NHL Power Plays 4/26/17    

Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight features two games. It is like a present in many ways. The second round does not just start…it erupts! That is the best way to describe them. The late nights could very well continue considering the games are spread out (8:00 and 10:30). Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays as the Western Conference takes the spotlight. Here is tonight’s schedule.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, April 26, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
NashvilleSt. Louis8:00 PM
EdmontonAnaheim10:30 PM

 

* = No back end of back to back.

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Connor McDavid – $8300 – EDM vs ANA

McDavid is a chalk play in cash and GPP formats just because he must get so many points just to hit value. He needs a point or two at least and/or a high shot count. That is possible given that McDavid had seven points against Anaheim in the regular season. Space is tighter in the playoffs but Anaheim did allow their fair share of unblocked shot attempts against Calgary. Can John Gibson be stout once again against the Oilers this time? For a little power play exposure, Mark Letestu is not a bad choice here for some salary relief and Edmonton’s special teams can be dangerous. Ryan Getzlaf is the other chalk play tonight for Anaheim.

Paul Stastny — $4500 – STL vs NSH

Stastny is a lower risk GPP play and cash option against Nashville. The idea that the center has had a little rest after coming back from injury is helpful. He did have a goal and four shots in his first game back while playing 22 minutes. His low price makes him an easier own on Wednesday along with the fact that St. Louis is home. Playing with Vladimir Tarasenko is the boost here. This is expected to be the slightly lower event game so chance and shot volume may not be quite as plentiful. However, if top lines match up against each other then all bets are off. Spending up to Ryan Johansen has a bit of risk but so does Patrik Berglund (spending down). It should make for a crazy night.

 

Wingers

Vladimir Tarasenko — $7700 – STL vs NSH

Tarasenko is a super dicey play in tournaments. He has shots and scoring chances galore but will Pekka Rinne be as stingy as he was in Round 1 (.970 save percentage)? The Blues forward has 45 shots and almost as many scoring chances over the last ten games. He is dangerous every time he touches the puck and showed in the last game of the Minnesota series that he could still light the lamp. This series may feature a few more goals than expected. Tarasenko is a chalky play but so will Leon Draisaitl from Edmonton just because of the McDavid exposure.

Patrick Eaves — $5600 – ANA vs EDM

Eaves will be a nice GPP play against St. Louis because he is on a bit of a heater once again at the right possible time. He has eight points in his last nine games and does have five goals in that span. There are other picks to be had here like Viktor Arvidsson and some other Ducks players but Eaves has been the medicine for what ails Anaheim. He is mostly seeing around 15-16 minutes a night and being placed into more offensive situations which suits him just fine. Anaheim’s power play could be dangerous against Edmonton given that the Oilers took more penalties than any other team still left in the playoffs.

Kevin Fiala — $3600 – NSH vs STL

Fials is going to be low owned in tournaments simply because people will take a shot somewhere else. He had two goals in his last three contests. However, he tends to be erratic in generating scoring chances and shots. Fiala can be pure speed and counter ability which could infuriate St. Louis. However, defensively the winger is sometimes a liability. He gives as good as he gets. It is the goal potential (about one every four games) that has most intrigued. One has to think role players more and more as the rounds get deeper.

Drake Caggiula – EDM vs ANA- $3500

Let’s get a little dangerous with an ultra-dangerous risk pick for GPP’s and cash here as Caggiula did play on the top line with Connor McDavid in game five and six. He had six shots on goal and five scoring chances. His speed was particularly noticeable and San Jose had some issues. The problem was the conversion as goals did not quite happen. However, the Sharks were pinned in their zone quite a few times and could be again if the line is kept together. Caggiula will have to produce against Anaheim early to stay on that top line. Keep in mind, he may be shifted off the top line before game time. There have been rumblings of that possibility.

 

Defensemen

Oscar Klefbom – EDM vs ANA – $5300

 

Klefbom is an iffy play on Wednesday but could surprise. Illness err flu-like symptoms sidelined him on Monday but all signs point to him playing in game number one. He was allegedly also sick and or slightly injured during game six against San Jose. Klefbom has ten points in his last ten games and loves to fire shots from the point. Anaheim has the second highest unblocked shot attempts per game in the playoffs. If he cannot go, see if Cam Fowler does. He will be a game time decision so the late swap is a possibility albeit an uneasy proposition. The chalk defensemen will be Roman Josi and Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo has slightly more point potential. Ryan Ellis is again a play many could eventually gravitate towards due to that shot of his.

 

Kris Russell – EDM vs ANA- $3700

 

Russell still sits at a nice price in cash and tournament games tonight. That alone will bump up his value because of a decent floor and match-up. The defenseman is more effective when he keeps blocking shots. He has 44 blocks in the last ten games. When looking at this play, do not expect assists. This is strictly a floor play looking at shots and block shots. His ability to hit value is vital so that one can spend up in other places tonight. Shea Thedore is the risky play but also has more goal and point potential. Anaheim’s defense is banged up and he could benefit a lot.

 

 

Goalies

Jake Allen – STL vs NSH – $7900

Allen is a moderate risk choice for GPP and cash on Wednesday given the short slate. However, he has only yielded eight goals in five games. His save percentage has been very good and he fought through the toughest game in the playoffs better known as the elimination game. Nashville could be rusty which could lower shot attempts. Again, that is another reason why this could be dicey. The Predators are also playing a counter-attack style which could infuriate the Blues’ defense and Allen as well.

 

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Allen then pivot to Talbot perhaps. No one is sure what will happen with Nashville as far as rust. This is the type of slate where risk could be rewarded with the right mix of chalk plays. Watch out for any late changes.

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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.