NHL Power Plays 4/8/17        

With only two days left in the regular season there isn’t much going on because the playoffs are pretty much set, but there are a couple games that have meaning.   Nashville and Calgary are battling it out pretty hard to stay away from the Blackhawks in round one and if one of the teams loses they will get the Hawks.  The really interesting one is the wild card situation in the East.  The Leafs are fighting for their lives and they need to win tonight to clinch.  The Lighting and the Islanders are both depending on the Leafs to lose to have a chance at the playoffs, but nothing matters if the Leafs win. You can count on the Leafs to break out all the stops tonight and give everything they got vs the Penguins.  The rest of the games your guess is as good as mine who will play or who will rest.  Keep your eyes on the Twitter machine and please make sure your guys are in!  The Zero hurts a lot if you get caught with your pants down.

When you are making you teams I can’t stress enough that you need to make sure your goalie is actually confirmed and starting.  Sites like Dailyfaceoff.com, Leftwinglock.com, and Goaliepost.com are great places for information.  Another great place to get up to the minute news and information is the teams and beat writers for the teams themselves.  I have created a list on Twitter @Votts_DFS for all of the NHL teams, and a separate list of all the beat writers for you to follow, it’s a great tool and a necessity.  Now let’s dig into the slate and see if we can find you a couple plays to help you take down that big GPP.  Here are your Power Plays for tonight, good luck!

The advanced stats that I use and reference in this article come from Corsica.hockey and also puckalytics.com.

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Full Schedule for Saturday April 8th , 2017

AWAYHOMETIME
ChicagoLos Angeles6:00 PM
NY IslandersNJ Devils6:00 PM
BuffaloFlorida6:00 PM
MontrealDetroit7:00 PM
NashvilleWinnipeg7:00 PM
PittsburghToronto7:00 PM
St. LouisCarolina7:00 PM
ColoradoDallas8:00 PM
MinnesotaArizona9:00 PM
CalgarySan Jose10:00 PM
EdmontonVancouver10:00 PM

BOLD = Back to Back

 

Pricing is in DK format unless otherwise noted.

CENTERS

Connor McDavid –EDM @ VAN – $8,400

McJesus has been enfuego, he has a 12 game point streak going with 21 points in that streak, yeah that’s ridiculous.  He now has 97 points on the year and gets a nice matchup to catch that 100 point season.  The Oilers have clinched a playoff spot but are still jockeying for position, I think they feed McJesus early and often to get him to the century mark tonight.

Tyler Seguin – DAL vs COL – $7,400

Seguin makes an extreme pivot and contrarian play tonight, but what would a Power Play article be without picking on Colorado? Seguin has been almost invincible with only two points in his last ten games, but the matchup tonight is too good to pass up in a flyer situation and big gpps.  Colorado is starting Jeremy Smith in net, and if you know anything about him, he is bad.  Smith is rocking a 3.64 GAA and a wretched .880 save %.  I know it sounds horrible but in big gpps it might be worth throwing a dart with a little game stack here.

Austin Matthews – TOR vs PIT – $7,700

Matthews has gone pointless in his last two games but he still has 11 points in his last ten.  Toronto has to win tonight to clinch the playoffs and the Penguins seem to be laying back a little by sitting Evgeni Malkin.  The Kadri line will certainly match up with the Crosby line with last change, leaving either the Matthews line or the Bozak line to match up with the depth matchups.  Toronto has a lot of talent and with their determination I think they get it done tonight.  The Penguins give up a lot of scoring chances, and with the amount of young firepower the Leafs have, they should capitalize.  The Bozak line is also in play.

Mikael Backlund – CGY @ SJ – $5,200

Calgary is fighting the Predators to stay away from the Blackhawks in round one of the playoffs as they are both tied with points.  The Sharks have been playing horrible going 3-9 over their last twelve games.  The Sharks are also missing some key components in Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, but they will be back for the playoffs.  You can look to the Flames to try to grind one out here tonight.  Backlund is always a better play on the road because he plays the shutdown role at home with last change, and since they are in the road he gets more freedom and better matchups because the Sharks will look to detain the Johnny hockey line.

 

WINGERS

Blake Wheeler – WPG vs NSH – $6,800

Wheeler has been lights out with a seven game point streak and ten points in those games.  He looks to play a little bit of a spoiler role tonight to set the Preds up with the Blackhawks in the first round. Winnipeg has nothing to play for so you could look at it two ways here: they try to pad wheelers stats and play spoiler, or they lay down and grab their golf clubs. I’m leaning in the fact that Wheeler has pride and wants to light the lamp.

Evander Kane – BUF vs FLA – $6,500

You wouldn’t know the Sabres have had nothing to play for the past week by the way Kane has been playing.  He has only tallied three points but he has average 5, yes 5 shots a game over the last ten games!  We all know Florida shut down a couple guys for the rest of the year, and being on the road, Kane will get the better matchups.  Florida over the last five games has a goals against average of 4.8 GAA. Yeah you can say they mailed it in.  Kane should be teeing up tonight.

James Van Riemsdyk – TOR vs PIT – $5,700

I know I wrote up Matthews earlier and William Nylander is definitely in play and must play if you are on the Matthews train, but if the Bozak, JVR, Marner line gets to see the depth matchups then they could have a big night also.  I love both lines and I think the way I will approach it is by splitting my exposure between the two.  The Leafs need to win his game, and like I said earlier, the Pens are helping her by sitting Malkin, I’ll ride the desperation narrative.

Gabriel Landeskog – COL @ DAL – $4,300

Landeskog has been the only thin on the Avs that has been palatable,,and that’s no joke.  But the matchup tonight is solid and Landeskog has actually been playing good hockey.  He has goals in three straight, and he has been firing he puck at least four times in three games straight.  Dallas has the worst penalty kill in the league on home ice with a 74.2% kill rate. Oh’ and the Stars are also giving up 3.17 goals a game. Landry saves you salary in  a good spot.

 

DEFENSEMAN

Roman Josi – NSH @ WPG – $6,400

Josi has been solid all year long producing points and stats.  He has been a rock on the blue line for the power play, which the Jets love taking penalties and have trouble killing them.  Josi is averaging 3.5 shots and over a block per game for a solid floor alone.  Add in the extra man advantages he should see tonight and leaky goaltending and you have a fine spot.  The Preds need to win this game tonight to stay away from the Hawks and they should give it their all.

 

Alex Goligowski – ARI vs MIN – $3,700

Goligowski is an interesting punt tonight, as of this writing the Wild are sitting Granlund, and Spurgeon, and could possibly rest more.  Goligowski has logged massive minutes because Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been out.  He is also on the top power play unit, and since neither teams have anything to play for, I could see the Coyotes putting a couple up on the board tonight.  Goligowski has six points over his last ten and he is averaging 3.2 shots & blocks also.

David Schlemko – SJ vs CGY – $3,300

Looking for more punts to get you the studs tonight you could do worse than Schlemko.  The Sharks have been giving him about 18 minutes of ice time and he has averaged a couple shots and a couple blocks per game giving a steady floor.  Calgary is determined and needs to win to stay away from the Blackhawks and Schlemko should see plenty of rubber to block tonight

 

GOALIE

Jaroslav Halak – NYI @ NJ – $7,900

Halak has look phenomenal winning four straight and only letting in four goals in them games.  The Islanders have no choice but to win tonight, but they need help to stay alive for the post season.  New Jersey is averaging 1.8 goals for in the past five games and they have pretty much mailed it in.  Look for the Isles to continue their aggressiveness tonight and Halak could steal the win.