The NHL Game Breakdown keeps on here at 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 features just three games in all and none of them will be postponed by any polar vortex.
NHL $5,000 Slapshot
We have a nice cheap way to make some quick money in a GPP for tonight.
The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the nature of Wednesday’s slate. When in doubt, check social media or TSN’s injury list.
Red Wings @ Penguins
This is not the 2008 or 2009 Stanley Cup Final but both teams come in rather high in the standings. The good news for Red Wings fans is Jimmy Howard is back for Detroit but he will be backing up Petr Mrazek. Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Pittsburgh. You would expect Pittsburgh to have the stronger power play but instead have a better penalty kill. Detroit has one of the best power play in the league, connecting at a whopping 25.5%. It will be fun to see these potent teams play each other. Pittsburgh is now relatively healthy and so is Detroit for a change. Fleury and Mrazek have been good but average save percentage wise lately. The problem is the Pens have scored eight goals in their last five games while giving up only ten. This is a home game for Pittsburgh so with the last change, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby should get favorable match-ups. Detroit’s youth with Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, and Gustav Nyquist should be fun to see against a Pittsburgh team that does give up its fair share of opportunities. Expect the unexpected with this game and DFS’ers will likely get pretty solid value from David Perron and Patric Hornqvist.
Money Line: Penguins -140, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Riley Sheahan, C, Red Wings ($4000)
- Gustav Nyquist, RW, Red Wings ($4900)
- Patric Hornqvist, RW, Pens ($6100)
- Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pens($9000)
Canucks @ Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to be pretty pissed off. Who am I kidding. They are pissed off! This was a team that hit the money line at a very high -300 and failed in the shootout against Arizona. Chicago just has a habit of going into strange funks. Yes most teams do this but the Blackhawks have an odd style in this foray. This is a team that has a mere eight goals in their last five games while Vancouver has 14 goals while giving up 16 in that span. Patrick Sharp is our one value player at basically very close to $1500 per point. Now the bargain basement fourth line for Chicago could be the difference here. More than likely, Ryan Miller should be up against Corey Crawford. Daily points per game will be high but having to spend for Radim Vrbata, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, etc may just be too much for most to stomach. You cannot buy everyone as they say. Chicago has the advantage in the sense that their speed and their anger should serve them well. Ryan Miller is expected to see lots of rubber.
Line: Blackhawks -200. O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Chris Higgins, LW, Canucks ($3600)
- Radim Vrbata, RW, Canucks ($7500)
- Brandon Saad, LW, Blackhawks ($4700)
- Marian Hossa, RW, Blackhawks ($6500)
Capitals @ Sharks
The game should be our game of the night. At least, the possibilities are there. San Jose’s defense pairings are a mess right now with the injuries and the fact that Brent Burns still is on defense. The biggest issue is which Antti Niemi shows up? Does anyone even know any more? When a team is 1-3-1 in their last five and their only win is a 5-4 survival fest against Carolina, that is a bad sign. Washington’s literally “The Under Warriors” with a streak of four straight unders hit. This is a team that has Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and some pretty high end talent. Yet, that pesky push or over has not seen the light of day in too long. So a Barry Trotz team going into San Jose against a team that likes to score as much as they give up goals. Can Washington contain San Jose’s forwards? Can San Jose keep their compete level with the injuries to the blueline? There are lots of questions and few answers here. However, one gets the feeling this may not be much of a feeling out process. The key will be the first ten minutes. That should give you a pretty good gauge of how the rest of the game might go. Scoring chances at the very least are going to be quite high at times.
Line: Sharks -120 . O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- John Carlson, D, Caps ($5500)
- Nicklas Backstrom, C, Caps ($6700)
- Joe Thornton, C, Sharks ($4800)
- Logan Couture, C, Sharks ($8400)