The NHL Game Breakdown keeps on keeping on here on DraftKings. Today’s daily fantasy hockey breakdown will take an in-depth look at all of the games on the schedule in terms of expected pace of play, Vegas lines, and defense vs. position match ups. Friday has only two games on the slate as the calm before the storm is upon us. These four teams will play again on Saturday.
We have a nice way to make some money in a GPP tonight for the players who like to pick their spots.
The news is coming in, as always. Today’s daily fantasy hockey breakdown will include injury news, but make sure you are checking Twitter leading up to contest start time. Also – be sure to keep an eye out during warm-ups to make sure your player is not out for whatever reason. Check those pesky day to day injuries to see if players are being “rested” for tonight. Watch the Islanders roster when it comes out since several players are day to day currently.
Buffalo Sabres @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus has been hotter than Hades. They have won 10 of their last 11 and 14 of their last 17. If they had just been healthy a little earlier is a mantra heard so often that the Blue Jackets are sick of it. They have shown they can play against anyone and anywhere. This spread may go -400 or higher as Columbus has a wealth of forwards that Buffalo just cannot match. Yes the Sabres have a few hot players and goalie Anders Lindback but that is about it. Columbus can go 10,11, and even 12 forwards deep and get scoring from almost anywhere. If the defense falters then Sergei Bobrovsky can take over games and does not hurt that he has won a Vezina before. Buffalo might get a few goals but it will be tough to compete with the Columbus power play which should be able to feast on the Sabres penalty kill. Columbus also could vulture some shorthanded chances and again the Blue Jackets have the firepower down the middle in Ryan Johansen, Marko Dano, Artem Anisimov, and even Boone Jenner. That is a pretty scary thought.
Money Line: Blue Jackets -340, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Brian Gionta, RW, Sabres ($4800)
- Johan Larsson, LW, Sabres ($3300)
- Marko Dano, C, Blue Jackets ($4400)
- Jack Johnson, D, Blue Jackets ($5600)
*New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins *
This is one of those games where you take several looks at the over and shake your head violently in stunned disbelief. The Islanders give up goals in bunches and cannot hold leads. When you look at the Pittsburgh Penguins, one says the exact same thing. One or both of these teams is going to clinch a playoff spot or at least that is the belief. Sidney Crosby is the only player in the NHL that is averaging over 1.1 points per game at 1.11. Therefore, there will likely be no 90 point scorers in the league this year but this game could still feature a lot of offensive fireworks. Both goalies can get very shaky in a hurry. Jaroslav Halak is still wondering how Brayden Schenn scored on him Tuesday night. Marc-Andre Fleury had his share of awful moments in the Ottawa game where Pittsburgh blew a 3-0 lead and lost in overtime. Both power plays should be able to click but the Islanders are still a good bit lower than 80% on the penalty kill and that is a concern. The defenses will be attacked very heavily and nerves will be high especially early. The goaltenders are going to have to be amazing to keep the score down. John Tavares versus Sidney Crosby means sign me up!
Money Line: Penguins -125, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Anders Lee, C, Islanders ($3500)
- John Tavares, C, Islanders ($9000)
- Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins ($9200)
- Patric Hornqvist, RW, Penguins ($7600)