NHL Power Plays 4/2/17  

NHL Power Plays – April 2nd         

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 11 games on Sunday but only seven games on the main slate. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the Sunday main slate is split all over the place so we are doing something a little bit different given the circumstances. The reason is as follows. Michal Neuvirth collapsed on Saturday night. Fortunately, he will be okay but that was some scare. Sometimes, daily fantasy takes a bit of a back seat when events like this happen.

What Went Right?

Hey, Sunday does feature 11 games overall. The focus will be on the seven game main slate which includes several teams on back to backs and much more. Let’s get down to this schedule and our power plays for this evening.

 

The Schedule For Sunday, April 2, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
ColoradoMinnesota*6:00 PM
DallasTampa Bay*6:00 PM
WashingtonColumbus6:00 PM
San JoseVancouver7:00 PM
Philadelphia*NY Rangers7:30 PM
Anaheim*Calgary9:30 PM
ArizonaLos Angeles10:30 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. Sean Couturier (PHI) — $7900
  2. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) — $7100
  3. Sven Andrighetto (COL) — $7800
  4. Kris Versteeg (CGY) — $7100
  5. Alexander Edler (VAN) — $7600
  6. David Schlemko (SJS) — $6300
  7. Vancouver Goaltending — $13,900 (it’s very high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Eric Staal – $6500 – MIN vs COL

Staal 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. Staal’s line typically gives better than it gets so there is no contrarian play as far as Colorado there. Whomever matches up with his line could have a long night also. This also leads to the possibility of a power play stack for Minnesota to gain price relief in that way.

Tyler Johnson — $5400 – TAM vs DAL

Johnson is a nice GPP play and cash option against Dallas on Sunday if he plays. The center has missed over three weeks with an injury and was in contact drills on Saturday. He is extremely close to playing. Johnson had nine points in his previous nine games before he got hurt. If the center cannot go on Sunday night, then it looks like Brayden Point will be that top center play from Tampa once again. Sunday evening will be one to watch for pivots as the slate also includes a rare 9:30 and 10:30 game combination.

Sean Couturier — $4000 – PHI vs NYR

Couturier is a consistent GPP play on Sunday against New York especially at his price. He has ten points in ten games and literally is just producing slightly above value in almost every game. Couturier’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 away from home. New York will have a handful as their defense tries to shut down his line. Brayden Schenn makes a nice contrarian mini stack option on the wing and offers a little power play exposure as well.

 

Wingers

Nikita Kucherov — $7800 – TAM vs DAL

Kucherov is an extremely chalky play in tournaments. He has 14 points in his last ten games which includes eight goals. The winger has 36 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. Kucherov is one of the three highest projected forwards on the night. Johnny Gaudreau is a lower priced chalk pivot tonight if one is looking for the safe play. Watch to see if Steven Stamkos comes back as that will have an effect on ownership.

Chris Kreider — $5400 – NYR vs PHI

Kreider will be a moderate risk GPP play on Sunday against Philadelphia because there is still a little uncertainty as to how Philadelphia will come out after what happened to Michal Neuvirth last night. Kreider has two goals in his last three games but seems to be in a bit of an up and down pattern. That being said, the Rangers are rested and Philadelphia is far from it. The Flyers give up over three goals a game and they have a poor penalty kill away from home. Yes, the Rangers are not very good at home but usually are better against the Flyers (especially Kreider). Mid-priced pivots include Nick Foligno, Jakob Silfverberg, and Patrick Marleau.

Sven Andrighetto — $3900 – COL vs MIN

Andrighetto is going to be a little higher owned in tournaments than expected simply because people will to take a flier on him for his value play alone. Most will honestly just stumble upon him and then realize he has eight goals in his last nine games while getting top line ice time for Colorado. The Avalanche may have found themselves a real gem here. The forward always had potential but it was tough to fight the coaching staff and the depth chart in Montreal. He may even have some possibilities on the power play as well. Players in his price range include Jordan Weal, Max Domi, and Kris Versteeg.

 

Defensemen

Jared Spurgeon – MIN vs COL – $5200

 

Spurgeon is a good GPP play tonight against Colorado with point upside. He can play nearly 25 minutes if need be but has looked great since Ryan Suter took on a lesser offensive role. Spurgeon has six points in his last nine games with pretty good shot volume. Colorado just offers a great match-up that even Matt Dumba could be considered at a lesser price. The rationale for Spurgeon is that Victor Hedman will be so chalky. Hedman is nice for lineups but exposure to other defensemen cannot hurt here.

 

Alex Edler – VAN vs SJS- $3900

 

Edler sits at too great of a price in cash and tournament games tonight. That alone will bump up his value because of his excellent floor. He may only have four points in his last ten games but those blocks and shots push his average to value alone. San Jose has struggled enough of late to make Edler an easy option on Sunday and his ownership should be low enough because most have not stumbled onto him. Some plays in this price range (err pivots) may include David Savard, Nick Holden, and David Schlemko.

 

 

Goalies

Henrik Lundqvist – NYI vs NSH – $8100

Lundqvist is a high risk GPP play going up against a Philadelphia team that can put up lots of shots in high danger areas. The Rangers can be susceptible to speed rushes and that is troubling considering how fast Philadelphia is from certain lines. This is not just their first line but their bottom six even has flashes of acceleration that could cause trouble. Lundqvist was better against Pittsburgh but will have to almost stand on his head once again on Sunday. His home numbers are ugly but he is 2-1 versus Philadelphia with a 2.02 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. This is a rare case where due to dynamic pricing, it can be argued that Lundqvist is a hybrid play. What do we mean? Basically, he can be used as either a cash or GPP play. Brian Elliott might also be considered a hybrid play but again watch for confirmations as the “resting week” is about to begin.

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