NHL Power Plays 4/29/17
We head back to the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Penguins and the Senators up one game to none on their opponents. Today’s slate is a split slate with the Rangers vs Senators game pretty early in the afternoon so keep an eye out on any changes because the tourney lock early! The high powered offenses from the Penguins and the Caps should emerge as the popular play, for the right reason, but let’s dig in and see if we can find some other spot. Here’s the Power Plays for tonight, good luck!
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Schedule for April 29th, 2017
|NY Rangers||Ottawa||3:00 PM|
Evgeni Malkin -PIT @ WSH -$8,000
Yes, Crosby had the better game on Thursday night, but Malkin still leads the playoffs with 11 points and has been playing solid. Malkin will also be lower owned than Sid the Kid as people will be chasing with recency bias. I’m not saying don’t play Crosby by any means, the guy is arguably the best centers In the NHL. The reason I’m lowering exposures because the Capitals have no choice but to make adjustments to stop Crosby and with the difference in ownership and Malkin still has a ton of upside. This game has scoring chances galore, we just need the in the right plays here.
Derek Brassard – OTT vs NYR – $4,900
Brassard has been a steady producer for the Senators and need him in the playoffs to keep his play going. Brassard has been firing the puck at steady clip with 13 shots in his last three games, and five on Wednesday. Lundqvist stood on his head and flashed the old Lundqvist we all knew, but I don’t think he can continue to get peppered with 43 shots and stop them all but two again. The Rangers have some offensive firepower themselves, but they have shown even during the regular season that they don’t mind giving up a lot of shots either.
Patrick Hornqvist -PIT @ WSH – $5,400
If you are going with the Crosby line Or are even Ling for a one off, Hornqvist Makes for a solid play. I have been a big proponent of Hornqvist playing alongside Crosby because their style of play meshes together so well. Hornqvist is a gritty player that sets up shop in the crease and makes the goaltender uncomfortable all game. When he plays with Crosby, he gets a ton of deflection and rebound opportunities and if he isn’t causing havoc in front of the goalie he usually finds the open ice to get a shot off.
Rick Nash – NYR vs OTT – $5,600
Nash has been a little quiet in the post season with three points in the seven post season games this year, but that could all change soon. Nash is a big body with elite talent and he makes for a mismatch against the senators. If the Rangers can find ways to keep getting him the puck, he should have a successful night. It’s going to be tough to get by goaltender Craig Anderson, but it can be done. Nash recorded 23 CF events and 16 CA events, he had the highest Corsi of any forward and the highest CF +/- of all the forwards on the Rangers.
Ryan McDonagh – NYR @ OTT – $5,300
McDonagh has been a key part of the Rangers success so far. He is logging a ridiculous amount of ice time, and the Rangers are leaning heavily on him to man the point in all situations because they lack depth at the position. Over the last four games he has logged an average of 26.5 minutes of ice time. McDonough plays on the top power play unit also and he chips in on multiple categories. When I look for defenseman, I look for a guy that plays solid minutes, has upside, and blocks shots. McDonagh does all of that.
Ron Hainsey – PIT @ WSH – $3,200
Hainsey has been logging over 20 minutes of ice time and he has also been producing in multiple categories like the next person in this write up. Hainsey has 12 blocks and nine shots on goal in his last four games. Not to mention the three points to go along with them stats. If your looking for value Hainsey is your man, or you can turn to this next guy also.
Cody Ceci – OTT vs NYR – $3,600
Ceci saves you some much needed salary to pay up for the big dogs. Ceci has been logging big minutes and he has consistently produced shots and blocks. He may not get that coveted to power play time, but he does get a little time on the second unit. Ceci doesn’t need to do much to pay for salary off and with his floor he makes a solid play.
On a two game slate it’s recommended to have exposure to all goalies to embrace the variance with these evenly matched teams.
Henrik Lundqvist – NYR vs OTT – $7,900
Lundqvist has had a resurgence of youth lately as he was shaky all year, but has settled down in the post season and seems to be in a good frame of mind. He has a tough task ahead of him as evidence of last game where he faced 42 shots. If can keep his solid play up, and have his offense help him produce a little more, he could have a big night. Even though he gave up two last game and didn’t get the Win bonus, he still came out with 6.2 DK points, if he would have secured the victory it would have been a big night.