The NHL Game Breakdown keeps on rolling 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. Friday’s slate features five games and if you notice, DraftKings upped their prizes and amount of entrants in contests.
NHL $10,000 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 the slate. Needless to say watch the Twitter beats as always.
Flyers @ Blue Jackets
Does anyone have a goalie to spare? Steve Mason is out for the Flyers and Sergei Bobrovsky is out for the Blue Jackets. The battle of the backups figures to be a pretty high tempo affair as the dueling first lines can score with the best of them. As for the defense, well we will get back to you. The value of stacking Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek is an insanely low $13,100. That’s it! Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno are actually $1,600 more. It is hard to believe but true. As for the defense, Kevin Connauton could provide a spark for Columbus and maybe Jack Johnson on the power play. Mark Streit is your go to from the Flyers defensive corps. Philadelphia has hit the under in four straight but on the season they give up 3.21 goals per game on the road and Columbus oddly gives up 3.3 goals per contest at home. All signs point toward a 3-2 or 4-3 type of game and the money line indicates this really could go either way. Special teams should decide this one. The Flyers 75.7% PK unit will be tested heavily!
Money Line: Blue Jackets -120, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Jakub Voracek, RW, Flyers ($6100)
- Wayne Simmonds, RW, Flyers ($6000)
- Ryan Johansen, C, Blue Jackets ($8300)
- Cam Atkinson, RW, Blue Jackets ($5100)
Panthers @ Stars
These teams give up quite a few goals of late but particularly Dallas who weirdly scores as much as they did at home. Dallas scores and gives up 3.14 goals a game at home and on the road. As usual keep an eye on Tyler Seguin but this time because of the flu. If he looks 100% early, then you chose wisely. If not, then it could be a pretty long night. The Seguin-Benn duo is pretty expensive and paired with Patrick Eaves would make that around a $20,000 trio. The less expensive way may try to go Florida and run with Jimmy Hayes and Jonathan Huberdeau. Then hey take a look at Aleksander Barkov and you save at least a good $7,000. They may not be as lethal as the Seguin line but it would allow you to go after other high priced options. There is only one problem. How will Florida respond after playing in Minnesota? That is the big question. Will Al Montoya be in net? Again, you will just have to wait until confirmations come out first. Do not be surprised if the spread widens a little bit. Can Kari Lehtonen save enough shots and will that first line pairing on defense shine through? John Klingberg has one of the most deceptive shots I have seen in a long while and Alex Goligoski is a very good distributor of the puck. Florida counters with Aaron Ekblad who may just get a Calder nod also. This should be a fun one in the battle of possession and goals.
Line: Stars -150. O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Roberto Luongo, G, Panthers ($7700)
- Aleksander Barkov, C, Panthers ($4400)
- Jamie Benn, LW, Stars ($7900)
- Kari Lehtonen, G, Stars ($8500)
Devils @ Blackhawks
The game that everyone will be interested in…because how many goals can the Blackhawks score on Cory Schneider. At least Schneider should be the probable. Corey Crawford is likely to take on the start for Chicago while the Hawks can roll three even four lines of forwards that can score. New Jersey does not have much to counter with but if they do it may just come from Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr. Don’t ask us why but I guy like Elias sees Marian Hossa and knows he should get a favorable matchup against Chicago’s second or third defensive pairing. Watch to see where Scott Gomez and Adam Henrique are playing also. At times Travis Zajac may get bumped around a little. However, the top six in Chicago is hard not to stack in some way or form. There are too many options to list here but just know that maybe looking at Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, or even Ben Smith may be a possibility if Bryan Bickell is too much of a risk. As for the Hawks defense, you may stray for a New Jersey defenseman. Needless to say, Chicago is your stack of the night that many will take.
Line: Blackhawks -250 . O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Scott Gomez, C, Devils ($2800)
- Jaromir Jagr, RW, Devils ($4600)
- Jonathan Toews C, Blackhawks ($5800)
- Marian Hossa, RW, Blackhawks ($7800)
Sharks @ Coyotes
Here comes the wacky! Sharks and Coyotes in a game where Mike Smith is kicking @ss and chewing bubble gum after the All-Star Break with nearly a .940 save percentage. Antti Niemi is unfortunately more up and down than a yo-yo. The likely problem is San Jose has some very good performances on the road. They are scoring lots of goals but they are giving them up too. Arizona has settled back into more Dave Tippett like hockey (9 GF, 9 GA). Coyotes have a dynamic pair of defensemen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle. However, Tobias Rieder is a fun choice on wing because of his high shooting volume potential. Everyone knows what the Sharks have in their top six but Chris Tierney has almost taken over for Melker Karlsson. If you run into the fire, expect to be burned on a five game slate like this. Staying away from the goalies may be a wise one unless you think Smith can you the win. The key in these types of choices as far as the game itself, Think of how the pace of the previous meetings went then think how San Jose plays on the road.
Line: Sharks (-140), O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Chris Tierney, C, Sharks ($2900)
- Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks ($8100)
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Coyotes ($6500)
- Mike Smith, G, Coyotes ($8100)
Bruins @ Canucks
I was looking forward to this game only because Tuukka Rask had been hot, cooled off some versus Ryan Miller who went on a bit of hot streak got the save percentage up to .923 then hit the icy skids as well. Boston needs Milan Lucic to set the tone and Patrice Bergeron to control things from the dot. Vancouver must have the Sedin twins creating havoc so Radim Vrbata fire from all corners of the Earth. Yes it may be a bit overdone but that is kind of how it goes. People must understand this is not a normal type of game, especially with Vancouver being kind of top heavy when it comes to offense. The Nick Bonino injury hurts some and we will leave it at that. It will be something to see what David Pastrnak can do and what special teams unit he may wind up on. The thing is this. Boston’s defense struggled mightily in the last couple games and against Montreal especially. If Vancouver can get the edge, it will be a long night of Boston chasing. If not, Boston will have the upper hand. This shapes up to be low scoring and likely a 3-2 push.
Line: Canucks -115, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- *Tuukka Rask, G, Bruins ($9200) *
- *Milan Lucic, LW, Bruins ($4200) *
- Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks ($7200)
- Ryan Miller, G, Canucks ($7900)