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. Sunday has five games on the slate but today we are focusing on the four evening games. As for the NBC game, we will have a little more on it via Twitter for those who play in the All-Day contests.

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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. Watch out for late status reports on this “Easter Sunday”.

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Montreal Canadiens @ Florida Panthers

Game Analysis

This is where you want to see where the collective heads as far as Montreal are at. They are a much better team than the one that got beat by New Jersey and Wshington. It is clear that something is eating Carey Price but can he right himself mentally to get past this week. Florida’s line of Jaromir Jagr, Aleksander Barkov, and Jonathan Huberdeau have just about been point a game players for the last 12-14 games. Montreal does have quite a fan base down in Florida err snow birds so the game itself should at times feel like a home game. The Habs penalty kill is in the top third mostly due to Carey Price. As for Florida and Montreal, power play goals can be pretty rare because they both have the same problem and that is finishing. Max Pacioretty is Montreal’s true sniper while Brandon Pirri has been on fire for Florida. Again, the Panthers can play high event hockey but have a tough time with that end step. This could shape up to be fun either way though.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Brendan Gallagher, RW, Habs ($5700)
  • Tomas Plekanec, C, Habs ($6800)
  • Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers ($5000)
  • Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers ($4900)

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Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings

Game Analysis

This is yet another case of two teams on the back end of back to backs so again just be careful of goalie confirmations. Detroit is clearly struggling but so is Washington to a point. It is funny to say but both teams really can score but they also have tendencies not to and then go on long stretches where they give up scoring chances and goals in bunches. The game is worth it to watch just to see Alex Ovechkin go up against Pavel Datsyuk. Honestly this game could be 5-4 or 2-1. It really could. Detroit’s power play has dropped down below 24% while Washington has edged up slightly over 25%. Again these are teams with nice defensive systems but limited by the abilities unfortunately. If you are looking for the unexpected, expect it here! This is how to look at the game this evening. When you get right down to it, this might be a game where special teams and goaltending decide this one.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Alex Ovechkin, LW, Caps ($9500)
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Caps ($3900)
  • Pavel Datsyuk, C, Red Wings ($5600)
  • Gustav Nyquist, RW, Red Wings ($5000)

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Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Analysis

Can Ottawa hold a lead this time? That will be the question if the Senators do get a lead. Also, Toronto is still over .500 at home by the way and yet the spread is whereit is. The Bruins and Senators are two teams that Toronto’s first line actually kind of excels against. Remember that Tyler Bozak had three goals and an assist against Ottawa in one period in their last meeting. Ottawa does have Andrew Hammond in net but who starts on Sunday. Again, both of these teams are on the back end of a back to back. How is this line this high? Granted, Ottawa is the better team but they are on the road. Sometimes we just run with what we are comfortable with. Craig Anderson may play or may not against Jonathan Bernier, who is the expected on Sunday. Wait until confirmations to be sure but again this is the time of year where only two points matters for playoff and bubble teams. Expect a bit of a strange one in this final installment of the “Battle Of Ontario”.

Money Line: Senators -200, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Erik Karlsson, D, Sens ($8600)
  • Bobby Ryan, RW, Sens ($4700)
  • Tyler Bozak, C, Leafs ($5000)
  • Dion Phaneuf, D, Leafs ($4100)

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St. Louis Blues @ Chicago Blackhawks

Game Analysis

Hey, do we call this a defining game or just an important game? Either way, it is going to be intriguing to see who plays and who does not. Does Vladimir Tarasenko return and could Alexander Steen be 100% yet? Those are two huge blows to St. Louis and yet they fight on. The bigger concern is how Brian Elliott plays? Oh wait, Jake Allen is starting on Sunday against Corey Crawford. That may be a good thing but then again Chicago has always had St. Louis’s number when it comes to these late season match-ups. The reality is Chicago has the weapons to neutralize the depth of the Blues while launching their own counter offensive. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in particular have given the Blues fits while Corey Crawford always seems to come up big when it counts. The Blues power play is more lethal but typically this time of year it just has the feel of a 5 on 5 game err 5 on 5 usually decides these games and not special teams.

Money Line: Blackhawks -150, O/U 5.5  (still has room to inch upward).

Players to Watch

  • Paul Stastny, C, Blues ($4500)
  • Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Blues ($6000)
  • Jonathan Toews, C, Hawks ($8200)
  • Marian Hossa, RW, Hawks ($7300)

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