NHL Power Play Numbers
With only four games on the slate this evening it looks like it will be another one of those pick a line and stick with them nights. Between the Washington at Winnipeg game and the Boston at Colorado game there looks to be plenty of top-line firepower this evening. That doesn’t even include the newly formed line in Chicago that features both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Let’s take a look at how some of the special teams units will stack up this evening.
Washington at Winnipeg
Winnipeg is a whopping -170 favorite in this one as they garner a sterling 7-2-1 record on home ice. The Jets power play is in a decent spot here as the Capitals have given up seven power play goals over the last 26 times that they have been sent to the penalty box. Tom Wilson looks to make his return this evening from a 14 game suspension so don’t be surprised if the refs look at him a little longer this evening. The Jets have played just four games over the last two weeks and have managed to connect on five of the 12 power plays that the team was awarded over that time frame. Blake Wheeler has been on fire over the last seven games as he has seen eight of the 16 points he has registered come with the extra attacker. Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine skate with Wheeler on the top power play line while defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and his eight points over the last seven games look to be a fine play this evening. Washington is usually good with the extra attacker but even they can be human at times as they have lit the lamp just four times over the last seven games when they have has the man advantage. Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are the targets here as they skate on the top line and have each scored six power play goals apiece so far this season. Defenseman John Carlson has racked up 10 of his 16 points while quarterbacking the team’s top power play unit.
St Louis at Chicago NBCSN 8pm EST
Just because the Blackhawks put their superstars together on the top line does not mean that they will start racking up power play goals. Kane and Toews will skate on the top line with Nick Schmaltz but that can only solve part of the problem as Chicago has scored just two power play goals over the last six games. The Blues have killed 16 of the last 18 short-handed situations they have been in so I’d look somewhere else for a power play goal this evening. The Blues have only netted three power play goals in their last five games but Vladimir Tarasenko has managed to grab five of his last eight points while skating on the team’s top power play unit.
Boston at Colorado
This game features two of the game’s most explosive lines as Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have tallied 31 goals and 37 points in the first 17 games. Of that number the trio has grabbed 12 goals and 17 assists while skating on the top power play unit. This should play out well this evening as the Avalanche have given up six power play goals over the last five games. Mikko Ranatanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog do the heavy lifting for Colorado as they have combined for 28 goals and 41 assists in the first 17 games. This is three goals less and four assists more than Boston’s top line which should make this an interesting game to watch this evening.
Anaheim at Vegas NBCSN 10:30 EST
Vegas comes into this one as a -170 favorite which is a little high for my blood. Both teams come into this one with 44 goals on the plus side and 54 goals on the negative side. Vegas has not done bad with the extra man over the last six games as they have struck for five goals over that time frame. Anaheim has been stingy however as they have killed 21 of 24 penalties over the last six games. On the flip side the Ducks haven’t done much with the extra attacker as they have scored just two goals in the last 19 power plays that have been given to them. William Karlsson has grabbed four of his team leading seven power play points over the last two weeks while defenseman Brad Hunt has responded to his uptick in power play time with three points over that same time frame. Of course vegas has decided to sit Hunt for tonight so look for Shea Theodore to be the option on the Vegas blue line this evening.