The NHL Game Breakdown keeps on keeping on here on DraftKings. We take an in-depth look at all of the games on the schedule each day in terms of expected pace of play, Vegas lines, and defense vs. position match ups. Saturday is the final day of the regular season and all 30 teams play. There are five games during the afternoon and ten more at night. Several slate options exist for you to make some money but we have one for you below.

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Injury Updates

The news is coming in, as always. Make sure you’re checking Twitter, and 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. There will be quite a few players resting because of a variety of scenarios. Be alert1

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New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals

Game Analysis

Washington has home ice to play for in round one while the New York Rangers could not give a hoot about which way the wind blows in this one. Braden Holtby will be in net for Washington but will it be Henrik Lundqvist or Cam Talbot for the Rangers? Either way, the next question is which Rangers get the wonderful rest break again? Will it be the same ones or different. Watch out for Martin St. Louis but just in case have the Rangers bottom six in the back of your head for desperate value options. Someone is going to get top six time from there. The Capitals will play hard and the chances of them winning are pretty high. Let’s be honest. Both teams have been hot but again the #1 power play in the league in Washington should be fun to watch against a team that does not have the incentive to play. Let’s see how this one turns out. A top six stack for the Caps is a possibility.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Martin St. Louis, RW, Rangers ($4800)
  • Kevin Hayes, RW, Rangers ($3700)
  • Alex Ovechkin, LW, Caps ($9200)
  • Joel Ward, RW, Caps ($4000)

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*Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers *

Game Analysis

This is a game Ottawa must obviously win but can they? Andrew Hammond has led the Senators mostly to a 20-3-3 record in their last 26 games. All they have to do is win and they are in. Philadelphia often causes some problems for Ottawa and Erik Karlsson has been a little off lately. The Flyers played a high wire act against the New York Islanders where they blew a 4-1 lead only to steal the two points back with a late Brayden Schenn goal. Their defense can be quite an adventure at times but Steve Mason has been very good at home with one of the best five save percentages in the league in the friendly confines of Philadelphia. Ottawa will be a bundle of nerves even if they do not want to admit it. If Mason starts off hot early, oh boy this will get interesting quick. The moment of truth will come soon enough for the Senators.

Money Line: Senators -145, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Mark Stone, RW, Senators ($6000)
  • Kyle Turris, C, Senators ($5500)
  • Claude Giroux, C, Flyers ($8500)
  • Jakub Voracek, RW, Flyers ($7400)

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Calgary Flames @ Winnipeg Jets

Game Analysis

The game is for seeding basically. So yes, these two teams have something to play for. Suddenly Winnipeg and Calgary have played some “under”whelming hockey in the sense that the unders keep hitting. Keep in mind that Winnipeg is resting some of their banged up centers in Matthieu Perreault and Bryan Little so Calgary will immediately have a slight advantage even with Dustin Byfuglien coming back after a four game suspension. Talk about returning just in time as he can play forward or defense. Either way, Ondrej Pavelec will be in for Winnipeg and Jonas Hiller will man the pipes for Calgary. Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba versus that first line in Calgary will be some afternoon and a heck of a game to watch. If you are looking to stack in a GPP, this may be a bit too much of a risk to take so tread carefully.

Money Line: Jets -130, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($5300)
  • Jiri Hudler, RW, Flames ($5500)
  • Mark Scheifele, C, Jets ($4400)
  • Michael Froik, RW, Jets ($4700)

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*Minnesota Wild @ St. Louis Blues *

Game Analysis

What do the Wild do knowing that Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen are coming back? Simple, Devan Dubnyk is inserted back in between the pipes for Minnesota. The players that rested on Thursday for Minnesota (Parise, Vanek, and Niedereiter) will play on Saturday. Now who will start for St. Louis on Saturday afternoon? It might just be Jake Allen one more time. However, prevailing thought seems to suggest that Brian Elliott has gotten the nod. So, please keep an eye on this early in the day. The players coming back into the lineups should have no trouble chemistry wise as this could be a first round match-up possibly. It will be interesting to see how St. Louis attacks the fairly stout Minnesota penalty kill and of course, Dubnyk himself. This might be low scoring but then again the Blues suppress shots well and Minnesota possesses the puck pretty good. Something has to give!

Money Line: Blues -160, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Mikko Koivu, C, Wild ($4900)
  • Mikael Granlund, C, Wild ($4200)
  • Alex Steen, LW, Blues ($5400)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Canadiens ($5300)

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San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings

Game Analysis

Two teams heading to the golf course on April 12th renew hostilities in the final game of the season. Antti Niemi figures to start against Jonathan Quick. The regular season clashes are mean spirited and usually very evenly matched. With both teams strangely out of the playoffs, no one really knows quite what to expect. San Jose quit against Dallas but fired 52 shots against Edmonton. As for Los Angeles, this is a bit of a first in awhile for them. The unknown makes this a bit odd. San Jose almost eerily plays it too even to be a playoff team and their penalty kill is not very good to say the least. Part of it is the goaltending during those situations. Los Angeles just has problems in high danger scoring areas even though they suppress shots very well and have a very good Corsi or SAT rating. It will definitely be a heated game and expect the fireworks to be plenty!

Money Line: Kings -145, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Brent Burns, D, Sharks ($6500)
  • Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks ($8000)
  • Anze Kopitar, C, Kings ($5300)
  • Jonathan Quick? , G, Kings ($8300)

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Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Islanders

Game Analysis

Both teams won last night and honestly Columbus is the hotter teams but the team from Long Island is actually going to the playoffs and has a chance to nab home ice for the first round against the Washington Capitals. All they will need help from is the New York Rangers and then the rest is up to them. Keep an eye closer to lineup lock if the Isles decide to rest people last minute. Maybe they will opt for less minutes perhaps so make sure you are paying attention. Columbus and their wealth of forwards are all playing. Sergei Bobrovsky may or may not play so again wait for confirmation. Admittedly it is fun to watch the Blue Jackets and everyone knows that the Islanders can score some goals. This sets up like the Penguins-Islanders game. Will the offense actually materialize this time? I guess we will have to wait to see if the special teams units come to the forefront.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Cam Atkinson, RW, Blue Jackets ($5300)
  • Ryan Johansen, C, Blue Jackets ($7100)
  • Anders Lee, C, Islanders ($3800)
  • Ryan Strome, C, Islanders ($4400)

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Detroit Red Wings @ Carolina Hurricanes

Game Analysis

This is a weird one in the sense that these two teams just play close to the vest. Carolina can at times really dominate games but they also have dire difficulty scoring goals. Detroit has been giving up goals in bunches of late and just gave up four to Montreal of all teams (they were without Max Pacioretty). If you are Mike Babcock, do you start Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek? It is quite the decision considering that the playoffs will feature a difficult match-up. Both Carolina and Detroit have won just two of their last five games and have only scored 11 goals in that span. Goals could be a bit hard to come by in this one. The Detroit power play has not been as lethal of late but neither has the Carolina penalty kill at times so that could be a good give and take here. Detroit’s top six is definitely more potent and that should carry them but stranger things have happened during a game 82.

Money Line: Red Wings -115, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Pavel Datsyuk, C, Red Wings ($6900)
  • Henrik Zetterberg, C, Red Wings ($5900)
  • Elias Lindholm, C, Hurricanes ($3500)
  • Victor Rask, C, Hurricanes ($3400)

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Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Analysis

Montreal at least knows that Max Pacioretty will be back for Round 1 much to the relief of everyone in Montreal and most of Quebec. For once, Carey Price got bailed out despite not having his “A” game as the Habs stole the extra point in overtime over a shaken Jimmy Howard by a 4-3 score. The Canadiens still have a division to win and must get those two points. Toronto has called up Colton Orr I guess for toughness in this one and maybe to settle old scores. Who knows really? Check to see who starts in Toronto but no matter what P.K. Subban figures to be relatively highly owned in leagues because of his career splits against the Maple Leafs. Montreal oddly has been the team scoring and giving up more goals of late than Toronto so maybe this one is a little more high scoring than usual. Carey Price will start as he tries to get on track for the playoffs. Maybe Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak are a pretty viable play in high risk GPP’s anyway.

Money Line: Canadiens -185, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Tyler Bozak, C, Leafs ($5400)
  • Phil Kessel, RW, Leafs ($8100)
  • P.K. Subban, D, Habs ($8400)
  • Carey Price, G, Habs ($8900)

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New Jersey Devils @ Florida Panthers

Game Analysis

So, the goalies are unusually priced and one of them is definitely starting in Cory Schneider. I do not understand nor intend to understand goalie pricing structures so wait to see if Roberto Luongo is confirmed. Just kidding. The Panthers actually will start Al Montoya so who knows what will happen here. It is obvious that the New Jersey squad has called up the kids and still do not really play them much with faith so they fail. As for Florida, they have a shot at a 90 point season. Clearly the Panthers have a bright future and the possibility of Jaromir Jagr staying around which will be a great benefit to Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. Both teams have a so-so penalty kill and have given up a lot of goals over their last five games even though neither have been really bad in net. It is a funny thing that the end of the season cannot come soon enough for New Jersey that they might keep themselves close in a game again that they should not. Expect the weird!

Money Line: Panthers -170, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Steve Bernier, RW, Devils ($3500)
  • Cory Schneider, G, Devils ($6700)
  • Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers ($4600)
  • Jaromir Jagr, RW, Panthers ($4900)

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Pittsburgh Penguins @ Buffalo Sabres

Game Analysis

This is one of those games that Pittsburgh Penguins fans never ever expected. Here is Game 82 and all the Penguins still need to do is clinch a playoff berth by beating the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo just clinched the worst record in the league and fans will be supportive in this one. Buffalo has actually scored 15 goals in their last five games unlike Pittsburgh who has managed just ten. Think about this for a second and yes the Sabres have the league worst in all four major statistics and yet there is some weird feeling about this game. Maybe it is the dark rum talking but if Buffalo scores first, this game could be cuckoo. At some point, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have to assert themselves, right? The Sabres have no pressure and the Penguins have all the pressure. No lead will be safe for Pittsburgh either. I mean none! Do you try and stack Penguins here?  Maybe Crosby-Hornqvist perhaps? I suppose that could be a decent idea.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins ($7900)
  • Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins ($9200)
  • Brian Gionta, RW, Sabres ($4600)
  • Anders Lindback?, G, Sabres ($6800)

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Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Game Analysis

Does Boston have something to play for? That depends on the afternoon result in Philadelphia? If the Flyers can beat the Senators in regulation then the Bruins have something. If not, then there is a chance that some players get rested, including Tuukka Rask. You will have to check back and forth until game time. Tampa Bay has a division to play for though they would need Toronto to defeat Montreal in regulation. Tampa is an incredible 31-8-1 at home while Boston is basically .500 on the road in a must win of must win games. Boston is definitely banged up and missing Dougie Hamilton has just killed this team and yet they do keep fighting. Florida was just too fast for them and Tampa can kill you with their speed as well. The triplets or Tampa’s second line could cause real headaches once again for Zdeno Chara and company. It looks like Ben Bishop will start for the Lightning. The last meeting ended up with Tampa scoring five goals. That couldn’t happen again…could it?

Money Line: NL, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • David Krejci, C, Bruins ($4200)
  • David Pastrnak, RW, Bruins ($4400)
  • Steven Stamkos, C, Bolts ($9200)
  • Ben Bishop, G, Bolts ($8600)

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Nashville Predators @ Dallas Stars

Game Analysis

Let us just say Nashville is having an awful time of it with several top players going through horrendous slumps all at the same time. Dallas, particulary Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are bulldozing their way up the scoring leader list in the NHL. So while the Predators know they will be in the playoffs, tons of work will need to be done to avoid a one and done. Kari Lehtonen and Pekka Rinne are your probables here in net and Dallas has scored 21 goals in their last five games while winning four of five. Nashville has lost five straight, giving up 20 goals in that span. By the way. Benn-Seguin-Eaves has been fun to say the least in the last week. However, Dallas has had a good little bit of depth scoring and timely goaltending aside from that Blues debacle. Nashville has to get Rinne right. I mean they gave up four goals to a Minnesota team sitting Parise, Vanek, and others. When the five on five scoring well dries up, a good power play alluding the Predators has caused a big problem. This could be entertaining!

Money Line: Stars -130, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Craig Smith, C, Preds ($5000)
  • Filip Forsberg, RW, Preds ($5700)
  • Jamie Benn, LW, Stars ($8600)
  • Tyler Seguin, C, Stars ($8600)

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Anaheim Ducks @ Arizona Coyotes

Game Analysis

So, Anaheim does not have much to play for really but their power play is clicking at less than 16% on the year and needs some work. Arizona is horrendous at home scoring goals and preventing power play goals against. What a perfect team to get a tune up as the playoffs approach. Arizona got clubbed 5-0 by Vancouver in a game where Mike Smith was pulled out of mercy. Arizona can really do not worse than the second worst record so in essence there is nothing left but pride. Who does Anaheim start in Game 82 and who do they start in the playoffs? At least for this one you just have to wait until warm-ups probably. Arizona has a very young but pretty speedy team. Anaheim will have to watch out at least early but they can be countered on quickly. That will be where Anaheim needs to remain calm and expose a team that gives up 3.22 goals a game at home. They score less than two a night by the way in the not quite friendly confines.

Money Line: Ducks -250, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks ($7800)
  • Corey Perry, RW, Ducks ($8000)
  • Mark Arcobello, C, Coyotes ($3700)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Coyotes ($5500)

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Chicago Blackhawks @ Colorado Avalanche

Game Analysis

So Semyon Varlamov had an unforgettable performance in Chicago against the Blackhawks where he stopped 54 shots in a shutout and then gave up four goals in a forgetting game at home against Chicago. Which Varlamov shows up? Both of these teams have just not been scoring lately and are right around two goals a game for the past two weeks. If it seems like there are a lot of twos involved, it is not a misprint. Maybe both teams let loose on the brake pedal here in this one. Both penalty kills have been very good but the power plays have been below 15% of late and that is cause for concern. This could be a bit of a struggle for the offenses early unless the home crowd carries Colorado through. It will be important for Chicago to find a way to solve Varlamov early and then from there maybe that forces the pace.

Money Line: Blackhawks -135, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Andrew Shaw C, Blackhawks ($3300)
  • Marian Hossa, RW, Blackhawks ($6000)
  • Ryan O’Reilly, RW, Avs ($5200)
  • Semyon Varlamov, G, Avs ($8400)

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Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks

Game Analysis

Does Vancouver have much to play for? The answer is, yes. This is the case where the home squad will want to show their Edmonton neighbors that they are ready for the playoffs while sending the Oilers away with their pride not even in tact. The Oilers have lost four of five with the one win from Richard Bachman. They have given up 22 goals in that span. Vancouver has won three of five and easily dispatched of Arizona the other night. The Sedin Twins should have an easy match-up here but how long do they play? That is another question entirely. Does Ryan Miller start? That is a probably not. It is not going to be pretty here for Edmonton. If they gave up 52 shots to San Jose, could they give up at least 35-40 shots to Vancouver? It is quite possible. Vancouver should have plenty of chances to get their offense, defense, and special teams in tune here.

Money Line: Canucks at least -300?, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Henrik Sedin, C, Canucks ($4200)
  • Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks ($5900)
  • Anton Lander, C, Oilers ($4000)
  • Jordan Eberle, RW, Oilers ($5200)

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