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 features five games but we take a look at the four evening games. Chicago and Pittsburgh will be given the spotlight via Twitter.
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We have a nice way to make some big 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 Sunday’s slate. Just watch for some high event hockey in two or maybe more of these games.
Blues @ Panthers
The Panthers are a dangerous team and everyone knows it. Even in their loss to Dallas the other night, they fired 37 shots on Kari Lehtonen but Lehtonen did not budge. It looked like the old days of the Southeast Division where the now Stars goaltender would stone the Panthers cold. That should not diminish what Florida is capable of. They generated 20 scoring chances in this game and at least a half dozen point blank opportunities. Now St. Louis comes in with a lot of guns blazing but this is a team capable of getting blown out every so often but since those were on the back end of back to backs, that becomes irrelevant more than likely. The young guns in Florida are going to come out with a lot of energy and yes the Blues have their own guns but they also have just a bit more depth. Roberto Luongo can stand on his head but can he handle a top nine like what St. Louis possesses. Florida also has some cheaper daily options than St. Louis but again Vladimir Tarasenko is still fairly reasonable at $7,100 and T.J. Oshie is only $5,500. That’s pretty good. However, Alex Pietrangelo has really struggled lately. Jaden Schwartz is available for only $4,900 which suggests a market correction of weird sorts. Maybe he is a decent buy low option. Wait to see who St. Louis starts in net but actually Brian Elliott has been confirmed and likely Luongo will later. Florida’s top nine has a good amount of speed on home ice. This will be a fun one to watch.
Money Line: Blues – 155, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Blues ($7100)
- Alex Pietrangelo, D, Blues ($5100)
- Nick Bjugstad, C, Panthers ($5200)
- Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers ($4400)
Flyers @ Sabres
These teams play very different styles of hockey. Philadelphia presses the pace while Buffalo kind of slugs along at it then suddenly just scores err plays well against certain teams — like Philadelphia. The fact that the Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek duo is only $12,800 seems crazy but yet here we are. They seem to thrive against teams like Buffalo and that makes a mini stack rather plausible. Throw the records out typically when these two teams face each other. Wayne Simmonds in theory should be an intriguing play tonight as he really should have solid positioning in front of the net where goals could be easier to come by. Buffalo scored three times the last time these two teams met and that could happen again possibly. The Flyers are more likely to score at least three honestly. Ray Emery will be in net versus Michal Neuvirth barring any changes. This is just a weird breakdown because this may be the highest favorite Philadelphia will be all season in a game they may not even beat the puckline. Either way, if there is apprehension about taking players from this game, no one should be surprised. This will be mid event hockey and rather sloppily played.
Line: Flyers -180. O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Chris VandeVelde, C, Flyers ($2500)
- Jakub Voracek, RW, Flyers ($5900)
- Matt Moulson, RW, Sabres ($4600)
- Zach Bogosian, D, Sabres ($3400)
Lightning @ Sharks
The game that everyone will talk about for all the high event reasons. There is potential for lots of pace considering both teams combined for right near six goals a game in this scenario. That squarely just hits the over. Tampa’s top six is going to cause some big matchup problems for a San Jose defense that is missing a couple parts. Think of this is as a game where if the Lightning do not get hemmed in early, they can do some damage that could have San Jose playing catch up. That naturally will lead to many more scoring opportunities. San Jose has one of the best top six forward corps in the league but their bottom six is at times an adventure. Maybe their defense is even more of one. Brent Burns literally drives even daily fantasy owners crazy and after that, options are scarce. Tampa Bay still has Victor Hedman and even Anton Stralman. Jason Garrison could be a dark horse on a night like this. Ben Bishop and Antti Niemi are your likely probables though Bishop is around .500 on the road with a save percentage that is only .910 on the year. Niemi is not much better and is more inconsistent. You have the makings of pucks going in the net pretty often here. The wing position is where the mid range options are plentiful in this tilt and that is where DFS’ers may want to go here.
Line: San Jose -115 . O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Tyler Johnson, C, Bolts ($6700)
- Victor Hedman, D, Bolts ($7800)
- Patrick Marleau, LW, Sharks ($5700)
- Joe Thornton, C, Sharks ($5100)
Capitals @ Ducks
Here come the Capitals? Okay, Barry Trotz could not have been happy about losing to the Los Angeles Kings and being held to only one goal. That was far from expected. Give the Kings credit as they got off the mat yet again as they won their fourth straight. What does Washington have left in the tank for tonight? Do not be surprised if they just rely even more heavily on the Alex Ovechkin line naturally. You will see longer shifts and a little more three lines action than usual oddly enough. Play the best players as they say. Anaheim is interesting because Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are slotted a little under $8,000 which is not half bad. They may be a decent duo stack against a Capitals team that was definitely out muscled on Saturday. Anaheim can be almost as physical but they also have better wheels than Los Angeles. Washington has a lot of grit and pride and a power play that is top notch. That could keep them in this game. Honestly it has to. Watch for Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward in this contest. This game should feature Braden Holtby and John Gibson in net. Just watch as we get closer to game time for confirmations because that could swing the events gauge on this tilt. Late word is that Justin Peters in net. Consider an Anaheim stack.
Line: NL, likely O/U 5 (could change however)
Players to Watch
- Alex Ovechkin, LW, Caps ($9100)
- John Carlson, D, Caps ($5800)
- Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks ($7500)
- John Gibson, G, Ducks ($8500)