NHL Power Plays 4/3/17  

NHL Power Plays – April 3rd          

This week’s schedule is a bit more up and down. 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 just three games on Monday. Let’s get cracking on this brief edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the Sunday main slate being so split drove some nuts. However, Colorado rolled over to Minnesota as expected even if Devan Dubnyk gave up two more goals than most thought he should. The Rangers were up 4-1 against Philadelphia then allowed two late tallies to make it interesting. That crushed some who had Henrik Lundqvist as a good cash play. Anaheim found a way to score just enough to keep Calgary from winning at home. Los Angeles held Arizona to just 15 shots on goal and still lost which eliminated them from playoff contention. Vancouver managed just one goal at home against San Jose.

What Went Right?

Hey, there were nine goals combined in Tampa Bay which was great. Minnesota scored five against Colorado almost as projected (yes, the Wild were expected to score 4.14 goals according to projections). Mike Smith stopped over 30 shots in the Arizona win over Los Angeles. Martin Jones had 29 saves in the San Jose road win over Vancouver. Tomas Hertl had two goals almost out of nowhere. Ryan Kesler had three assists for Anaheim while Kris Versteeg tallied twice for Calgary. There were good performances out there but the split slate was a little cruel on Sunday evening. Next up, here is Monday night’s schedule.

 

The Schedule For Monday, April 3, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
TorontoBuffalo*7:00 PM
OttawaDetroit7:00 PM
MontrealFlorida7:30 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 three games starting at 7:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Andreas Athanasiou (DET) — $7500
  2. Andrew Shaw (MTL) — $7500
  3. Brian Gionta (BUF) — $7100
  4. Paul Byron (MTL) — $7400
  5. Michael Matheson (FLA) — $6900
  6. Nathan Beaulieu (MTL) — $6800
  7. Detroit Goaltending — $13,900 (it’s very high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Jack Eichel – $7700 – BUF vs TOR

Eichel 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. Eichel’s line typically gives better than it gets so there is no contrarian play here. Whomever matches up with his line could have a long night also. This also leads to the possibility of a power play stack for Buffalo to gain price relief in that way. It is a coin flip between him and Auston Matthews really. Pivoting down to Henrik Zetterberg or even Kyle Turris is not a bad choice either.

Phillip Danault — $4400 – MTL vs FLA

Danualt is a nice GPP play and cash option against Florida on Monday. The center has eight points and three goals over his last ten games. His shot volume is solid enough and playing with top talent like Max Pacioretty does not hurt. Florida will be playing very loose since they have been eliminated. Montreal could have even more in the way of chances than they usually do in Florida. Frans Nielsen could be a pivot play here even.

 

Wingers

Max Pacioretty — $7000 – MTL vs FLA

Pacioretty is an extremely chalky play in tournaments. He has eight points in his last ten games which includes four goals. The winger has 36 shots over this span and is generating the most chances by far. A key variable will be who matches up against the Montreal top line with Aleksander Barkov out. It may be the second line but even then, Pacioretty should get his fair share of chances. William Nylander is an intriguing choice and yet so is Jonathan Marchessault. It is just that type of night where it is okay to think a little outside the box.

Tomas Tatar — $4500 – DET vs OTT

Tatar will be a moderate risk GPP play on Monday against Ottawa because some will still tend their favor toward the Senators. Tatar has six goals and nine points in his last ten games on 21 shots. The top line left winger benefits greatly from playing with Henrik Zetterberg and offers a little price relief on any Detroit stack. Ottawa is expected to be without Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci. They look decimated against Winnipeg and may look almost as bad against Detroit defensively.

 

Defensemen

Rasmus Ristolainen – BUF vs TOR – $5700

 

Ristolainen is a decent GPP play tonight against Toronto with some point upside. He can play 25 minutes plus and yet can save nights where it looks like he has having a bad time of it. Ristolainen has 25 power play points on the season and Toronto has been a bit leaky on the penalty kill lately. There is moderate risk here only because he could have higher ownership because of attrition, literally. Shea Weber and Keith Yandle are some pivot options here that could be used. Even Andrei Markov has possibilities on this night.

 

Michael Matheson – FLA vs MTL- $3500

 

Matheson sits at a decent price in cash and tournament games tonight. He is high risk because the defenseman has just one goal in his last ten games but has had better chances in the previous couple contests. Florida has zero to play for and maybe that will cause some unexpected results. Matheson has higher potential than he has shown over the past few weeks. This is a true shot in the dark based on possibilities more than any projection. Roman Polak and even Nathan Beaulieu could be solid plays in this price range.

 

 

Goalies

Petr Mrazek/Jimmy Howard – DET vs OTT – $7000

Either goalie is a moderate risk GPP play going up against an Ottawa team that still has a formidable offense but the problem is Ottawa is missing their top two defensemen. The Senators were already in trouble with Erik Karlsson out and the last couple games were bad from a shot attempts standpoint. This means Detroit could have a little margin for error with their goaltending. Starting either netminder almost has to be done due to the dynamic pricing. This offers price relief and a way to go in several different directions when it comes to lineup construction. Frederik Andersen and even Carey Price are going to make good cash/hybrid plays but again…Detroit.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Detroit’s goaltending 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, injuries, and rest. 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!