NHL Power Plays – 3/8/17

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, Florida put up 40+ shots again and lost. This time it was to the New York Rangers but two goals on 45 shots. Ouch! Even Columbus was expected to blow out New Jersey but only won 2-0 in a game where New Jersey managed 33 shots on goal. Montreal and Vancouver were low scoring and so was St. Louis and Minnesota. The crazy game was Philadelphia and Buffalo but it was the Flyers having the six that hurt more. Edmonton went a little south of scoring which did not help things. Carolina scoring one goal against Colorado clearly put some things on tilt as they say.

What Went Right?

Hey, picking against New Jersey worked as there was another shutout. This had 33 saves to boot. There was that Henrik Lundqvist performance that had people talking too. Jack Eichel had a multiple point night including a late goal that saved most who picked him in cash games. Nashville and Anaheim lived up to the hype as they combined for seven goals in what was an entertaining game full of daily fantasy intrigue. The slate overall was a bit tough around the edges but there were points to be had especially with goaltenders it turned out. Guessing the right goalie was a bit easier.

The Schedule for Monday, March 6, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
OttawaDallas8:00 PM
PittsburghWinnipeg8:00 PM
DetroitBoston8:00 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 normal main slate of three games starting at 8:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Darren Helm (DET) — $8200
  2. Radek Faksa (DAL) — $7100
  3. Drew Stafford (BOS) — $8500
  4. Tomas Tatar (DET) — $8100
  5. Ian Cole (PIT) — $7600 or Mark Streit (PIT) at $8000
  6. Cody Ceci (OTT) — $6500
  7. Dallas Goaltending — $14,700 (it’s high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Mark Scheifele – $6600 – WPG vs PIT

Scheifele is a borderline chalk play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because most will not have too much faith in Winnipeg. The risk here is that the center typically produces high chance volume but low shot volume. There are pivots to move up and down on tonight’s slate. One can go Patrice Bergeron or even Tyler Seguin. Also, Radek Faksa or Bryan Little could be potential options.

Ryan Spooner — $3900 – BOS vs OTT

Spooner is a value GPP play and cash option against Ottawa on Monday. Boston is being more selective with their shots but their chances per 60 have remained about the same. He can be a bit up and down but does have seven points in the last ten games on okay shot volume. Spooner will have better opportunities against the depth pairings that Ottawa has to offer.

Wingers

Blake Wheeler — $6700 – WPG vs PIT

Wheeler is a somewhat chalky play in tournaments and yet the temptation is extremely high to play him anyway. He has 10 points in his last ten games which includes four goals. The winger had three points against Colorado. There is the fact that he is averaging nearly four shots a game in that span. Chance volume is high here and the Penguins love to push things pace wise. The question is which goalie does Winnipeg wind up facing. Mathieu Perrault is always a decent spend down here given his price.

Mike Hoffman — $6000 – OTT vs DAL

Hoffman will be an intriguing GPP play on Wednesday against Dallas because the expectation is for this to be a moderately high event game. Hoffman averages over three shots a night and is particularly dangerous on the man advantage. Dallas has one of the worst defenses and penalty kills in the entire league. Everyone knows it as well which should increase ownership a bit.

Frank Vatrano — $4700 – BOS vs DET

Vatrano is going to be moderately owned in tournaments tonight because he is a lower cost alternative to so much of the chalk tonight. He has four goals and eight points in the last ten games while averaging nearly 2.5 shots a game. His production can be a bit erratic but on a night like this, dipping for value can be okay especially in one-off scenarios. The nice part is he will draw great match-ups because he is depth himself at even strength. Vatrano also gets power play time. Keep in mind that his risk lies in the fact that he can have 0 or 1 shot one night and four or five the next.

Defensemen

John Klingberg – DAL vs OTT – $4600

Klingberg is a consistent play tonight against Ottawa because Dallas has absolutely zero to lose. They will be attractive to pick on and pick. He has eight points in his last ten contests. The shot volume is okay and the blocks are a little below average. That’s alright given his price. If one feels like spending up they can but defense may be where to cut a little to spend up for forwards. Goaltending is a minefield.

Dion Phaneuf – OTT vs DAL- $4300

Phaneuf sits at a decent price point tonight and is in play in GPP’s and Cash games. He looked better against Boston with two assists but the floor was low. Dallas’s shifty forwards may keep Ottawa on their heels a bit longer which could produce more blocked shots. As always, the defenseman can be a potential threat on the power play. One can spend up to Erik Karlsson but that could be a gamble.

Goalies

Tuukka Rask – BOS vs DET – $8400

Rask should be a gamble cash play wise with the hopes of a better chance at a win. He also comes off a clunker against Ottawa where there were a couple goals that he should have had. The last two starts have not been so hot. Detroit comes in giving up over 3.2 goals per game on the road and their power play is still dead last in the league. The save count might be iffy but Rask does present the best chances of a win out of the six goalies tonight.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Rask 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. It has been a factor of late. Expect a lot of variance from the goaltender and defense positions as well.

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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!