NHL Power Plays 3/26/17

NHL Power Plays – March 26th        

This week’s schedule is a bit more balanced to a point. 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 five games on Sunday but we are focusing on the four game main slates. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, Saturday’s ten game slate had many twists and turns. However, Carey Price again beat the Ottawa Senators. New Jersey lost at home to Carolina. San Jose continued their struggles by allowing seven goals to Nashville. Los Angeles laid an egg and got shutout at home by the New York Rangers. Chicago was routed 7-0 by Florida. Boston’s main players forgot to show up in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Riley Nash scored twice for the Bruins. St. Louis had a win all but lined up and yet lost as three goals against went off Blues players in the 3-2 defeat. Toronto lost Frederik Andersen early to an upper body injury which led to an easy 5-2 win by Buffalo over the Maple Leafs. Even the Washington chalk only teamed up once for a goal in their 4-1 win over Arizona. That took three third period goals to seal said win by the way.

What Went Right?

Hey, picking for goalies worked mostly as Laurent Brossoit stopped 24 of 25 shots in the win. Antti Raanta got a shutout against Los Angeles and James Reimer the same against Chicago. The big winner of the night was Florida who again scored seven times. That included a hat trick by Jonathan Marchessault, who now has five goals in his last two games. Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist against Toronto. James Neal scored twice in the Nashville rout of San Jose. Andrei Markov was a man possessed as his two goals and assist led Montreal to a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Yes, Jean-Gabriel Pageau did score against Montreal to break up the shutout. Now here is the schedule for this evening.

 

The Schedule For Sunday, March 26, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Dallas @*New Jersey @*5:00 PM
Philadelphia @*Pittsburgh @*7:00 PM
Vancouver @*Winnipeg @*8:00 PM
NY Rangers*Anaheim9:00 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 four games starting at 5:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight. Their main slate is only three games beginning at 7:00 PM ET.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Reid Boucher (VAN) — $5500
  2. Travis Konecny (PHI) — $7800
  3. Bryan Rust (PIT) — $7900
  4. Sven Baertschi (VAN) — $7900
  5. Josh Morrissey (WPG) — $7300
  6. Hampus Lindholm (ANA) — $6900
  7. NY Rangers Goaltending — $15,100 (it’s still high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Ryan Getzlaf – $6700 – ANA vs NYR

Getzlaf is a solid play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because most will concentrate on the chalk on Sunday (Pittsburgh). Getzlaf has 14 points in his last ten contests. New York gives up plenty of chances and even on the power play when it comes to road situations. Even Los Angeles missed quite a few wide open looks last night on the man advantage.

Nick Bonino — $4700 – PIT vs PHI

Bonino is a nice GPP play and cash option against Philadelphia on Sunday. The center had some chances on Friday but could not quite convert. Despite this, he has seven goals in his last nine games on good shot volume. His attempts have been impressive as well. Pittsburgh scores better at home and so does Bonino. He may even get some power play chances more than usual. Expect a little of the unexpected here. In the case that Evgeni Malkin returns, one can stick with Bonino or pivot to Bo Horvat or even Travis Zajac to save a little money.

Pavel Zacha — $3300 – NJD vs DAL

Zacha is a high risk GPP play on Sunday against Dallas even at his price. His vision is undisputed but his finishing and defense have been a bit inconsistent at times. He has six assists in his last seven games. Dallas does give up around 3.5 goals per game on the road and the center will have a solid role once again. His power play time has crept up and Dallas has improved their penalty kill somewhat but it still has plenty of holes. Value pivots may include Radek Faksa and perhaps Joseph Blandisi.

 

Wingers

Blake Wheeler — $6600 – WPG vs VAN

Wheeler is a somewhat chalky play in tournaments and yet the temptation is extremely high to play him anyway. He has 11 points in his last ten games which includes three goals. The winger has 29 shots over this span and is generating the most chances by far. A key variable will be how much gas does either team have left in the tank. Winnipeg is coming back home after a nasty west coast trip. Vancouver does still have a suspect penalty kill though. Conor Sheary or Wayne Simmonds could be nice pivots if stacking is an issue.

Kyle Palmieri — $5500 – NJD vs DAL

Palmieri will be an intriguing GPP play on Sunday against Dallas because the expectation is for this to be a moderately high event game. Most will still steer clear of this one and run right to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. However, Hoffman has eight points in his last ten games. The quirky part is he has five goals on his last 34 shots on net. His season percentage is right near his current splits so this is not luck. He is just on a roll. Expect Dallas to give up a lot of chances late in this one.

Mathieu Perreault — $4500 – WPG vs VAN

Perreault is going to be moderately to highly owned in tournaments tonight because he is a lower cost alternative to so much of the chalk tonight. He has nine points in his last ten games but also will get plenty of power play opportunities given Vancouver will take penalties much like Winnipeg does. The shot volume is only okay but he is on a five game point streak. It basically just takes a point and a couple events to hit value. Bryan Rust and Travis Konecny may be interesting pivots.

 

Defensemen

Jacob Trouba – WPG vs VAN – $4900

Trouba is a suspect GPP play tonight against Vancouver with some upside. He played nearly 30 minutes against Anaheim There was some definite rust offensively but defensively Trouba was not too bad at all. He did have three points in five games prior to his injury and expect a few chances generated tonight as Vancouver’s defense should allow chances from the point to get through. Ryan McDonagh, John Klingberg, and even Shayne Gostisbehere could be good pivots near his price range.

Radko Gudas – PHI vs PIT- $3400

Gudas sits at a solid price point tonight and is a decent play in GPP’s and Cash games. First, see if he is playing as Philadelphia often rearranges their defensive mix like musical chairs. It is a rivalry game so it is likely that the defenseman is a go. Pittsburgh should generate enough shot volume to give Gudas a chance to block more shots than he has lately. The price is reasonable so at worst, he is a high-end punt play basically. Josh Morrissey and John Moore are just as risky but could be used as pivots.

 

Goalies

Henrik Lundqvist – NYR vs ANA – $7400

Lundqvist should be a GPP play with the hopes of a higher save count. There is inherent risk in going with a player just coming back from injury but often the New York goalie comes up with gems in these circumstances. The Rangers again play better on the road and their goaltending is superb with a save percentage approaching .930! Anaheim has been on quite a roll of late and may be due for one of those Sunday sucky Duckies games. Keith Kinkaid is another risky pick as again a lot of teams are on their third game in four nights tonight.

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