NHL Power Plays 3/30/17  

Tonight we get a solid slate with eight games.

When you are making you teams I can’t stress enough that you need to make sure your goalie is actually confirmed and starting.  Sites like Dailyfaceoff.com, Leftwinglock.com, and Goaliepost.com are great places for information.  Another great place to get up to the minute news and information is the teams and beat writers for the teams themselves.  I have created a list on Twitter @Votts_DFS for all of the NHL teams, and a separate list of all the beat writers for you to follow, it’s a great tool and a necessity.  Now let’s dig into the slate and see if we can find you a couple plays to help you take down that big GPP.  Here are your Power Plays for tonight, good luck!

The advanced stats that I use and reference in this article come from Corsica.hockey and also puckalytics.com.

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Full Schedule for Thursday March 30th, 2017

ColumbusCarolina7:00 PM
NY IslandersPhiladelphia7:00 PM
DallasBoston7:30 PM
DetrioutTampa Bay7:30 PM
Florida Montreal7:30 PM
AnaheimWinnipeg8:00 PM
OttawaMinnesota8:00 PM
TorontoNashville8:00 PM
San JoseEdmonton9:00 PM

BOLD = Back to Back

*Third game in four nights


Pricing is in DK format unless otherwise noted.


Patrice Bergeron – BOS vs DAL – $6,700

Bergy hasn’t been setting the world on fire lately but tonight he gets a pretty nice spot.  He has seven point in his last ten games, and he has averaged about four shots a game.  Dallas has actually played pretty decent over the last five games but they are still giving up 3.55 goals against on the road and their  penalty kill is still the worst in the league with a 72.2% kill rate.  The Bruins have also been a little leaky lately and this could be a good spot to have a nice little mini game stack. If you are looking to get lower ownership with good upside then you can throw out Ryan Spooner, as he plays on the top power play unit and you can get exposure to the top line for the Bruins.

John Tavares – NYI @ PHI – $7,300

Tavares has tallied a point in eight of his last ten games, and he has some ridiculous skill.  The Islanders are an extremely inconsistent team because they have no depth and the Tavares line is pretty much most of their offense.  Tavares will match up with the Couturier line, which is pretty strong defensively but Tavares is another animal.  Tavares will get plenty of looks tonight, and this is another game that could have some fireworks and turn out to be a great game stack.  The Flyers are giving up over three goals a game with their shaky goaltending, and their penalty kill has been leaky with a 77.1% kill rate, which is ranked 24th.

Eric Staal – MIN vs OTT – $6,300

Staal has been a one man wrecking machine even though his team has lost nine out of their last ten games.  Staal has a five game point streak going and he has three games in a row now with a goal.  Ottawa has been having trouble killing penalties on the road as they now rank 25th with a 76.3% kill rate.  Minnesota can create a lot of offense and Staal is the one I’m looking to.

Antoine Vermette – ANH @ WPG – $3,200 (If Getzlaf is out)

Vermette got a boost last game to the top line because Ryan Getzlaf was scratched really late.  He ended up with two assists and two shots on goal, for 3.2k ill take that any day of the week.  He also played a little time on the second power play unit.  I keep finding conflicting comments on Getzlaf for tonight, but if he is out again then I’ll go back to the well with Vermette.  The Jets are giving up the 2nd most goals in the league in their own building, they are allowing over 30 shots on net, and they also like to take penalties, that they are having trouble killing them off with a 74% kill rate.  The Jets are also giving up 8.71 SCA/60 so there will be plenty of opportunities tonight.



Nikita Kucherov – TB vs DET – $8,000

This guy is ridiculous, it’s at the point where he is almost a must play every night until he doesn’t do something.  He has 17 points in his last ten games!  Not only is he riding a five game point streak, but every one of them has been multiple points.  Kucherov has played the Wings three times this year and he has averaged 6 DK points a game.  Detroit is giving up 9.22 SCA/60 and they are allowing over 3.2 goals against with over 33 shots on net on the road.  I don’t see any way that the Bolts don’t put a handful up on the scoreboard tonight.

David Pastrnak – BOS vs DAL – $7,000

Pasta is averaging just about a point per game this year and he has looked great lately.  He has ten points in the last ten games and he is averaging over four shots a game.  If you are looking to get lower ownership off the Bergeron line you can look to Pasta as he also gets you top power play minutes and that’s where we want to attack the Stars.  Making a stack of the top power play is a good way to get differentiation and more exposure tonight.

Viktor Arvidsson – NSH vs TOR – $6,100

Arvidsson is a shifty player with great puck possession skills.  He has an individual Corsi of 18.75, if you average it to players with 700 minutes of ice time on the year that puts him 6th in the league. There is some real good company on that list around him.  Toronto plays a super fast game and they tend to make mistakes and give the puck up which leads to shots and goals.  Nashville gets last change tonight so they will dictate the lines and try to get the top line away from the Kadri line, leaving Arvidsson’s line with plus matchups.  The leafs are giving up over 33 shots on net on the road and they are also giving up 9.11 SCA/60.  I like Arvidsson’s spot tonight.

Ondrej Palat – TB vs DET – $5,400

Like Kucherov, Palat has been playing out of his mind.  That’s what happens when you play with one of the most prolific players in the league that’s on a super heater.  Palat has a point in every game except one in the last ten games.  He has been shooting the puck at a pretty solid clip and he plays on even strength and top power play with Kucherov.