NHL Power Plays 3/29/18
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Aleksander Barkov – FLA at OTT
DraftKings – $7,600
FanDuel – $7,600
Ottawa has returned to an old third line of theirs – though now because of injuries it’s a second line – of Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Tom Pyatt, and Mike Hoffman. They have been used as a “shutdown” line against other top lines and have been torched when doing so; when skating together, that trio controls just 38.2 percent of the shot share and is on the ice for over 77 shot attempts per 60 minutes at five-on-five. Their expected goals against per 60 minutes is nearly 4.00. To say they are getting crushed would be an understatement.
Being matched up against Pageau and company is great news for Barkov and his line mates. The line of Barkov-Dadonov-Bjugstad have been monsters offensively since being assembled being on the ice for over 70 shot attempts per 60 minutes at five-on-five and 3.56 expected goals per 60 minutes. That expected goals rate is second in the league behind the top line from Columbus.
Despite being on the road and on a back-to-back, it’s hard to fade Barkov in this spot. As far as matchups go, this is about as good as it gets in the NHL. Throw in the fact that he’s virtually locked in for over 20 minutes and your lineups, both cash games and tournaments, should be littered with either Barkov (cash) or a full-line stack (GPPs).