NHL Power Plays 4/15/17
The NHL schedule makers left us with more to be desired for dfs tonight, as they split the slate up with two early games and three late. I’ll be covering the late games but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me on the Premium Slack or in Twitter. Finding differentiation on a three game slate is tough but sometimes you have to make a stand. Chalky plays become even more chalky, and I tend to lean contrarian on small slates. We want to win after all, not tie with other people. Now on to the plays!
The schedule for Saturday April 15th, 2017
Jonathan Toews – CHI vs NSH – $6,500
Toews and the Blackhawks look to regroup after getting shut out 1 – 0 on Thursday night. As bad as the loss was, there were still some positives in the game. The Blackhawks are 1-5 this season playin on more than three days rest. We all knew they might come out a little slow, and they did. Toews played a decent game and he makes for a solid play tonight as people will all be turning to the Washington and Toronto game or the Anaheim vs Calgary game. Toews saw extended minutes in game one and Coach Quenville decided to double shift him at times, lining him up with Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. Toews gets you exposure to the most expensive players on the team, and he also plays on the power play with them. One other thing to take into concideration is that Toews gets a TON of offensive zone starts, which means if he wins the face off (14-10) then they can produce offense. You can also get a block or two out of Toews as he also kills penalties and has a solid two way defensive back check game.
Nicklas Backstrom – WSH vs TOR – $7,400
Backstrom is one of the best facilitators in the league, and last game he also put three shots on net. The Maple Leafs played a little undisciplined and took three unwarranted penalties, which the Caps made them pay. Backstrom dominated the power play time along with Alex Ovechkin and Kevin Shattenkirk. If the Leafs keep taking that many penalties, the Caps will make them pay dearly. If you can’t afford Backstrom, moving down to the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov paired with Justin Williams might suit you better.
Ryan Getzlaf – ANH vs CGY – $6,900
Getzlaf came back to his old form and played phenomenal hockey Thursday night, he had a goal with an assist and four shots on goal and one block. The Flames had no answer for his size and his skill. Getting the last change at home, the Ducks can keep their playmakers away from Michael Backlund, who is one of the best shut down players in the league. The Johnny Gaudreau line is not a good defensive unit, and Getzlaf should be able to man handle his way around tonight. He is slowing down a tad as he ages, but he is still extremely talented and pairing him up with Rickard Rackell and Patrick Eaves is a good play. The Ducks had 41 shots on net last game and that doesn’t seem high.
Patrick Kane – CHI vs NSH – $8,100
Janet was held in check last game, but he still had six shots on net. He is the go to guy for Coach Quenville when he needs an offensive spark. The Preds clogged the neutral zone last game and had a solid game plan, but the Blackhawks will make adjustments and Kaner will certainly find ways of generating offense. Last game the Preds blocked 26 shots, that’s the most out of any playoff game this year. I don’t see them blocking that many again tonight, as the Hawks come into tonight with desperation. In the second period of last game the Blackhawks had 83.33% of 5v5 scoring chances (10-2) and 100% of the 5v5 high danger chances (3-0). In the third they had 63.64% of the 5v5 scoring chances (7-4) and 71.44% of the 5v5 high danger chances (5-2). Rinne stood on his head, and he will have to do it again tonight.
Patrick Eaves – ANH vs CGY – $5,800
Eaves was a great late addition from Dallas as he has slotted right in and has played great alongside Getzlaf and Rackell. He makes a perfect fit on the line as he is a physically player that likes to get in the dirty areas and he always has looks at rebounds and tips. Eaves had an assist and three shots on net last game and like I said earlier, this top line for Anaheim is very hard to match up with because they have size, speed, and skill. Look for more offense from his line tonight as the Flames can’t size up.
Justin Williams – WSH vs TOR – $4,900
Williams is a chalky play tonight, but for the right reason and he will be hard to fade for me. Williams is no stranger to the post season, and he steps up in big games, as evidence of his two goal outing on Thursday night which also included six shots on net. It’s pretty hard to fade him at his price with his experience and post season resume. Just make sure you differentiate your lineups as I said he will be chalk.
Kevin Shattenkirk – WSH vs TOR – $6,200
Shattenkirk will also bring some chalkiness tonight. He played a huge game Thursday and I don’t see any way he doesn’t continue what he is doing. Toronto gives up a TON of shot attempts, and they have been playing undisciplined giving up three extra man advantages last game. Shattenkirk logged 22 minutes and he was a staple on the power play. Lol for him to keep teeing off tonight.
Shea Theodore – ANH vs CGY – $3,500
On a slate like tonight and especially in the playoffs where we want the stars that make it happen, we need a punt or two that can help relieve us of salary. Theodore helps us do that and he is a good fit. Theodore is a good punt because he contributes in multiple facets of the game. He shoots the puck, gives us blocks and he also plays on the power play. We don’t need a ton out of him to pay off his salary and tonight he has the upside.
John Gibson – ANH vs CGY – $8,000
In the playoffs all the goalies are in play in a gpp, but Gibson has history on his side also. Gibson has played really well lately with a 1.87 GAA and a .942 save % in his last ten games. The Ducks have absolutely owned the Flames as they have beaten them 26 times straight in Anaheim and it spans 13 years! Now I’m not saying that that makes for an auto win, but the Ducks have jus been a better team all around. The Flames have tendencies to let goals in and I think the Ducks produce enough offense to get Gibson the W.
If you are looking to save a tad more cash, you can look to Pekka Rinne – $7,200 in tournaments only. Vegas thinks the Blackhawks win this game, and they also thought they would win Thursday. Rinne stood on his head and displayed a perfect outing, and if he can do it again there is no reason he doesn’t become the highest scoring Keeper of the night. Not for the fright of heart though.