The NHL Game Breakdown rolls 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.
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The news is coming in but the thing is Evgeni Malkin is still out on Sunday so give him several more days. Martin Hanzal will be out for Arizona against Montreal. Patrick Berglund and Jori Lehtera are also out for St. Louis. There will be more injury updates on Twitter. Time is of the essence with the 1:00 pm ET starts.
Coyotes @ Canadiens
Both teams played yesterday and Montreal played a nasty, physical game against Washington that ended with a Max Pacioretty goal and a Carey Price 36 save shutout. Something that we forgot was that Buffalo plays Montreal on Tuesday so it is more plausible that Price could still get the start against Arizona. Two straight shutouts and a save percentage over .930 is more than anyone could ask for. Yes his price is extremely high but quality is quality. Please note that the probable for Arizona is not listed on DraftKings but it may be important just to see what Louis Domignue does anyway because hey you never know. Arizona was clubbed 7-2 by Ottawa as Mike Smith was pulled after giving up five goals. The season is only going to get tougher and tougher for the Coyotes, especially once the assets are traded away. Montreal really had a tough time with shot selection and just getting shots on net against Washington for the first two periods on Saturday. Things should be a bit easier on Sunday against the Yotes. Watch for goalie confirmations!
Money Line: NL , O/U 5 (Expect a heavy Montreal line).
Players to Watch
- Antoine Vermette, C, Coyotes ($4300)
- Louis Domingue, G, Coyotes (Not Listed)
- Max Pacioretty, LW, Habs ($8700)
- Carey Price, G, Habs ($9600)
Blues @ Capitals
These two teams meet on NBCSN and last year when the Capitals were on TV on Sunday afternoons, it was a fun goal scoring time had by all. Will that happen again? Not if St. Louis has anything to say about it. Brian Elliott is confirmed to start while Braden Holtby is probable. Holtby gave up just one goal against Montreal on Saturday. The Habs fired a barrage of shots at him in the third period as he helped Washington earned one point. St. Louis has lots of threats like Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo. Then there is David Backes, Alexander Steen, and Jaden Schwartz. Washington obviously counters with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom plus Mike Green and John Carlson. The Capitals have enough depth to at least go toe to toe with the Blues. Ovechkin is on fire. Can anyone other than Carey Price really contain him? We are going to find out very fast. Like I said before, television and early afternoon games do weird things sometimes. This is going to be a good one to watch starting at 1:00 pm ET!
Line: NL. O/U: N/A (Bookies not sure on this one).
Players to Watch
- Brian Elliott, G, Blues ($8400)
- Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Blues ($5500)
- Alex Ovechkin, LW, Caps ($9500)
- Nicklas Backstrom, C, Caps ($8300)
Predators @ Penguins
This is the game most people think will absolutely hit the over. Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Carter Hutton is the likely goalies in net for the respective teams. Nashville and DFS owners alike are counting down the days until Pekka Rinne comes back because Hutton plainly is just not the answer. While he can occasionally play pretty well, the reality is consistency just does not happen. Even Fleury has taken some hits along the way the past few weeks and that has knocked down his save percentage which causes a concern. The 13 save win he had against New Jersey was almost like playing an AHL team. Yes Fleury has a .900 save percentage in the last ten while Hutton is at a meager .885. That sets up for at least six goals combined with all projections coming in and maybe even more. James Neal also visits the former confines and that should go over well in Pittsburgh. Nashville has a lot of depth but their one weakness is scoring proficiently on the power play. That is something even Pittsburgh has been having some issues with of late. However, both teams are going to want to push the pace. If this anything like the two Nashville-St. Louis games I saw recently then this has the makings to be full of fireworks. Both goalies are going to be pushed and both defenses also. Start your engines as they say ladies and gentlemen!
Line: Pens -165 . O/U 5.5.
Players to Watch
- James Neal, LW, Predators ($5300)
- Shea Weber, D, Predators ($7900)
- David Perron, LW, Pens ($4700)
- Patric Hornqvist, RW, Pens ($7000)
Wild @ Canucks
Here come the Vancouver Canucks? Well at least Ryan Miller has been performing pretty solid and Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota has been keeping the Wild’s flickering playoff hopes afloat. Is Zach Parise really $9,000 on DraftKings? Amazingly the left winger is. He is firing the puck at nearly five shots per game which is nearly at the Alex Ovechkin level. Now Minnesota only scored one goal against Calgary but that was the only goal they needed. They only scored two goals against Edmonton. You get the idea here. The Wild are not really scoring at a consistent clip and that could play into their team total and if you should really stack any of their players. Vancouver has a slightly better probability of stacking players but even then, Minnesota will try to play this close. Alexandre Burrows is on the first unit power play and his annoying style could be beneficial for the price. This game screams the under but will there be enough shots on net to justify taking either goalie? That is a tough question. It may be a case of just taking a risk and letting it ride. Sometimes the hardest decision is trying to even gauge how a game could start let alone finish.
Line: Canucks -145, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Zach Parise, LW, Wild ($9000)
- Devan Dubnyk, G, Wild ($8100)
- Alex Burrows, D, Canucks ($3500)
- Ryan Miller, G, Canucks ($8900)