NHL Power Plays – 3/15/17

This week’s schedule is a bit more back to normal. 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 four games on Wednesday. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, Los Angles had 46 shots on goal but only scored twice. They even lost in the shootout denying Ben Bishop what looked like a sure win in cash formats. Buffalo fired less than 20 shots on net last night which hurt quite a few people even Martin Jones owners to a point. Toronto went down to Florida and gave up seven goals. Craig Anderson had a sure win taken away from him when he pulled something early in the day and could not play on Tuesday. Carolina could not keep up their production as they only scored twice in an overtime loss to the Islanders. Also, Winnipeg and New Jersey were postponed. There could have been some real offense from that game.

What Went Right?

Hey, Alex Ovechkin finally scored a goal. It felt like forever (11 games) but it happened. Joe Pavelski scored twice in the San Jose Sharks 4-1 win over Buffalo. There were no shutouts but Braden Holtby had a great 34 save performance in Washington’s 4-2 win over Minnesota. Edmonton shook off the home cobwebs and dismantled Dallas 7-1 with a balanced effort. Florida, like we said, scored seven times against Toronto, and only gave up two. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists even with the injury to Artem Anisimov in the Blackhawks 4-2 win in Montreal.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
PittsburghPhiladelphia7:30 PM
BostonCalgary9:00 PM
DetroitColorado9:30 PM
St. LouisAnaheim10:00 PM

 

* = Back end of back to back.  @ = 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 four games starting at 7:30 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Travis Konecny (PHI) — $7800
  2. Dylan Larkin (DET) — $7900
  3. Mikko Rantanen (COL) — $7000
  4. David Perron (STL) — $8200
  5. Radko Gudas (PHI) — $6900
  6. Zdeno Chara (BOS) — $7900
  7. Boston Goaltending — $15,500 (it’s still high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Claude Giroux – $5800 – PHI vs PIT

Giroux is a risky play in all formats just because Philadelphia has had their issues against Pittsburgh this season. However, it is just contrarian enough not to be stupid. The expectation is for Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin to be higher owned and either one is a viable alternative. However, Phialdelphia’s power play is very good at home and there is point potential here.

Henrik Zetterberg — $5900 – DET vs COL

Zetterberg is a nice GPP play and cash option against Colorado on Wednesday. The center has 14 points in his last ten games and draws a prime match-up against Colorado. The Avalanche allow over three goals a game even at home and have a bottom five penalty kill. If anything can get Detroit’s power play going, it is that. Zetterberg should have plenty of chances to pad his stats on Wednesday and satisfy the DFS bottom line.

Nick Bonino — $4100 – PIT vs PHI

Bonino is a very risky GPP play on Wednesday against Philadelphia. His speed and craftiness is undisputed but his finishing ability can be erratic. When these two rivals get together, it is often the depth that rises to the surface. Yes, there are top line contributions but just enough scoring is possible for the lesser owned plays to get some action too.

 

Wingers

Conor Sheary — $6500 – MTL vs EDM

Sheary is a somewhat chalky play in tournaments and yet the temptation is extremely high to play him anyway. He has nine points in his last nine games which includes three goals. The winger has 29 shots over this span and is starting to develop his own game independent from the talent surrounding him. Sheary has slight power play potential but Pittsburgh may not utilize him quite enough there tonight. That remains to be seen.

Wayne Simmonds — $6100 – PHI vs PIT

Simmonds will be a moderate owned GPP play on Wednesday against Pittsburgh because the expectation is for this to be a high event game. Most will run right to this game due to the potential over/under, etc. However, the real reason is in these games, physicality leads to in close chances. Simmonds is one of the best at puck battles near the net. It is where he gets most of his goals. That is why he is valuable on a night like this.

Tomas Tatar — $4600 – DET vs NYR

Tatar is going to be decently owned in tournaments tonight because he is a lower cost alternative to so much of the chalk tonight. He has five goals and seven points in the last ten games while averaging over two shots a game. His production can be a bit erratic but on a night like this, dipping for value can be okay especially in one-off scenarios. The nice part is he will draw great match-ups because he is going to be matched up against the Avalanche. There is risk because of that erratic offense so options do exist like Frank Vatrano, Gabriel Landeskog, or even Anthony Mantha (highest risk).

 

Defensemen

Shayne Gostisbehere – PHI vs PIT – $4900

 

Gostisbehere is a slightly against the grain play tonight against Pittsburgh because of Philadelphia’s struggles. However, his shot volume is up markedly, blocks are modest but okay, and he has eight points in his last ten games. Again, power play and point potential are elevated to high here as Pittsburgh’s defense will allow shots. They did in their last meeting in Philadelphia to the tune of over 40 shots. Expect “The Ghost” to get his share of chances and shot attempts. Radko Gudas is a fun alternative for value relief.

 

Sami Vatanen – ANA vs STL- $3900

 

Vatanen sits at a solid price point tonight and is in play in GPP’s and Cash games. He has looked better in his previous four games with two points and 15 shots on goal. Again, a power play quarterback must facilitate but at even strength, his game had been in shambles most of this season. Vatanen is a puck mover and shoots often off the rush or roaming. That is just his game. St. Louis can give up goals on the road and Anaheim is looking over its shoulder so expect some more urgency tonight.

 

 

Goalies

Anton Khudobin – BOS vs CGY – $7400

Khudobin should be our highest risk power play ever as he could be a hybrid (cash/GPP). The concern is the save volume which may be moderate at best. Boston has shown a tendency to control shot attempts on the road against equal or superior opponents. Calgary is on some roll right now and the temptation is to roll Brian Elliott and rightly so. However, as we saw last night, Ben Bishop was owned in 34% of late hammer slates and Louis Domingue was at 1%. Guess who won? Yes, it was Domingue. The emphasis here is on how much of a risk it is. Discussion will be on social media for pivots.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Khudobin 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!