NHL Power Plays 4/28/17            

Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight features two games. It is like a present in many ways. Game two of the second round sometimes has unexpected adjustments along with the expected. 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 Friday, April 28, 2017

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


* = No back end of back to back.


Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)


Ryan Getzlaf – $7200 – EDM vs ANA

Getzlaf 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 decent shot count. That is possible given that Getzlaf has 14 points in his last ten games. Can Cam Talbot hold the fort down late again? That is a legitimate question given how fast paced that third period was in game one. Edmonton had few answers for Getzlaf who could seemingly create at will and has found his goal scoring touch this postseason. Connor McDavid is the other chalk play tonight from the center position.

Paul Stastny — $4800 – 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 has points in two straight games and six shots on goal in that span. His low price makes him an easier own on Friday along with the fact that St. Louis is home. Playing with Vladimir Tarasenko is the boost here. This is expected to be a moderate event game so chance and shot volume may be decent. 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. The early pace is going to be key here especially if the goalies are a bit jittery.



Vladimir Tarasenko — $7700 – STL vs NSH

Tarasenko is still a dicey play in tournaments. He has shots and scoring chances galore and Leon Draisaitl makes a heck of an alternative considering the price. Nashville slowed him down to just two shots in game one. The Russian has to pick up the pace scoring chance wise and on the power play. The Predators have a suspect penalty kill at times. They also yield a good bit of unblocked shot attempts. If he is going to come up with a gem of a performance, it is tonight. The Blues are going to try to set up Tarasenko even more as far as offensive zone starts tonight.

Patrick Eaves — $5900 – ANA vs EDM

Eaves will be a nice GPP play against Edmonton because he is on a bit of a heater once again at the right possible time. He has nine points in his last nine games and does have six 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. The Oilers had a tough time with Eaves and it was only Cam Talbot who bailed out Edmonton quite a bit despite allowing three goals.

Colin Wilson – NSH vs STL- $3100

Let’s get a little dangerous with an ultra-dangerous risk pick for GPP’s and cash here as Wilson could see an increased role with the Kevin Fiala injury (broken femur). Wilson just finds a way to produce in the playoffs and was a late game one add. He may play more than the 15 minutes of action the winger saw in the first game. The goal was impressive but the four shots and three scoring chances were telling. His speed and hands are just enough to create space in these playoffs. Nashville has lots of depth but it is always a question of utilization. Now, Wilson must be played more and St. Louis will be challenged to find an answer for him. His price makes for the perfect punt play.



Colton Parayko – STL vs NSH – $5000


Parayko is a solid play on Friday against a Nashville team that was willing to go up and down the ice a bit more at times. The result was a game where the defenseman had a goal on five shots. Again, this all comes down to Parayko hitting the net. Staying away from the chalk here a bit may be beneficial as Ryan Ellis or Oscar Klefbom may be alternative. Do not get sucked in by Adam Larsson’s three point game. That would be chasing the points in a bad way. If going a bit more chalky, Roman Josi just has solid upside against St. Louis. The reason for Parayko is the Blues power play and that booming shot. He is just hitting the net at higher and higher rates lately.


Brandon Montour – ANA vs EDM- $3000


Montour is a moderate risk punt play with some upside on Friday. He had an assist on three shots in game one and figures to get about the same chances in game two. The pace was unexpectedly high in this late contest. It might be again. One thing to look out for is the availability of Sami Vatanen. If he does go, that could eat into Montour’s time some. He is a punt in the truest of senses here. Shea Theodore is viable but that is going up some $1200 in price. Kris Russell had an off game in game one but remains a decent value play to just hit value and little else.




Jake Allen – STL vs NSH – $7800

Allen is a moderately high risk play for GPP and cash on Friday given the short slate. That game one was troubling but remember every goalie gave up at least three goals. A lot of lessons were learned but there is this sneaking suspicion that goals could still be had in game two. The goalie that makes the last save may just win again here. This may be the night to even look at John Gibson given how angry he was after allowing four third period goals on Wednesday.



If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Allen then pivot to Gibson perhaps. This is the type of slate where risk could be rewarded with the right mix of chalk plays. Watch out for any late changes. For Sunday, we will have a series capsule of what went right and wrong as the home scenes shift.


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.