NHL Power Plays 1/11/17

NHL Power Plays 1/11/17

NHL Power Plays 1/11/17

This week’s schedule has been different. 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 four games on Wednesday so let’s get cracking on what happened last night then look forward to tonight. This will be fast.

What Went Wrong?

Sadly, the late hammer was only good if you had John Gibson in net as he stopped 34 shots in a shutout over Dallas. Then there was that crazy game in Edmonton which seemed to have most of the wrong guys scoring. These things do happen in DFS. Sometimes the process needs a little tinkering because Mikkel Boedker was barely on the radar but maybe he should have been. He had started to play better but that hat trick was still unexpected. Philadelphia forgot to put pucks in the net again although that is not new of late. Chicago and Nashville underperformed a bit. The Blackhawks allowed three goals and Nashville only scored twice and that required overtime. That threw some of the projections for a bit of a loop.

What Went Right?

Hey, there was some more scoring! Like we said, San Jose tallied five times in Edmonton. Brent Burns had three points and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had two assists in his return. Anders Nilsson came minutes away from a shutout but wound up with a goal allowed and 39 saves. Pekka Rinne was just seconds away from the bagel but had to settle for an overtime win instead. Boston’s top six helped the Bruins sprint out to a 4-0 lead before holding on to a 5-3 road win. It was one that kind of was expected and yet there was a considerable level of surprise. Torey Krug had a goal and assist. Brad Marchand had two goals as the top line combined for six points on the night. The only drawback for Boston was the fact that Tuukka Rask faced only 15 shots then again there were several more viable options to be fair. Pekka Rinne did wind up with 28 saves for Nashville in that win by the way. Let’s see what Wednesday quickly has to offer.

 

The Schedule For Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Away Home Time (ET)
Florida NY Islanders 7:00 PM
Montreal Winnipeg 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh Washington 8:00 PM
San Jose Calgary 9:30 PM
  • = Teams are on the back end of a back to back
  • = NO Third game in four nights *
  • = No teams coming off a bye week.

 

Quick Plays (DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is used)

Centers

Sidney Crosby – $8300 / $9400- PIT vs WSH

Crosby is a plug and play in cash and even in some GPP formats just because of his near automatic production. The all world center has become more of a distributor over the last nine games with seven assists while averaging right around four shots a night. Those five goals are a bonus. His shooting percentage has slid back over the last dozen contests but that is little cause for concern given that revenge is on his mind after the 7-1 blowout from last meeting against Washington. Playing Crosby means one will have to explore options like Conor Sheary or even lower priced choices on defense to get some correlation and err exposure.

Mikael Backlund — $5800 / $6100- CGY vs SJS

Backlund is in a great GPP spot on Wednesday against a San Jose team on the back end of a back to back. The forward has seven goals and 12 points in his last ten games. The concern is that he has had two clunkers in a row but San Jose will be trying to stop that first line in any way, shape, or form. That should leave the Backlund line open at times in all phases including the penalty kill. Matthew Tkachuk is a slightly cheaper wing play that can be used for a mini stack. If one feels like rolling the dice, they may spend up to Sean Monahan but playing it safe may work better here.

 

Wingers

Nik Ehlers — $5700 / $6700- WPG vs MTL

Ehlers is a decent play in tournaments as Montreal showed on Monday that it is human at home. Winnipeg is enigmatic and can be great one night then awful the next. The winger has nine goals and 13 points in the last ten contests. He even tallied an assist with three shots on Monday. Ehlers hit a crossbar and a post in the process. Winnipeg’s shiftiest forward will cause fits even against Montreal’s team speed. Carey Price will have to be at his best whenever Ehlers is on the ice.

Anders Lee — $5300 / $5000- NYI vs FLA

Lee will be a high risk GPP play on Wednesday against Florida because of his decreased shot volume from the road trip. He had one shot in those two games and obviously zero points. The potential lies in the fact that he had six goals in the eight games before the duds. Florida is one banged up team and the Islanders can be quite physical. This lends itself to a lot of chances in close. The Islanders are not as futile as New Jersey offensively. Those last two games may steer people off Islander players. That is not necessarily an optimal strategy on a short slate like this.

Alexander Radulov — $5800 / $6500- MTL vs WPG

Radulov is certainly an intriguing play in tournaments tonight because he has value both on the power play and at 5 on 5. Winnipeg takes an awful lot of penalties and this can gain you some man advantage exposure to Max Pacioretty for just a little lower price. The winger has eight points in his last ten games and three power play points in the last eight. His shot volume has ticked up almost a half shot a contest over the last month. It does not seem like much but little things add up in daily fantasy. There are ways to mini stack or line stack with Radulov especially on DraftKings for a reasonable price.

 

Defensemen

Jeff Petry — $5000 / $5500- MTL vs WPG

Petry has solid point potential against a Winnipeg team that again gives up a lot of power play chances. The one concern is that Winnipeg is usually stingy when it comes to production from the blueline. They allow the seventh least daily fantasy points per contest. However, Petry’s floor typically saves him most nights when the offense does not come. If Montreal can press the pace then that helps Petry no question about it.

Dustin Byfuglien — $5600 / $6300- WPG vs MTL

This could be a brilliant GPP play everywhere just because Montreal looked a little ordinary against Washington in all facets. Winnipeg is not Washington by any stretch but Byfuglien is a player on the top line stack that can drive Montreal batty. The defenseman has 12 shots in his last three games along with a solid number of blocks. This is about assuring a good floor play with potential. Spending up to Brent Burns is costly in GPP’s and more risky. There will be more options listed later on social media.

 

Goalies

Thomas Greiss — $7400 / $8400- NYI vs FLA

Greiss should be a solid GPP play with some upside geared toward the chances of a win. The same can be argued for either goalie from the New York-Florida game but the Islanders tend to play better at home. The goaltender is going to be the starter for the foreseeable future and it comes down to a question of whether the Islanders can recapture that potent offense which was averaging four goals a game over a three week stretch. That was before their trip to Colorado and Arizona. Greiss has five straight quality starts (2 goals or less to boot) and the Islanders allow 30+ shots a night. Arguably, this is as high of a win chance as say Calgary.

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If for whatever reason, you are a little queasy on Jones then wait a little closer to confirmations. Tonight’s a night where one could even go Chad Johnson (if he starts) or Carey Price 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.

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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 and good luck with tonight!

 

Chris Wassel

Author: Chris Wassel

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