NHL Power Plays 2/6/17   

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 Monday so let’s get cracking on what happened yesterday then look forward to tonight. This will be fast.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the New York Rangers turned what should have been an easy home win over Calgary into a high paced game that resulted in seven goals combined. Henrik Lundqvist did make 29 saves in the win but allowed three goals. It was good production but not what was expected. Los Angeles laid an egg on Sunday against Washington and then there was Edmonton and Montreal. That wound up being a 1-0 final in a shootout. There always seems to be one clunker for offense on a Sunday lately. It was a dog day afternoon indeed.

What Went Right?

Hey, there was that seven goal game in Gotham. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller had multiple point games for the Rangers while Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk did for Calgary. Calgary’s second line did give New York fits all afternoon and that was not a surprise. Brett Connolly and Marcus Johansson had a couple points each for Washington. It was again that kind of afternoon. Philipp Grubauer was the star of the slate for goalies as he had a 38 save shutout which was good for 50 points on FanDuel. Let that sink in for a second. Sunday was one of those strange slates. Monday is much the same.

 

The Schedule For Monday, February 6, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
BuffaloNew Jersey7:00 PM
TorontoNY Islanders7:00 PM
St. LouisPhiladelphia7:00 PM
  • @ = No teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • * = NO third game in four nights
  • # = No teams coming off a bye week.

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Jack Eichel – $6800 – BUF vs NJD

Eichel is a risky play in cash and even in some GPP formats but is firing nearly five shots a night over his last 11 contests. He also has eight points in the last ten games. The problem is New Jersey has been on some run against Buffalo but New Jersey is 2-10-2 in their last 14 home games. Chances are always a given when the center plays and he will be dangerous against the Devils.

Tyler Bozak — $4700 – TOR vs NYI

Bozak is an excellent GPP play because the James van Riemsdyk line gives as much as it gets in the way of chances. They are fun to watch and again Bozak has points in three straight games. Shot volume is not so great at a hair less than two per contest. However, this Toronto line for better or for worse has potential to be solid tonight against an Islanders team that can be attacked from all angles. This has the likelihood of being a high event game.

 

Wingers

Anders Lee — $5000 – NYI vs TOR

Lee is a splendid play in tournaments and yet borderline chalky because Toronto is just expected to give up chances and at least 2-3+ goals. He has been riding some streak and even when John Tavares did not get any points on Saturday, Lee racked up two more. That gave him 11 points in his last ten contests on 43 shots. The Islanders are likely to match him up against the Bozak line. It is a case of the old offense versus offense. One is hoping for some fireworks here.

Taylor Hall — $6300 – NJD vs BUF

Hall will be a moderate risk GPP play on Monday against Buffalo because of New Jersey’s home woes. Most are going to look at the two goal (arguably three points) night with eight shots and instantly dismiss it. The good news is that Hall looked great against Calgary with an assist on five shots and four scoring chances. There is that hope which maybe can finally snap New Jersey out of its home doldrums and boost your daily fantasy bottom line.

Evander Kane — $5200 – BUF vs NJD

Kane is going to be a wildcard in tournaments tonight because he has upside from his ability to shoot from anywhere. He does play unbridled so the forward will tend to make considerable mistakes along the way. It is a risk some are willing to take for the price. There will be some that spend up for Wayne Simmonds or Jakob Voracek. Some may spend down to Miles Wood or Sam Reinhart. That is the intriguing part of tonight. There are a few more ways to go than people think. Even St. Louis wingers could be considered on a night like this because of the old poor penalty kill argument.

 

Defensemen

Colton Parayko — $4900 – STL vs PHI

Parayko has decent point potential against a Philadelphia team that just does not have a defensive clue or identity sometimes. He has four points in his last two games while averaging two shots per night and at least 1.5 blocks per night too. The defenseman does not have the greatest floor but the options are plentiful yet not that highly priced tonight. It is the kind of night where one can scour up and down to find value.

Mark Streit — $3900 – PHI vs STL

This could be an excellent GPP play but could blow up horribly in one’s face. Streit has 14 points at home in 22 games but only four points in his last 11 games. The defenseman is on one of the best power play units in the league but even the Flyers power play has struggled a little of late. St. Louis is a hard team to gauge but their body of work suggests a bad defense on the road. They allow nearly 3.5 goals per game away from home. Streit is a value option if one does not want to spend up to Nick Leddy or Rasmus Ristolainen, etc.

 

Goalies

Cory Schneider — $7600 – NJD vs BUF

Schneider should be a tournament play with upside geared towards the chances of a moderately high save count. Calgary fired 38 shots on Schneider last Friday in a 4-3 overtime win. The risk is obvious with New Jersey’s struggles at home. The idea is Buffalo can shoot the puck on the road and 30+ shots is not unreasonable to expect. Over his last ten starts, the goaltender has a 2.35 GAA and .928 save percentage though with an odd 4-2-3 record. It could be quite the crazy night for even this short of a slate.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Schneider then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one could even go with Michale Neuvirth or Thomas Greiss 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. It has been a factor of late. On the bright side, this slate will end before 10:00 PM ET.

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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!