NHL Power Plays 3/22/17

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

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, Chicago and Tampa Bay were two of the biggest things that went wrong on Tuesday night. Both teams allowed five goals and offensively were more than capable. It was more the idea that they lost and gave up that many goals. Tuukka Rask disappointed again in another frustrating Boston loss. Montreal scored a late goal and that was it against Detroit at home. Florida and Carolina was the sneaky game most expected but the New York Rangers losing despite 40 shots on goal was unfortunate. It was expected that New York would win.

What Went Right?

Hey, Cory Schneider had 38 saves in one of the more unexpected wins in the last month or so. He dodged a few crossbars and posts but made the saves he needed to. Washington’s first line had multiple point nights in a 4-2 win over Calgary. Matt Murray made 29 saves in a 3-1 win over Buffalo. Kyle Turris scored twice in the 3-2 triumph over Boston. It was the kind of night that drove people mad. Arizona scoring five times was a surprise while Florida and Carolina combining for seven goals was as well.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

AwayHomeTime (ET)
TorontoColumbus7:00 PM
NY IslandersNY Rangers*8:00 PM
EdmontonAnaheim10:00 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 main slate of three games starting at 7:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Mark Letestu (CHI) — $7100
  2. Casey Cizikas (NYI) — $6700
  3. Joshua Ho-Sang (NYI) — $7500
  4. Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) — $7800
  5. Sami Vantanen (ANA) — $7600
  6. Brady Skjei (NYR) — $7700
  7. New York Islanders Goaltending — $15,400 (it’s still high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

John Tavares – $7400 – NYI vs NYR

Tavares is an almost chalky play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because of the match-up. The center has averaged over a point a game over the last eight meetings. These games often take a life of their own. The Rangers are also playing a rival on the back end of a back to back (after playing New Jersey on Tuesday). Expectations of goals are definitely warranted which is why Tavares will be considerably owned.

Brandon Dubinsky — $5000 – CLB vs TOR

Dubinsky is a nice GPP play and cash option against Toronto on Wednesday. The center had some chances over the weekend and nabbed one against New Jersey. Dubinsky has six points in his last nine games on decent shot volume. His attempts have been solid as well. Toronto allows their fair share of chances and if Dubinsky ends up against the top line, he should still get a few opportunities for points on Wednesday.

Others To Consider – Connor McDavid ($8100), Tyler Bozak ($4900), Mark Letestu ($3600)

 

Wingers

Rickard Rakell — $6100 – ANA vs EDM

Rakell is a somewhat risky play in tournaments and yet the temptation is extremely high to play him anyway. He has nine points in his last ten games which includes seven goals. The winger has 32 shots over this span and is Anaheim’s best attempter of shots and chances by far. A key variable will be who pivots to Leon Draisaitl just because he is McDavid’s wingman. Goals are king in daily fantasy and Rakell has moderately high goal potential tonight on the power play and at even strength.

Rick Nash — $5100 – NYR vs NYI

Nash will be an intriguing GPP play on Wedneday against the Islanders because the expectation is for this to be a high event game. Most will still steer clear of this pick and run right to the chalky picks. However, Nash has 33 shots in his last ten games. The quirky part is his shooting percentage is 3% over the last dozen contests but his season percentage is 10.6%. He scored on Tuesday and more goals may come.

Others To Consider – Andrew Ladd ($4000), Milan Lucic ($4500), Oliver Bjorkstrand ($4400)           

 

Defensemen

Zach Werenski – CLB vs TOR – $5700

Werenski is a good GPP play tonight against Toronto. He had nine points in his last ten games as the defenseman played a ton of minutes. The Leafs can give up lots of scoring chances in bunches and so can Columbus. This is a game that kind of fits a freewheeling style that is conducive to daily fantasy potential. Werenski could skunk you but he could also deliver once again.

 

Nick Leddy – NYI vs NYR- $4900

Leddy sits at a solid price point tonight and is in play in GPP’s and Cash games. He has looked better of late with more chances generated. The important thing is point potential. Leddy has two points in three meetings with the Rangers. He seems to just play better in this type of game. Both teams again play at a high pace. That means transition which should lead to some quality chances from Leddy in this one.

 

Others To Consider – Oscar Klefbom ($5200), David Savard ($4200), Morgan Rielly ($4300)

 

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier – ANA vs EDM – $7900

Bernier should be an elevated risk with the hopes of a higher save count on Wednesday. Edmonton can easily put up three goals on the road. They score more away from home and generate about 2 to 2.5 shots more per night away from Edmonton. John Gibson is only lightly practicing which means do not expect him tonight. Bernier is on some run right now as he has gone 7-2-1 with a 1.78 GAA and .943 save percentage. It could be rough but riding the hot goalie is not a bad idea on this short of a slate.

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