTL

Zajac is a nice GPP play because of his chemistry with Taylor Hall. For better or for worse, this is the best line stack option from New Jersey. Even this is risky and that is why trying a mini stack is more palatable in order to spend up. There are many options here but Zajac does have nine points in his last ten games. It may be worth it to try him one more time on Monday.

 

Wingers

Mikael Granlund — $6500 – MIN vs LAK

Granlund is a somewhat chalky play in tournaments and yet the temptation is extremely high to play him anyway. He has 12 points in his last ten games which includes seven goals. Granlund also has points in three straight contests. His ability to work in all areas especially behind the net is fascinating. He was destined to break out and this year, the forward has just kept right on producing. For those worried about dollars, Jason Pominville or Tyler Toffoli are decent spend downs on Monday.

Zack Smith — $4000 – OTT vs TAM

Smith will be a value cash/GPP play on Monday against Tampa Bay because of goal potential. He does have two goals in his last four games but has been producing more scoring chances again. Tampa will not have Ben Bishop in net and the going theory here is that Tampa might give up a few goals tonight. Ottawa may too. There is some potential for surprises here.

Nikita Kucherov — $7300 – TAM vs OTT

Kucherov is going to be a bit high owned in tournaments tonight because he is likely to face Mike Condon in net and not Craig Anderson. Again, that is the going assumption. Kucherov has nine points in his last ten games and has goals in his last two games. He has had high event output in the last three contests. Tampa will sacrifice defense for offense so that is why the winger has a slightly elevated goal potential.

 

Defensemen

Shea Weber – MTL vs NJD – $6000

 

Weber is a play tonight against New Jersey simply because of that shot on the power play. In two meetings, the defenseman has nine shots on goal and a goal. The Devils do not block a ton of shots at times and Cory Schneider has had some difficulty stopping shots from the point. We have seen this time and time again. Andrei Markov could be a good pivot if the price is too high here.

 

Dion Phaneuf – OTT vs TAM- $4400

 

Phaneuf sits at a decent price point tonight and is in play in GPP’s and Cash games. He looked better against Florida but was not rewarded on a few good looks. The defenseman did manage five blocked shots and a shot on goal. He may have to block several more tonight against the triplets from Tampa Bay. Again, his shot always has potential to create an opportunity for a goal. His floor is solid still.

 

 

 

Goalies

Al Montoya – MTL vs NJD – $7600

Montoya should be a cash play with upside geared towards the chances of a moderate save count and the chances of a win. He has not started in a while but had an easy effort the last time in New Jersey as Montreal won 3-1. The goalie has been mediocre on the road overall but New Jersey has just five home wins in its last 20 games in Newark. New Jersey has shown a little more pace since then but does have issues against teams who play a counterattacking style.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Montoya 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 like the mumps. 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!