NHL Power Plays 4/9/17        

This week’s schedule is a bit more balanced to a point. 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 seven games on the Sunday main slate. Let’s get cracking on this edition of NHL Power Plays.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the Sunday main slate is split even over the DFS sites. With low prize pools, we offer a lighter than usual power plays simply because it is tough to gauge who may play. Yes, there may be more resting than already projected at press time. Resting players caused enough havoc in Saturday night’s games.

What Went Right?

Hey, Sunday does feature a seven game main slate at least. It is best to just jump right into the schedule. While we are it, we would like to thank the readers at FanVice for letting us do the job we do. Without you, there is no site. Also, thanks to Jaroslav Halak for that 35+ save performance last night.

 

The Schedule For Sunday, April 9, 2017

AwayHomeTime (ET)
Columbus*Toronto*6:00 PM
Colorado*St. Louis*6:00 PM
Carolina*Philadelphia*7:00 PM
Florida*Washington*7:00 PM
Pittsburgh*NY Rangers*7:00 PM
Los Angeles*Anaheim8:30 PM
Vancouver*Edmonton*9:00 PM

 

* = Back end of back to back.

News And Notes (Well More Notes)

Like we mentioned before, FanDuel and DraftKings are running a main slate of seven games starting at 6:00 PM ET. Here are some possible FantasyDraft Value Plays for tonight. Please note that FantasyDraft has an all-day game slate.

FantasyDraft Value Plays:

  1. Pavel Zacha (NJD) — $6400
  2. Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) — $7100
  3. Sven Andrighetto (COL) — $7800
  4. Brock Boeser (VAN) — $7100
  5. John Moore (NJD) — $6200
  6. Sami Vatanen (ANA) — $6900
  7. Los Angeles Goaltending — $14,000 (it’s very high risk!)

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Quick Plays (DraftKings pricing is used)

Centers

Auston Matthews – $7500 – TOR vs CLB

Matthews 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 good match-up against a vulnerable team. The center scored his 40th goal on the year against Pittsburgh. He should fare well against the depth of Columbus. Matthews offers a good floor and solid point potential on Sunday.

Patrik Berglund — $4400 – STL vs COL

Berglund is a nice GPP play and cash option against Colorado on Sunday. While most will be on Vladimir Tarasenko and rightfully so, Berglund is a mid-priced center that can get some results. He has three goals in four games against the Avalanche. Colorado is just playing out the string and was playing more loose than usual of late. There could be some goals in this one and not just from the main line. Consider Ivan Barbashev if one is searching for even more price relief.

Mark Letestu — $3400 – EDM vs VAN

Letestu is a value GPP play on Sunday against Vancouver especially at his price. He has points in consecutive games and Vancouver’s penalty kill is the third worst in the league on the road. The Oilers crowd will be in a huge frenzy over their playoff berth and what better way to send them off with a win and a few goals. The center is a cheap way to get Connor McDavid exposure on this night.

 

Wingers

Jeff Skinner — $6200 – CAR vs PHI

Skinner is a chalky play in tournaments. He has 11 goals in his last 11 games which includes a few assists too. The winger has 49 shots over this span and is generating the most chances by far. A key variable will be how much gas do these teams have left in the tank. This could be a high pace match-up between the two teams which should at least lead to scoring chances. Skinner potentially is a lower price alternative to Vladimir Tarasenko on a night where going a little outside of the box may just pay off.

Jake Guentzel — $5600 – PIT vs NYR

Guentzel will be a moderate risk GPP play on Sunday against New York because there is still a little uncertainty who may rest for Pittsburgh. He has 12 points in his last ten games including six goals. The scary part is that the forward had more opportunities for lots of points. That is the kind of pace which the Pittsburgh top line generates. The Penguins may play a more freewheeling game on Sunday night at MSG. It could lead to playing Chris Kreider as an alternative. Again, that is providing he plays as well. That was not certain at press time.

Sven Andrighetto — $3900 – COL vs STL

Andrighetto is going to be a little higher owned in tournaments than expected simply because people will take a shot on him for his value play alone. The Avalanche may have found themselves a real gem here. The forward always had potential but it was tough to fight the coaching staff and the depth chart in Montreal. He may even have some possibilities on the power play as well. He has nine points in his last ten games and has hit value in nine of those ten contests also. There is potential to spend up to Marcus Johansson if Washington rests some players as expected.

 

Defensemen

Alex Pietrangelo – STL vs COL – $6100

 

Pietrangelo is a chalky GPP play tonight against Colorado with more point upside. He can play nearly 25 minutes plus with ease. Pietrangelo has ten points in his last nine games with great shot volume. Colorado just offers a great match-up that makes him the play of the night if he is not rested. Justin Faulk and Shayne Gostisbehere will be sure play pivots in the case Pietrangelo does not go. Again, if he does, look out! He had an assist and six shots on goal in the last game against the Avalanche.

 

Brady Skjei – NYR vs PIT- $4500

 

Skjei sits at a nice price in cash and tournament games tonight. That alone will bump up his value because of a decent floor and match-up. He has seven points in his last ten games but those shots lately push his average to value alone. Pittsburgh has struggled enough defensively of late to make him an easy option on Sunday and his ownership should be low enough because most have not stumbled onto him. Some plays in this price range (err pivots) may include David Savard and Tyson Barrie as contrarian choices.

 

 

Goalies

Antti Raanta – NYR vs PIT – $7600

Raanta is a high risk GPP play going up against a Pittsburgh team that can put up lots of shots in high danger areas and score goals. The Rangers can be susceptible to speed rushes and that is troubling considering how fast Pittsburgh is from certain lines. This is not just their first line but their bottom six even has flashes of acceleration that could cause trouble. Raanta had a 30 save shutout in Los Angeles in his last start. The goalie has shown better numbers than Henrik Lundqvist of late. In his previous ten starts, Raanta has a solid 2.17 GAA and .926 save percentage. The Penguins may rest people but with how their injury situation is, the pace should go both ways.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Raanta then wait a little closer to confirmations. Braden Holtby and Jake Allen are going to be top cash options on the night. 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.

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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…the last night of the regular season.