NHL Power Plays 3/27/17

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 six games on Monday. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the Sunday main slate was much ado about frustration at times. Dallas and New Jersey was 1-1 going into overtime before Tyler Seguin saved quite a few nights with his power play goal. That was his only point, however. Anaheim and the New York Rangers proved to be a late hammer as nine goals were scored in all. The goaltenders were under siege and at times not all that good. Even Winnipeg and Vancouver combined for just a 2-1 score. Philadelphia erupted for six goals in Pittsburgh which few saw coming. Conor Sheary going down to injury hurt in so many ways for the Penguins as well. It has been the month of injuries for Pittsburgh.

What Went Right?

Hey, Michael Hutchinson somehow survived as Winnipeg only gave up only one goal. That was a key and sneaky cash play on the night. However, there was a lot of holding hands there. Jonathan Bernier had a rocky night but got the win. It was Ryan Getzlaf that had four assists in the 6-3 win. Patrick Eaves also scored twice and still has an outside chance of 30 goals on the season. Jordan Weal, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Claude Giroux all had two points each in the Philadelphia rout of Pittsburgh. For those that took Kari Lehtonen, a salute to you as well as he gave up one goal in the victory in New Jersey.

 

The Schedule For Monday, March 27, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Detroit @*Carolina7:00 PM
NashvilleNY Islanders7:00 PM
FloridaBuffalo7:00 PM
ChicagoTampa Bay7:30 PM
ArizonaSt. Louis8:00 PM
ColoradoCalgary9:00 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 six games starting at 7:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. John Hayden (CHI) — $7500
  2. Brock Nelson (NYI) — $8200
  3. Teuvo Teravainen (CAR) — $8400
  4. Tobias Rieder (ARZ) — $7100
  5. Zach Bogosian (BUF) — $5900
  6. Travis Hamonic (NYI) — $6300
  7. Nashville Goaltending — $15,100 (it’s very high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Jack Eichel – $7200 – BUF vs FLA

Eichel is a chalky play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because most will concentrate on the fact that the center has a ridiculous floor and is playing a team that loves to give up chances whether it is at home or on the road. Eichel’s line typically gives as good as it gets so there is a contrarian play as far as Florida. Whomever matches up with his line could have a decent night also. This also leads to the possibility of a power play stack for Buffalo to gain price relief in that way.

Brayden Point — $5500 – TAM vs CHI

Point is a nice GPP play and cash option against Philadelphia on Sunday. The center had some chances on Friday but only wound up with an assist, a shot, and three blocked shots. He has handled the adjustment to play all top line situations well so far. It is likely that he will have this role for the rest of the regular season as Tyler Johnson struggles to recover from injury. Point has eight points in his last nine games on okay shot volume and better chance volume. Chicago could be a solid match-up as Tampa likes to double shift Point and Nikita Kucherov.

Elias Lindholm — $4800 – CAR vs DET

Lindhom is a consistent GPP play on Monday against Detroit even at his price. He has points in ten straight games and literally is just producing slightly above value in almost every game. Lindholm’s shot volume has been good overall during this streak. His utilization by the coaching staff has also been excellent. His splits are about dead even but the center does generate a few more shots on net at home. Detroit will have a handful as their defense tries to shut down his line.

 

Wingers

Viktor Arvidsson — $6200 – NSH vs NYI

Arvidsson is a somewhat good road play in tournaments. He has nine points in his last ten games which includes three goals. The winger has 27 shots over this span and is generating the most chances by far. A key variable will be how much gas do these teams have left in the tank. This will be a high pace match-up between the two teams which should at least lead to scoring chances. Arvidsson is one of the ten highest projected forwards on the night. Johnny Gaudreau is a higher priced chalk pivot tonight if one is looking for the safe play along with Nikita Kucherov and Patrick Kane.

Jonathan Marchessault — $5200 – FLA vs BUF

Marchessault will be a moderate risk GPP play on Monday against Buffalo because there is still a little uncertainty as to if Jaromir Jagr will play or not. Keep an eye on it but arguably, Marchessault would face depth match-ups if Jagr does go. Either way, he has five goals in his last two contests and faces one of the worst defenses in the league. Buffalo could easily allow 35+ shots in this one and the forward does love to shoot the puck off the rush a lot.

Andreas Athanasiou — $4100 – DET vs CAR

Athanasiou is going to be higher owned in tournaments than expected simply because people will to take a flier on him for his transition play alone. Athanasiou in some respects reminds me of Marchessault. The point potential is there but he does make some defensive mistakes. Until he gets more consistent, he will be relegated considerably. However, he does have six points in the last nine games and Carolina almost feels like they could lay an egg at any time. Tomas Tatar is a nice contrarian pick too but this again is more of a dart.

 

Defensemen

Alex Pietrangelo – STL vs ARZ – $5500

 

Pietrangelo is a good GPP play tonight against Arizona with point upside. He can play nearly 30 minutes if need be but has looked great since Kevin Shattenkirk was traded. Pietrangelo has nine points in his last ten games on good shot volume and nice block totals. Arizona gives up nearly 3.6 goals per game on the road and has one of the five or six worst road penalty kills in the league. Pietrangelo plays in all situations plus has the added advantage of going against the best and worst Arizona has to offer. Victor Hedman is a higher priced but more chalky alternative.

 

Zach Bogosian – BUF vs FLA- $3000

 

Bogosian sits at too great of a price in cash and tournament games tonight. That alone will bump up his value because Rasmus Ristolainen is still suspended. Jake McCabe will get a nudge too but not like Bogosian, who has a little more offensive talent and shot blocking ability. His percentage owned may get to Josh Leivo rates but thankfully this is the last night of the hoopla so to speak. It is the old get it while it is hot adage.

 

 

Goalies

Thomas Greiss – NYI vs NSH – $7800

Greiss is a high risk GPP play going up against a Nashville team that can put up lots of shots in high danger areas. The Islanders can be susceptible to speed rushes and that is troubling considering how fast Nashville is. This is not just their first line but their bottom six even has flashes of acceleration that could cause trouble. Greiss was better against Boston but will have to almost stand on his head against the Predators on Monday night. Cash goalies are going to be chalky in Jake Allen and Brian Elliott for low to moderate shot volume reasons.

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