NHL Power Plays 3/2/17      

Thursdays nights are usually the bigger slates of the week, and this week is no different with a Ten game slate.  Trades were coming fast and furious before the deadline on Wednesday, there are a ton of players that have been traded as teams look to jockey in position for playoff races.  Rest shouldn’t be a big issue tonight because no one is playing on a back to back, but there are a couple teams playing their third game in four nights. The purpose of this article is to try to find a couple plays that will help you bring down hat big GPP tournament.  So Let’s dig in and see what stands out for us.  Here are your power plays for tonight, good luck!

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Schedule for Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

ArizonaBuffalo7:00 PM
FloridaPhiladelphia7:00 PM
Minnesota*Columbus7:00 PM
New JerseyWashington7:00 PM
NY RangersBoston7:00 PM
OttawaColorado7:30 PM
NashvilleMontreal*7:30 PM
NY IslanderDallas8:30 PM
TorontoLos Angeles*10:30 PM
VancouverSan Jose10:30 PM

*Third game in four nights

Prices referenced are DraftKings unless otherwise noted


Jack Eichel – BUF vs ARI – $7,600

Eichel has been amazing lately with at least a point in every game except on in his last ten games.  Eichel also has been averaging just barely shy of four shots on net per game over that span.  Eichel gets to take on the Coyotes tonight who have pretty much mailed the season in after trading away one of their top players Martin Hanzal.  The Coyotes are just a bad team, they are giving up 11.08 SCA/60 which is the worst in the league by far and they are also giving up over 34 shots on net and over 3.5 goals per game.  This game sets up real nice for Eichel who is an extremely gifted player that loves to shoot the puck.  Eichel should be able to dodge Oliver Ekman-Larsson at home with last change, but even if he doesn’t, it’s not worrying me at all.  The Sabres have a top five power play and they should get to tee off against the Coyotes bottom five penalty kill, I love the Sabres tonight.

John Tavares – NYI @ DAL – $7,500

Tavares makes the write up tonight because I think this game could be a shootout and if it is, Tavares will be the main reason for the Isles.  Tavares will most likely match up with Jamie Benn’s line tonight which is a tough matchup, but Tavares isn’t a regular player.  He has been the one bright spot for the Islanders this year and with the Stars giving up the second most scoring chances in the league (10.31 SCA/60), Tavares will get plenty of looks tonight.  The Stars also have the fifth worst penalty kill in the league on home ice.  A sniper as skilled as Tavares should be in heavy consideration tonight.

Kyle Turris – OTT vs COL – $6,000

Turris continues his strong play and he has scored a goal in three of his last four games.  Colorado has lost nine of their last eleven games and they continue to be a bad team.  The Avs did get Erik Johnson back but, they also traded away Jarome Iginla so they lose a little depth.  Colorado is a great team to pick on because their goaltending is extremely suspect, they give the fourth most goals up in the league, and their penalty kill is also sub par at a 75.4% kill rate.  Turris is a pretty consistent shooter and his shot volume has risen over the last couple games with ten shots.  Stacking Turris with Mike Hoffman is a good correlation play as they both play on the power play as well as even strength together.  I also like Erik Karlsson If you can fit him in there with them.

Nicklas Backstrom – WSH vs NJ – $6,900

Backstrom continues a very solid year with 12 points in his last ten games.  The Devils are going through a pretty rough patch right now losing four games in a row and five of their last six.  They have given up at least three goals in every game except one of them.  New Jersey does have a solid penalty kill on the road but they are giving up a ton of shots (33.4 SAA).  New Jersey has the third worst puck possession numbers in the league on the road and the Caps have the fourth best possession  numbers.  Backstrom is a great playmaker and facilitator, and the Caps should be all over the Devils tonight.

Value plays to consider

Ryan Spooner – $3,800

Cody Eakin – $3,900

Mike Fisher – $3,700

Lars Eller – $3,300




Tyler Seguin – DAL vs NYI – $7,500

Seguin has multi point upside every time he steps on the ice, and tonight is no different.  The Islanders have had five days off and they could be a little rusty, playing into Dallas’s favor and Seguin should get plus matchups all night.  On the road the Islanders are giving up 34 shots per game (27th), 3.15 GAA (23rd), and they are giving up 9.96 SCA/60 (29th).  I don’t see any way that this game doesn’t turn out to be a firing squad tonight with rubber flying everywhere.  Seguin is in a prime spot.

Joe Pavelski – SJ vs VAN – $7,100

I wrote up Pavelski last game and he didn’t disappoint us as he produced a goal and an assist.  I think he is in another good spot tonight against the Canucks.  Vancouver is a poor possession team that lacks any depth.  They have a couple young talents that could emerge but they are dealing with injuries also.  Vancouver is giving up the fourth most scoring chances in the league and they are allowing over three goals per game.  The Sharks have a heavy attack lead by Pavelski, and with last chance tonight Pavelski should find plenty of room to go to work.

Sam Reinhart – BUF vs ARI – $5,000

Reinhart finds himself in a good spot tonight at home against the Coyotes.  Arizona is a great team to pick on as I said earlier with the Eichel write up.  The Coyotes give up a plethora of scoring chances (11.08 SCA/60) and they love giving up shots on goal (33.7 SAA).  Reinhart has had an inconsistent year but he has been shooting the puck consistently lately with a solid volume over the last couple games, and nothing helps produce stats like the Coyotes.  Playing alongside Jack Eichel on even strength and the power play he has a chance to get open looks and he should be able to produce plenty of shots tonight.

Frank Vatrano – BOS @ NYR – $4,600

Vatrano has seen a slight dip in playing time recently, but he has still be shooting the puck consistently over the last ten games with just under three shots per game on average.  His splits are pretty alarming as he has twice the amount of points on the road (11) than he does at home (5).  That has to do with being on the third line for the Bruins and getting the depth matchups, but he also sees time on the power play with the second unit.  The Rangers lack defensive depth and Vatrano could be a guy that sneaks in a point tonight.

Value plays to consider

Justin Williams – $4,900

Zach Smith – $4,300

Oliver Bjorkstrand – $3,600

Brett Connolly – $3,900

Andrew Ladd – $3,900 (If Healthy)

Ryan Strome – $3,700

Devin Shore – $3,600



Erik Karlsson – OTT vs COL – $7,500

Karlsson is an extremely gifted offensive defenseman, he is a big play maker and he is leaned heavily on to quarterback the power play for the Senators. Over eight games, Karlsson averages 1.25 real points against the Avalanche.  Karlsson also loves blocking shots, on any given night he can tally up as much as five or six.  He is in a great spot tonight.

Rasmus Ristolainen – BUF vs ARI – $5,800

Ristolainen loves to let the cannon loos himself, he has 12 shots on goal in the last three games.  He has been averaging 4.6 SHOCKS (shots and blocks) over the last ten for a solid floor.  Arizona gives up a ton of shots on goal, and that could only help Risto tonight.

John Klingberg – DAL vs NYI – $5,000

Klingberg got demoted to the second power play unit, but I’m not sure if it is going to be a long term thing, Lindy Rough likes to shuffle lines a lot.  Even if Klingberg stays on the second power play unit I still like him.  The Islanders over this season have given up the second most points per game to defenseman, and we all know that Klingberg can produce some offense when he is applying himself.  Klingberg can make for a good play tonight.

Value plays to consider

Esa Lindell – $3,600

Marc-Edward Vlasic – $4,000

David Schlemko – $3,300



Braden Holtby – WSH vs NJ – $8,500

Holtby has been rock solid this year with a  20-5-1 record at home and a 1.78 GAA and .930 save %.  He is the number one goalie on the night to get a win Vegas wise and he has a pretty solid history against eh Devils.  The shot volume should be there tonight and he could have a nice night.

Devan Dubnyk – MIN @ CLS – $7,500

Dubnyk makes for a ballsy play tonight and should only be considered in GPP formats.  He has been the best goalie in the league this year and he actually has a better save % on the road. With a 15-4-3 record, 2.27 GAA and a .932 save % he could definitely steal one here tonight in Columbus, but its pretty risky. That price is so cheap for a stud.