NHL Power Plays 3/1/17      

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. Keep in mind that today is the NHL Trade Deadline.

There are just two games on Wednesday. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, Montreal and Columbus bored us to tears and then Dallas did not get the Benneguin’s production (Benn and Seguin) most were expecting. Pittsburgh blew a 2-0 lead in the third period for the first time in forever. The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist laid another egg at home after a solid start against Washington. However, Alex Ovechkin continued his kind of disappearing act. Devan Dubnyk wound up having to come in for Minnesota and poached a win last night. Few expected the game to go quite to that extreme. Even that late hammer did not materialize at all as both later games went low scoring and hit the under.

What Went Right?

Hey, quite a few games went as expected. Philadelphia showed up to shut out Colorado as Wayne Simmonds went off for a couple goals. Nashville and Buffalo combined for nine goals. Minnesota and Winnipeg combined for 11 goals. Filip Forsberg has ten goals in his last five games and Mikael Granlund had three points in the first period alone. Mini stacks from each game and Carey Price led to some very high scores. Cam Talbot did what he does best as he gave up only one goal in another big road win. It was just one of those nights. Wednesday is much more quiet.

 

The Schedule For Monday, February 27, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Carolina @*Tampa Bay7:00 PM
Pittsburgh*Chicago8:00 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 two games starting at 7:00 PM ET. Do not be surprised to see more scenarios like this where players cannot accrue points due to a trade today. 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. Brayden Point (TAM) — $7900
  2. Nick Schmaltz (CHI) — $8500
  3. Carl Hagelin (PIT) — $7800
  4. Lee Stempniak (CAR) — $6800
  5. Ian Cole (PIT) — $7700
  6. Jaccob Slavin (CAR) — $6900
  7. Chicago Goaltending — $16,500 (Not that risky and not a value truthfully!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Brayden Point – $4000 – TAM vs CAR

Point is a dicey play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because he does not shoot a ton. When a player averages a shot a game, one is banking on point potential. This may be a bad pun but the center does have eight points in his last ten games. He will get chances on the power play and even strength against a possibly tired Carolina team. Did we mention that price relief?

Jonathan Toews — $6800 – CHI vs PIT

Toews is a chalk play on Wednesday against Pittsburgh. He is atomic hot of late with seven goals and 18 points in his last ten games. This is not a misprint. The center is shooting the puck more and getting pucks on net at a much better rate. He is averaging 3.5 shots a game over the last dozen contests. His linemates, particularly Nick Schmaltz will help in some price relief for mini stacks, etc.

 

Wingers

Jake Guentzel — $4500 – PIT vs CHI

Guentzel is a somewhat risky play in tournaments and yet there is point potential anyway. Chicago and Pittsburgh could be the higher scoring game of the two contests tonight and Guentzel has four points in his last four games. He played almost 20 minutes on Tuesday against Dallas and appeared to handle it well. If the winger gets those minutes again, his speed and hands may strike again.

Nikita Kucherov — $7300 – TAM vs OTT

Kucherov is going to be high owned in tournaments tonight because he is could face Eddie Lack in net. Again, that is the going assumption. Kucherov had four points and a hat trick in his last game against Ottawa. He has 41 shots on goal in the last ten games. He is in the top five in the league when it comes to scoring chances for per 60 in the second half. It is hard to stay away from him tonight but watch for linemates from even the first unit power play.

 

Defensemen

Ian Cole – PIT vs CHI – $4000

 

Cole is a borderline value play tonight against Chicago because of his solid floor. He may take more of an offensive role again if Kris Letang is still out. Either way, it will not take much for him to hit value. That is the key on a night like this. Do not overthink it and just go along for the ride. Wednesday will feature a lot of value hunting.

 

Victor Hedman – TAM vs CAR- $6600

 

Hedman sits at a chalky price point tonight and is still in play in GPP’s and Cash games. He has looked much better over the last ten games with ten points. Hedman has not scored in the previous four contests but has this ability to hit the net low on the power play. His last three points have been on the power play which is a plus. Carolina’s penalty kill is very good but Tampa’s power play at home is one of the best in the league.

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy – TAM vs CAR – $8200

Vasilevskiy should be an all-around play with upside geared towards the chances of a moderate save count and the chances of a win. He played well on Monday against Ottawa stopping all but one shot. With Ben Bishop in Los Angeles now, maybe there is more of a peace as the goalie is the undisputed number one not looking over his shoulder. Looking at Scott Darling tonight is also a possibility as Corey Crawford is still battling the flu.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Vasilevskiy or Darling 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 and we will keep you updated on the latest from the NHL Trade Deadline!