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. Wednesday is an easy slate with just three games.
We have a nice way to make some money in a GPP tonight for the players who like to pick their spots.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Columbus Blue Jackets
This is the type of game where we went in a different direction, focusing on the top two centers of each team for a reason. Toronto has won three of their last five games, mostly set up by some improved bounces, stemming from some better overall play. At times they revert back to old form, and this is a game where they might. Toronto’s top six have some pretty good options. As for Columbus, they were a bad bounce away from stealing a game in New York. It is clear that this team is lethal offensively. Marko Dano has 12 points in his last 12 games, and the Leafs’ defensemen are going to have problems with Ryan Johansen once more. They will also have to contend with Brandon Dubinsky. James Reimer, the Toronto goalie, might see 40+ shots again. It should be Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Columbus, and, for some reason, you get the feeling that goals are going to be scored in pretty good abundance. Neither penalty kill is great, but the Columbus power play has been top five hot of late. Look out!
Money Line: Blue Jackets -200, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Tyler Bozak, C, Leafs ($5500)
- Nazem Kadri, C, Leafs ($4700)
- Marko Dano, C, Blue Jackets ($4200)
- Ryan Johansen, C, Blue Jackets ($7100)
Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals
If Braden Holtby had his choice, he would play Boston over and over and over again. He has two starts against Boston, and two shutouts have resulted. Now, the game is expected to be a little different this time around, but, at the same time, they are playing at the phone booth. Tuukka Rask is going to have to steal this one. One hint is to stop Alex Ovechkin on the left side during those power play one timers. The other thing is this – Boston has to find a way to score a few goals on Holtby. Hell even one. An early goal is pretty key for both teams. Again, both teams have some significant similarities, but Washington has a little more depth, and they own the leagues top power play. That is a difference maker that Boston’s heart and youth will have to overcome. The question becomes, can they in a game they need?
Money Line: Capitals -130, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Milan Lucic, LW, Bruins ($4800)
- Ryan Spooner, C, Bruins ($5000)
- Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals ($9300)
- Braden Holtby, G, Capitals ($8700)
Dallas Stars @ Anaheim Ducks
Can Anaheim play the counter game effectively? Everyone knows what is coming with Dallas, and that is offense! Dallas is going to push and push like they did against San Jose. The result was a 5-1 rout that few saw coming. Now, the Sharks could never really generate much sustained pressure, but, remember, Dallas will have to play this way for long periods, against a team that can throw more depth at them than San Jose did. Kari Lehtonen should start for Dallas, but wait for the confirmation on the Ducks end just to make sure. Again, if Anaheim rolls their four lines against what the Stars have, the Ducks should be able to pull out a win. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are going to try to make Anaheim’s life miserable, while trying to ascend to the top of the scoring charts. It will be fun seeing the contrasts between the two teams, and you will need to set your daily lineups accordingly. This could be a wild one.
Money Line: Ducks -185, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Jamie Benn, LW, Stars ($8600)
- Tyler Seguin, C, Stars ($8800)
- Jakob Silfverberg, LW, Ducks ($4200)
- Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks ($8000)