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. Thursday has eleven games on the schedule. After this night, Saturday is the only big slate left in the regular season.

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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.

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Carolina Hurricanes @ Philadelphia Flyers

Game Analysis

Philadelphia is really good at home this season, but these two teams tend to play very close meetings. Steve Mason has been incredible at home, and he looks to be the probable starter for Philadelphia. Anton Khudobin will likely start for Carolina, but Cam Ward could also get the nod. Wait for confirmation there before locking either into your lineups. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek had a very nice night against the Islanders on Tuesday and could again at home against Carolina. Brayden Schenn scored a miracle of a goal with less than three seconds left to save the two points in regulation for Philadelphia. It also turned his average night, into a very good night. Carolina must rely on their top six, and then hope players like Victor Rask surprise us with a goal or two. Not having the last line change really hurts a team like the Hurricanes at times, but they can keep the game close against the Flyers.

Money Line: Flyers -160, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Jakub Voracek, RW, Flyers ($7300)
  • Claude Giroux, C, Flyers ($8200)
  • Jeff Skinner, LW, Canes ($4700)
  • Eric Staal, C, Canes ($7600)

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*Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers *

Game Analysis

This is one of those first games that you have to watch and see the lineups to make sure everyone is slated to play. Also, be aware that not everyone in the top six may play their usual minutes for the New York Rangers. Ottawa must get the two points in any way they can. Mark Stone has a whopping 44 points since January 1st and is one of the hottest players in the league not named Jamie Benn. The Rangers do play a speed game, and the Senators will have to play a similar style to keep up. Mats Zuccarello will be the question mark here, as he is still experiencing some general soreness. That usually means rest, but stay tuned. Henrik Lundqvist should play on Thursday and probably rest on Saturday. With an Ottawa team that has everything to lose by not winning, this makes for an entertaining game. Can Erik Karlsson can lead his team one step closer to a playoff berth? Can Andrew Hammond steal one from the Rangers?

Money Line: NL, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Mark Stone, RW, Senators ($6200)
  • Kyle Turris, C, Senators ($5600)
  • Derek Stepan, C, Rangers ($5700)
  • Martin St. Louis, RW, Rangers ($4700)

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Boston Bruins @ Florida Panthers

Game Analysis

The game is a must win for Boston yet again, as the Washington game did not go to plan. The Bruins have to find a way to win on the road during the midst of a three games in four nights stretch. At least Zdeno Chara did not miss any time last night, and he’ll likely lace-em-up again tonight. The Panthers will not be easy, and, yes, Roberto Luongo will be in net against Tuukka Rask. It will be Rask the rest of the way for Boston. Does Claude Julien tinker with the team too much? It is the problem that has plagued Boston too many times all year. Florida will do much of the same with their first line, and Calder candidate, Aaron Ekblad. Florida is rested and Boston is not, so be sure to stack accordingly.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Ryan Spooner, C, Bruins ($5000)
  • David Pastrnak, RW, Bruins ($4300)
  • Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers ($4200)
  • Jaromir Jagr, RW, Panthers ($4900)

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*Detroit Red Wings @ Montreal Canadiens *

Game Analysis

What do the Canadiens do without Max Pacioretty? They are going to find out tonight. Montreal has a tough enough time scoring and draws a Detroit team that often has a tough time scoring in Montreal. This could be very low scoring, yet, quite intriguing. Now, the key word is could. Stranger things have happened. Obviously, Detroit’s two centers will cause some matchup concerns for Montreal, but they do have the last line change. Montreal does have enough forwards to move some players around. P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov will have to carry the play more, along with the rest of their defensemen, as much as possible to pick up the slack. We all know Carey Price will start in net with the division still on the line, but who starts for Detroit? Jimmy Howard survived against Carolina, but Petr Mrazek has played just as well, if not better. The decision will hopefully come earlier rather than later.

Money Line: Canadiens -135, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Henrik Zetterberg, C, Red Wings ($5800)
  • Pavel Datsyuk, C, Red Wings ($6900)
  • Tomas Plekanec, C, Canadiens ($6700)
  • Brendan Gallagher, RW, Canadiens ($5400)

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New Jersey Devils @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Game Analysis

Two teams going in opposite directions face each other in Tampa tonight. The Lightning are one of the best home teams out there, and New Jersey has too many problems to compete. Way way back in the early part of the year, New Jersey stole a game 2-1 in Tampa, where Cory Schneider was the entire show. Schneider would have to do that again tonight, as Tampa has only improved throughout the year. Now, there are times when Tampa gives up high danger scoring chances in clusters, and New Jersey has to pounce on that to have a chance in this one. The Bolts have had their fair share of injuries, which has kept their record around .500 the last couple weeks. New Jersey’s only win in their last seven was a lucky shootout win over Montreal. Tampa just has too much depth, and even without a few of their core players, they can overpower a slow Jersey team.

Money Line: Lightning -250, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Adam Larsson, D, Devils ($3600)
  • Adam Henrique, C, Devils ($3900)
  • Tyler Johnson, C, Bolts ($5400)
  • Ben Bishop , G, Bolts ($8600)

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Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues

Game Analysis

Both teams suffered recent low scoring losses on their home ice. That is unlike either team this time of year. Yes, St. Louis and Chicago are missing a couple vital cogs, but they faced surprisingly superior goaltending. Now, the question is – what do these two teams have left if some of those cogs are still out? This could be a low scoring game itself. Corey Crawford will start for Chicago, and Jake Allen may just start again for St. Louis if Ken Hitchcock actually is willing to run with Allen the next couple games. The top six for St. Louis looks like it will be without Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen, while Chicago is missing Brad Richards and Patrick Kane. Both teams have adapted well, but it is clear that they miss those pieces dearly. The Blues have the better power play, but the Blackhawks are more efficient 5 on 5. Let the games begin once again. It is going to feel a lot like last year, isn’t it?

Money Line: NL, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Jaden Schwartz, LW, Blues ($7800)
  • David Backes, C, Blues ($5600)
  • Brandon Saad, LW, Blackhawks ($5000)
  • Marian Hossa, RW, Blackhawks ($6100)

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Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators

Game Analysis

This is a battle of wills and maybe a Vezina nomination, as Devan Dubnyk and Pekka Rinne battle in a hell of a goalie duel. Both teams are in the playoffs, so this is all about seeding. Minnesota will try and keep themselves where they are, but Nashville has a chance to win the Central. It is good to see the James Neal and Filip Forsberg wingers riding with Mike Ribeiro. There are lots of Predators struggling over the last 10-15 games. Something has to get clicking and quick before it is too late. Minnesota comes into Nashville at the perfect time. Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund are two centers that have looked better of late. It has been a complete flip of the switch since the All Star Break. Minnesota one of the hottest teams in the NHL, while Nashville would be around where Minnesota is. That is pretty scary, isn’t it? Can Pekka Rinne help Nashville stop the bleeding? Someone has to score, and Rinne has to stop some shots. Now, this will be a game!

Money Line: Predators -125, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Mikael Granlund, C, Wild ($4100)
  • Zach Parise, LW, Wild ($8500)
  • Mike Fisher, C, Predators ($5100)
  • Filip Forsberg, RW, Predators ($5500)

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Los Angeles Kings @ Calgary Flames

Game Analysis

Los Angeles, if you do not want to end up like the 2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes and the 1995-96 New Jersey Devils, then you must win, and win in regulation. There are so many very good mid-value plays here, and, again, that first line for Calgary is too ridiculously good to pass up on as a GPP stack. It could help you cross over to spend up to get Jeff Carter, if need be. There is even a duo defensive stack available with Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman with the extra money saved also. Basically, this game features Calgary – who has won four of their last five and has scored 18 goals in that span while giving up only 11. Karri Ramo is out for the week, and it will be the Jonas Hiller show up against Jonathan Quick in a game where all Calgary has to do is win. If the two teams play this like we expect, this is going to be one crazy contest.

Money Line: Kings -130, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($5300)
  • Jiri Hudler, RW, Flames ($5500)
  • Drew Doughty, D, Kings ($5600)
  • Anze Kopitar, C, Kings ($5400)

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Winnipeg Jets @ Colorado Avalanche

Game Analysis

So, the goal here is to stay just below the outrageous prices radar, and we did just that in our Players to Watch. Yes, you could spend way up to get Blake Wheeler, and that may pay off, but at $8300, that is just a bit too high. Ondrej Pavelec posted another shutout, this time against St. Louis. He is a whopping 8-2 in his last ten starts, with a .946 save percentage and three shutouts. It is hard to believe that this is the same Pavelec that was once nearly booted overseas. Reto Berra will be the starter for this one, and the Jets have to be happy with that. Berra is a walking rebound machine, but he has found a way to beat some pretty good teams recently, including the Ducks. When you get right down to this, Winnipeg has some considerable depth, and that is without Dustin Byfuglien. Colorado will not be intimidated, however. This shapes up to have some scoring, doesn’t it?

Money Line: Jets -140, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Bryan Little, C, Jets ($4600)
  • *Michael Frolik, RW, Jets ($4500
  • Ryan O’Reilly, LW, Avs ($5200)
  • Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avs ($5600)

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San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers

Game Analysis

This is one of those games where if Richard Bachman starts for Edmonton, then this is a close contest, and maybe an Oilers win. Neither team has much to play for, obviously, other than a modicum of pride. The first question is – who will start for San Jose? It gets tougher and tougher with these type of games, so waiting as long as humanly possible is the best course of valor to ensure you have the correct starting goalie. Neither team plays defense all the time, so it could be a fun, high-scoring tilt. San Jose has to play better, at least, for pride. Edmonton has showed a lot, and that is commendable. Is Bachman really a starter? Hey, who knows. What is known is that the team has improved and is making baby steps. It could be quite entertaining for everyone involved and some decent plays for DFS players.

Money Line: Sharks -145, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks ($8000)
  • Brent Burns, D, Sharks ($6500)
  • Jordan Eberle, RW, Oilers ($5200)
  • Richard Bachman, G, Oilers ($6800)

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Arizona Coyotes @ Vancouver Canucks

Game Analysis

Does Vancouver have much to play for? The answer is, yes. The Sedin Twins often fare very well daily wise against Arizona, and Arizona is still trying to head for the 30th best record and a chance at more ping pong balls for Connor McDavid. While the Coyotes will play for pride, Shane Doan will be held out, and that is yet another blow with the team. If you stack the Sedins, you may be able to afford a very hot Radim Vrbata. Vancouver has been an uneven 3-2 in their last five, but Arizona has lost four of their last five games and given up 16 goals in that span. Goals can be had, basically. Eddie Lack will start against Mike Smith, and let the high danger shots flow. It is going to be intriguing to see which goalie steps up. It should be Lack, but Mike Smith has been known to occasionally steal a game like this, with the Canucks having little to play for.

Money Line: Canucks -280, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Henrik Sedin, C, Canucks ($4200)
  • Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks ($5900)
  • Sam Gagner, C, Coyotes ($4300)
  • Mike Smith, G, Coyotes ($7100)

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