NHL Power Plays 4/4/17  

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 13 games on Tuesday. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the three game slate on Monday left a bitter taste in some mouths as Henrik Zetterberg forgot the memo on scoring. Goaltending was optional for Buffalo and Ottawa. Even Petr Mrazek could not hold Detroit’s two goal lead but at least won in a shootout. Montreal’s top line and then Jack Eichel did not show up until late in their games. Florida scored just one goal against a third string goalie as Montreal clinched their playoff date with the New York Rangers. It was not that great of a night.

What Went Right?

Hey, Tuesday does feature 13 games overall with bigger prize pools. As for Monday night, Gustav Nyquist did score twice. Charlie Lindgren made 30+ saves and allowed just one goal for Montreal. Jonathan Marchessault delivered value and his 30th goal of the season. Petr Mrazek did make 41 saves and got the win on Monday. Erik Karlsson had a multiple point night when it looked like he would be a scratch earlier in the day. If only Anders Nilsson had started. Nilsson had 39 saves on 40 shots in relief. Toronto’s Auston Matthews scored his 39th on the season and Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist.

 

The Schedule For Tuesday, April 4, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Tampa BayBoston @*7:00 PM
PhiladelphiaNew Jersey7:00 PM
ColumbusPittsburgh7:00 PM
WashingtonToronto7:30 PM
Detroit @*Ottawa @*7:30 PM
WinnipegSt. Louis8:00 PM
NY IslandersNashville8:00 PM
CarolinaMinnesota8:00 PM
ArizonaDallas8:30 PM
ChicagoColorado9:00 PM
CalgaryAnaheim10:00 PM
EdmontonLos Angeles10:30 PM
VancouverSan Jose10:30 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 13 games starting at 7:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Ryan Spooner (BOS) — $7500
  2. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) — $7500
  3. Sven Andrighetto (COL) — $7800
  4. Joshua Ho-Sang (NYI) — $7800
  5. Jack Johnson (CLB) — $6200
  6. Anthony DeAngelo (ARZ) — $5900
  7. Los Angeles Goaltending — $14,300 (it’s very high risk!)

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Potential For Game Stacks

That is rather low because of the 13 game slate and so many good match-ups. It is not to say it cannot be done and there are three contests with a slightly higher potential. They are Boston-Tampa Bay, Washington-Toronto, and Columbus-Pittsburgh. Columbus and Pittsburgh have a ton to fight for including each other and all three games have playoff implications. These game stacks would be mini stacks and not of the line variety. Other than experimenting with a lineup, it is best to focus exposure on the six or seven games that one feels strongest about. Narrow that down if need be and then make those lineups. Let’s get into some of our power plays!

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Tyler Seguin – $7100 – DAL vs ARZ

Seguin is a chalky play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because most will concentrate on the fact that the center is playing Arizona who does not have Oliver Ekman-Larsson (personal reasons) in the lineup. Arizona was cratered to death by Los Angeles on Sunday and more of the same is expected on Tuesday. Next to the very top player, Seguin has the most potential simply because Arizona allows nearly 3.5 goals per game on the road. Sidney Crosby is not a bad idea but maybe more for cash if the dollars are there for that kind of pivot.

Patrice Bergeron — $6800 – BOS vs TAM

Bergeron is a nice GPP play and cash option against Tampa because the slate is so spread out with 13 games. He has seven points in his last ten games but five points in four meetings against the Lightning. This contest has the makings of being a higher scoring affair. The last one combined for nine goals by the way. Bergeron and the top line/power play will be options on Tuesday. This is the type of match-up that has the makings of a mini game stack. Nicklas Backstrom is a good pivot if one is looking for safer point potential. Brad Marchand makes an easy stacking option with say a Torey Krug or even Zdeno Chara to bring the price down a notch.

Tyler Johnson – $5400 – TAM vs BOS

Johnson is still a nice play in tournaments simply due to the fact that Boston at even strength and even the penalty kill could be a bit more vulnerable than usual. Johnson’s shot volume was low in his first game back and has been against Boston all year. He does have four points in three meetings though and Nikita Kucherov is a handful for even the best of the Bruins to contain. The triplets are expected to be dangerous on this night. Kyle Turris is a shifty contrarian pivot on Tuesday against Detroit in this price range.

Nathan MacKinnon — $5300 – COL vs CHI

MacKinnon is a risky GPP play and cash option against Chicago due to the fact that Colorado is just having a historically lost season. He does have seven points in his last nine games and also has four points in three meetings against Chicago this year. He is willing to shoot the puck often plus Chicago does have that below average penalty kill. Colorado has zero to lose so expecting the unexpected is not crazy talk here.

Travis Zajac — $4100 – NJD vs PHI

Zajac is a GPP play with upside against Philadelphia especially at his price. He has just two shots and one point in his last four games but plays a Flyers team that the center traditionally does well against. That goes for the top line as a whole. The last meeting was a disaster of a shutout but again fan appreciation weeks have some strange magic. Maybe that Patrik Elias retirement sparks something in New Jersey that has been missing most of the year. Tomas Hertl of San Jose is a great option at this price because he was cold up until last game for the Sharks.

Anthony Beauvillier — $3700 – NYI vs NSH

Beauvillier could be a nice surprise in tournaments on Tuesday night. The center is in a top six role and has the offensive part down pat with 26 shots in his last nine games. Yes, the defense needs work but this is an Islanders team playing for elevated roles next season. The center has five points in his last eight contests and could be worth taking a shot at. His ownership should be less than 1% on Tuesday night given the size of the slate.

 

Wingers

Nikita Kucherov — $7900 – TAM vs BOS

Kucherov is a semi chalky play in tournaments. He has 12 points in his last nine games which includes seven goals. The winger has 32 shots over this span and is generating the most chances by far. 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. Watch to see if Steven Stamkos comes back as that will have an effect on ownership. Patrick Kane will be even more chalky just because he is playing Colorado. Both possess excellent goal potential on a night where goals could come from many angles.

Leon Draisaitl — $6600 – EDM vs LAK

Draisaitl will be a moderate risk GPP play on Tuesday against Los Angeles just because of the ridiculous run him and Connor McDavid are on. They have combined for 11 goals and 37 points over the last ten games! There is a tendency just to run one contrarian stack out there just to ride the wave. Draisaitl does have five points in four meetings against the Kings this year. Shot volume and chances have been solid even against the Kopitar line.

Viktor Arvidsson — $6300 – NSH vs NYI

Arvidsson is going to go under the radar some on Tuesday because of how expansive the slate is. Some will go to Jamie Benn because of how bad Arizona is. That is understandable. However, Arvidsson has 30 shots in his last ten games and has big goal potential against an Islanders team just limping toward the finish line. This ties one in to some nice Filip Forsberg exposure (hey it is Tuesday) and Nashville’s going to be a stackable play easily.

T.J. Oshie — $6900 – WSH vs TOR

Oshie is a solid play in tournaments. He has 11 points in his last ten games which includes seven goals. The winger has 24shots over this span and is generating a lot of chances. A key variable will be how much gas does Toronto have left in the tank. This should be a high pace match-up between the two teams which should at least lead to scoring chances. Oshie has a lot of the same potential as William Nylander does on this night. People may not think so but Nylander is quietly turning up the goal count over the last 14 contests.

Jaden Schwartz — $5900 – STL vs WPG

Schwartz will be an easy GPP play on Tuesday against Winnipeg because the Jets are still so banged up. A half dozen players are out and several are just not 100%. Now, playing one or two players from Winnipeg’s top power play unit is a contrarian idea. However, Schwartz has 11 points in his last ten games and has rode shotgun well with Vladimir Tarasenko. Schwartz has started to create his own offense again which is a great sign. He is shooting the puck at almost a full shot more per game and has the speed to keep Winnipeg’s defense on its toes. This should set up well and on the power play to boot.

Jakob Silfverberg — $5700 – ANA vs CGY

Silfverberg is going to be a little higher owned in tournaments than expected simply because people realize that he is firing nearly four pucks on net a game of late. He has points in three straight games and literally has more power play potential than he has shown. This is a show me game for Anaheim and they need it if they expect to win the Pacific. With both top lines going, some may even key in on Corey Perry as a nice one-off. For the contrarian side, it may be Calgary’s second line that rekindles something on Tuesday night.

Richard Panik — $5200 – CHI vs COL

Panik will be a simple option in both cash and GPP’s due to his ability to get near the net and convert. It is like how Paul Byron just finds a way sometimes. The Chicago forward has five goals and seven points in his last nine contests on solid shot volume. This game tends toward hitting the over with ease and even Colorado may put up a few goals to force the pace a bit more out of Chicago. Can the Blackhawks respond? It sounds crazy but it is true.

Mike Hoffman — $5500 – OTT vs DET

Hoffman and even Kyle Turris will be a little higher owned in tournaments than expected simply because Detroit may be gassed defensively after that 45 shot barrage on Monday. The Red Wings did survive but Ottawa was fuming after the game. The winger has ten points in his last ten games and has moderate goal potential on Tuesday. Next to Erik Karlsson, Hoffman is the scariest player to face from the Senators because of how shifty he is and how effortless his shot is. Even the Ottawa power play gets a slight boost.

Jason Spezza — $4700 – DAL vs ARZ

Spezza will be a must own option in both cash and GPP’s for a little bit of price relief and point potential against an awful Arizona team. The only thing that can foil Dallas is Mike Smith basically. Arizona is going to give up 30-40 shots on Tuesday. It is a question of how many pucks wind up in the back of the net. The Coyotes have a horrendous penalty kill on the road of late (under 75% in the last 12 road contests). It is all about trying to find plays from anywhere and everywhere even with this spread out of a slate.

Mathieu Perreault — $4600 – WPG vs STL

Perreault is still hot enough to warrant being in lineups, especially in GPP’s. He has five goals and 12 points over his last ten games. St. Louis has a tendency to allow points to the forward as he has three in their three meetings including two goals that were disallowed. Chances have been there for the Jets forward and his speed is a major asset. The Blues’ second line does not have Paul Stastny to match up with the top players of Winnipeg so again this is not as against the grain as most would lead one to believe. Player like Tomas Tatar, David Perron, or even Teuvo Teravainen make intriguing choices on Tuesday.

Sven Andrighetto — $3900 – COL vs CHI

Andrighetto is value play hot on Tuesday in either cash or GPP’s. He is playing 18-19 minutes a night and producing at nearly a point a game of late so why not keep playing him. He has a goal in two meetings against Chicago on the year in very limited ice time. With more power play exposure, the winger could still be a sneaky play on Tuesday. That may not last much longer, however. Players are starting to catch onto him and his ownership is expected to only be dampened because of the very large slate.

 

 

 

Defensemen

Erik Karlsson – OTT vs DET – $7200

 

Karlsson is still a stout cash play tonight against Detroit with point upside. He can play nearly 25 minutes even at a good bit less than 100%. Monitor the situation closely just in case Ottawa tries to maybe rest him. It is not likely but always possible this time of year. He had a goal and assist against the Red Wings and has that kind of point chances once more on Tuesday. Again, the defenseman did get a couple games off due to his ankle injury. Pivoting up to Brent Burns is too risky even in cash unless it is on a flier but Victor Hedman or Roman Josi are a little bit more palatable.

 

Kevin Shattenkirk – WSH vs TOR- $5700

 

Shattenkirk sits at too great of a price in cash and tournament games tonight. That alone will bump up his value because of his power play possibilities. He may only have nine assists in his last ten games but those blocks and shots push his average to value alone. Toronto has struggled enough of late on the penalty kill to make Shattenkirk an easy option on Tuesday and his ownership should be low enough because most will be chasing either the chalk or extreme value plays to spend up on forwards. With so many choices, Washington becomes a team that could go under owned. The numbers are there and yes, Toronto gives up the most daily fantasy points to defensemen in the league.

 

John Klingberg – DAL vs ARZ – $5000

 

Klingberg is a great cash play tonight and good tournament decision on Tuesday against Arizona. His shot volume has been erratic of late but despite just 11 shots in his last ten games, he has generated at least a couple high danger chances in each of his last three contests. Klingberg has two goals in two games against Arizona and with no Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the gates are open. Dallas will see elevated ownership and Klingberg may get lost in that shuffle a bit. This game should feature some high event hockey particularly from Dallas’s side. Also, the defenseman is shooting for a 50 point season and is just three away.

 

Shayne Gostisbehere – PHI vs NJ – $4900

 

Gostisbehere is on a nice tear which will make him a reasonable play in tournaments. He has seven points during this recent five game point streak. New Jersey is looking toward trying to get the number two or even first pick more than anything else. Other than the top line, their lines could change again on Tuesday. New Jersey also has the third worst penalty kill at home in the league which is right up the defenseman’s alley. Expect New Jersey to come out fast which will make them susceptible to counter attacks and even taking penalties. It could be an unexpectedly wild game.

 

Zdeno Chara – BOS vs TAM – $4300

 

Chara is an under the radar GPP play on Tuesday. He has points in three of his last four games and has shown more flashes of that hard slap shot he is known for. The defenseman does a vast majority of his damage at even strength these days but that may be fine here in what is expected to be a moderate to higher scoring affair. Boston is close to a playoff berth and the defenseman is likely to be owned at a very low percentage. Some value plays as we dig deeper include Alex Goligoski, Anton Stralman, and even Esa Lindell.

 

 

Goalies

Pekka Rinne – NSH vs NYI – $8200

Rinne is a reasonable risk cash play going up against a New York Islanders team that could be questionable when it comes to shot and chance volume. Game one without John Tavares went quite well but Nashville is not Buffalo. The expectation is for some entertaining hockey here. Rinne has a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage over his last ten starts (6-2-2 record). He is only seeing 28.7 shots per 60 which is not that bad but enough to keep him on the cash/GPP borderline. The price is what makes him more geared to cash.

Keith Kinkaid – NJD vs PHI – $7300

Kinkaid is a high-risk tournament play only with the hopes of a moderately high save count and a cheap price. The goalie stopped 36 of 38 shots in his last start against the Islanders and has stopped 30 or more shots in two straight games. His numbers have not been great win-loss wise but from a saves standpoint, they have potential. New Jersey has little to play for other than fan pride which is at some historic lows. Home has not been kind to the Devils since that hot stretch early in the year but again maybe Patrik Elias being in the building does something.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Kinkaid or Rinne 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. Remember there are 13 games so some unexpected choices could just pop up.

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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!