NHL Power Plays 3/29/17  

This week’s schedule is a bit more balanced. 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, Buffalo put on four million shots on Sergei Bobrovsky and he stopped all but one. The expectation was that he might give up two or three perhaps. That is a minor quip. However, Edmonton playing a low scoring game with Los Angeles was a bit of a surprise. A 3-2 game could be plausible but a 2-1? Not as much. Minnesota and Washington went more high scoring than expected. It was not all bad, however. It was just not ideal for the goalies. There was also that game in San Jose which went completely upside down. Again, that was also a 5-4 result. At least, San Jose’s top players showed up in overtime. Go figure!

What Went Right?

Hey, Alex Ovechkin went off for a hat trick, an assist, and a bunch of shots on net. It was a happy time for all who owned him. Carolina did the deed and shut down Detroit 4-1 as Cam Ward stopped all but one shot. It was arguably the easiest goalie play of the season as Detroit was on its third game in three nights and fourth in five. Anaheim did the same to Vancouver as Jonathan Bernier had a pretty easy game in net as well. It was the kind of night full of a little bit of everything. Carey Price got an unexpected win when Al Montoya pulled up lame during practice of all things. J.T. Miller had two goals in a losing effort for New York and again Washington’s entire first line cleaned up with Kevin Shattenkirk to boot. Okay, let’s get to the schedule.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
ChicagoPittsburgh8:00 PM
Los Angeles*Calgary9:00 PM
Washington*Colorado10:00 PM
St. LouisArizona10:00 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 8:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Tanner Kero (CHI) — $7400
  2. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) — $7100
  3. Bryan Rust (PIT) — $8500
  4. Sven Andrighetto (COL) — $7100
  5. Anthony DeAngelo (ARZ) — $6200
  6. Tyson Barrie (COL) — $8000
  7. Los Angeles Goaltending — $13,900 (it’s extreme risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Sidney Crosby – $8500 – PIT vs CHI

Crosby 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 power play goals whether it is at home or on the road. Crosby’s line typically gives a little better than it gets. There are some ways to stack Crosby with some lower priced players to absorb the initial cost. Crosby is the highest projected center on the night even while facing Jonathan Toews. What does that tell you?

Alex Steen — $5300 – STL vs ARZ

Steen is a nice GPP play and cash option against Arizona on Wednesday. The center had some chances for goals against Arizona but wound up with only four assists. We say this sarcastically because no one is expecting that again. However, Arizona had real problems with the first and third lines. That may happen again. The Blues power play could also be a good play even on the road. Again, Arizona has issues with their zone coverage on their penalty kill.

Christian Dvorak — $3500 – ARZ vs STL

Dvorak is a value GPP play on Wednesday against St. Louis even at his price. He has four points in his last eight games but also provides a decent shots and blocks floor as well. Arizona does tend to play a little better at home and Dvorak does have eight of his 12 goals on the season there. He also shoots the puck more (nearly two per game of late). With this kind of short slate involving Arizona and Colorado, one may have to go there to win some more dollars.

 

Wingers

Alex Ovechkin — $8300 – WSH vs COL

Ovechkin and arguably the entire Washington fire line is a chalky road play in tournaments. They had a role in four of the five Washington goals last night in Minnesota. They arguably could have scored more and that is the scary part. Colorado’s defense is about as porous as they come allowing well over three goals a game at home. Washington’s scoring may be more balanced tonight but Ovechkin will at least make for a ridiculously high owned play in cash. Pivots could include Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane in this price range.

Nick Schmaltz — $4500 – CHI vs PIT

Schmaltz will be a moderate risk GPP play on Wednesday against Pittsburgh because his goal potential is slim to almost none. However, he does have four assists in his last four games and is still seeing around 15 minutes of ice time a night. His shot volume is okay as they say. It is nothing spectacular. However, Pittsburgh can be a sieve on scoring chances allowed in all phases. Chicago has the tempo to push this into a high-event game but will they? Hence the risk.

Mikko Rantanen — $3700 – COL vs WSH

Rantanen is going to be higher owned in tournaments than expected simply because people will to take a flier on him as a contrarian play. He has four points in his last eight games and was a bit unlucky against Calgary. The nice thing is Rantanen has worked harder on the defensive end and is being rewarded with more and more ice time. In Colorado’s case, more time means at least an elevated amount of chances from rock bottom. Washington may suffer a bit of fatigue late in this one so do not be surprised if a guy like Rantanen takes advantage of that.

 

Defensemen

Alex Pietrangelo – STL vs ARZ – $5700

 

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 eight 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. It can be argued that Pietrangelo is the chalk tonight.

 

Anthony DeAngelo – ARZ vs STL- $3200

 

DeAngelo sits at a good price in cash and tournament games tonight. That alone will bump up his value because so few should be on him. His risk is low again because simply DeAngelo is a punt play. The once concern is that he only has points in two of his last nine games. However, he did have several chances against St. Louis on Monday and that included on the power play. This will allow one to spend up to the higher priced players.

 

 

Goalies

Brian Elliott – CGY vs LAK – $8200

Elliott is a good cash play as he continues to see low to moderate shot counts and deliver wins constantly. He is 9-0-1 in his last ten starts with seeing a GPP like 31 shots per 60. For GPP’s, one likes to see around 30 shots a game. Los Angeles should have urgency tonight as literally they must win out to make the playoffs. It can be argued that Elliott makes a better case for a tournament play and can be used accordingly.

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