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. Saturday is a big eleven game slate with early and night slates which should offer plenty of options. Our focus is on the night slate which has nine games in total.

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Injury Updates

The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the nature of Saturday’s slate. Just expect even more injuries tonight. It seems like they have been on the rise of late.

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Ducks @ Oilers

Game Analysis

This is a bit of an oddly timed start but the Oilers welcome an Anaheim team on a back to back that is struggling mightily. Worse, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have now been broken up. That did not seem likely even just a week ago. Frederik Andersen is still out and John Gibson is struggling mainly because it seems injuries and poor play are just killing the Ducks lately. It becomes a question of where the offense will come from and if he defense even shows up. As for Edmonton, they are still giving up goals in bunches but they do have 15 goals in their last five games before Friday night. This game has the makings of being ugly one way or the other. Hey, at least Edmonton played last night. That has to be something in Anaheim’s favor. Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Benoit Pouillot might have a shot tonight unlike against Minnesota. People have to realize that this may not be the best game to pool players from, especially goalies. However, maybe Ryan Getzlaf in some cash or even GPP plays as a moderate to high risk. The weird 7:00 pm ET start could also throw some off also.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks ($6000)
  • Cam Fowler, D, Ducks ($3400)
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers ($5700)
  • Benoit Pouillot, LW, Oilers ($3300)

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Hurricanes @ Devils

Game Analysis

These teams play very ugly hockey, especially when it comes to New Jersey against Carolina. The last time in Newark, this was a 2-1 result in a shootout that made a lot of New Jersey fans wonder about the direction of their team. Carolina has the type of team that can fluster Jersey and keep the puck away from them. No one hurts the Devils quite like Eric Staal can. Staal had two points in a 2-1 win over Toronto and Justin Faulk is another player that often torments this team from Newark plenty. Again these games with both teams on the back of backs can often produce very dreary results or something weird and bizarre. Keith Kinkaid is the probable for New Jersey and Anton Khudobin might start for Carolina. Just wait until later on Saturday for the respective confirmations. Elias Lindholm has benefited nicely on the three centers first line with the Staals. Then there is the bottom six which seems to also bedevil New Jersey. New Jersey will need a complete effort and not a standing still special to win this one. Their top six must play like one for once!

Line: NL. O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Anton Khudobin, G, Canes ($6800)
  • Eric Staal, C, Canes ($5400)
  • Mike Cammalleri, LW, Devils ($4600)
  • Keith Kinkaid, G, Devils ($6400)

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Blue Jackets @ Canadiens

Game Analysis

The game could be all over the place but this really comes down to Carey Price stoning the Columbus top six (particularly the first line). Price has been a bit more human in his last couple starts but the goalie had been around a .950 save percentage for the last two plus months. The Blue Jackets can just never get healthy at all. Sergei Bobrovsky should be back soon enough but not for Saturday. Montreal has theoretical advantages at forward, defense, and goaltending but especially goalie. That being said, in a battle of top lines, no one should be surprised to see Weise and Pacioretty paired together in some leagues then Johansen for power play potential as far as Columbus. Montreal has generated 81 shots on goal in their last two games (did not win either). Expect Price to outplay whomever the Blue Jackets throw in net but will that be enough? That is the question everyone should ask. Price costs an awful lot and may be better in cash games. The same could be said for Max Pacioretty and maybe even Tomas Plekanec.

Line: Habs -200 . O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Ryan Johansen, C, Blue Jackets ($5800)
  • Jack Johnson, D, Blue Jackets ($3900)
  • Dale Weise, RW, Habs ($2600)
  • Carey Price, G, Habs ($9600)

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Panthers @ Senators

Game Analysis

Hey the Panthers are favorites on the road against Ottawa? Holy crap! Granted, Ottawa is right around .500 like they have been all year, but this is Florida. It is admittedly tough getting use to. However, Florida has crawled up into this position while Boston has imploded a little. Roberto Luongo had 37 saves in a shootout win on the road in Montreal. Ottawa may be able to put up 30+ shots as well. They do play some high event hockey and they tend to give up quite a few scoring chances in their own right too. Erik Karlsson has that feeling of being like Bugs Bunny at times on defense as he kind of does it all back there or it feels like that. The thing is Mike Hoffman has been so effective despite not having a firm grip on a top six role is impressive. Admittedly watching Ekblad and Karlsson in the same game will be a lot of fun. There is lots of young talent in this one and that alone makes value and potential which is always a good thing. The choices are plenty here so choose wisely.

Line: Panthers -125, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Nick Bjugstad, C, Panthers ($5200)
  • Aaron Ekblad, D, Panthers ($3800)
  • Mike Hoffman, LW, Sens ($4800)
  • Erik Karlsson, D, Sens ($8400)

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Jets @ Maple Leafs

Game Analysis

I was looking forward to this but Toronto just cannot win at all (5 pts in their last 20 games). Then there is Winnipeg, who cannot stay out of the penalty box. How do you make something of this game? There are lots of contradictions in the numbers too. Toronto has hit the under in four straight games played yet overall score a ton of goals at home (3.45 per contest). They also give up over three goals a game too at home while Winnipeg has been scoring just enough to help their games hit the over in three straight. This is in spite of the fact that they only score 2.42 goals per night on the road. How the Ladd-Little-Wheeler line does against Toronto’s top defensive pairing should be fun. It looks like James Reimer will start but just check to make sure. As for Winnipeg, check back with the beat writers first. Jets penalty kill is below 80% in the last 15 games. If there is a time where Toronto could win, it is now. With the way they played against Carolina, whomever plays in net for Winnipeg stands a pretty good shot at winning.

Line: Jets -140, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Bryan Little, C, Jets ($5700)
  • Jacob Trouba, D, Jets ($4200)
  • James Van Riemsdyk, LW, Leafs ($5500)
  • Phil Kessel, RW, Leafs ($6700)

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Red Wings @ Stars

Game Analysis

The Stars had a hell of a game in their first foray without Tyler Seguin but came back down to Earth against the San Jose Sharks. Yes it went very poorly as San Jose won 5-2 in Dallas. This time the Stars introduce the Detroit Red Wings into town. Jimmy Howard has been pretty good, particularly in the last start against Chicago and is moderately priced. Kari Lehtonen, well, that did not go well at all. Problems keep cropping up for Dallas just as things looks hopeful while Detroit just keeps on finding a way to stay in the division conversation. Jamie Benn was great in game 1 post Seguin but not all that visible in game number two. The Wings might be good for a support stack of Tatar and Nyquist just to see where on the man advantage they may end up. Dallas on the other hand is just one weird team to figure out. If anyone has a good gauge on them then add them below. All kidding aside, their team defense can be something awful but occasionally it does keep shots more to the outside than anyone expects. This should be a fun night with the Datsyuk-Zetterberg duo a possible cross line stack.

Line: Red Wings -120, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Darren Helm, C, Wings ($4800)
  • Jimmy Howard, G, Wings ($7600)
  • Alex Goligoski, D, Stars ($3800)
  • Jason Spezza, C, Stars ($6200)

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Penguins @ Blues

Game Analysis

Gone in ten minutes! Yes the Blues won an important game 5-1 where they literally were outplayed the first ten minutes and change of period one. Then St. Louis fired back in the first half of period two and the game was over. Three goals later led to the pulling of young Malcolm Subban and a relatively easy time after. Jake Allen did not have to be great on Friday night but he was solid after the first goal and that is all that matters. This allows the Blues to start Brian Elliott against the Pens’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh has been struggling for the last couple months. Let’s be honest. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are in the $7000 to $7500 range which is a number that feels weird seeing. The Blues counter with so many options from their top six and technically their top nine. You have to be at least impressed with how they do it as a team. When they are rolling, this is a team that really is tough to beat or stop. Pittsburgh does have a robust PK around 85% and St. Louis has a very good power play at 23.5%. Now this is the key match-up of the night. The winner of that likely has a good chance of winning the game.

Line: Avs -150. O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Sidney Crosby, C, Pens ($7500)
  • Kris Letang, D, Pens ($6200)
  • Jaden Schwartz, LW, Blues ($4900)
  • Brian Elliott, G, Blues ($7500)

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Lightning @ Coyotes

Game Analysis

So how many people expect much out of this game other than a moderate to high scoring type of night? Not many expect a 2-1 game at all. The Coyotes probably try to stack their best defensive pairing against the Steven Stamkos line. However, what about the triplets? Arizona does not exactly have much of a second and third pairing that can play well defensively so the “Triplets Line” should be able to get their fair share of chances and quality opportunities. That second Tampa line sets you back only around $15000. There are worse things in life and that still makes me feel a bit more comfortable about this picking of the over and then again does anyone really care about that just right now when Arizona could make a little noise in the second half but that may not start as fast as someone wanted. That someone would be Dave Tippett naturally.  Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman may be better plays than Yandle-Ekman-Larsson. This is what it has come to for DFS plays. they often just play it so close. Saturday night could be the type of night where 50+ point total.

Line: Bolts -180. O/U 5.5  (Expect late movement!)

Players to Watch

  • Nikita Kucherov, RW, Bolts ($4700)
  • Tyler Johnson, C, Bolts ($5700)
  • Keith Yandle, D, Coyotes ($5100)
  • Mike Smith, G, Coyotes ($7100)

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Kings @ Sharks

Game Analysis

At first glance, this looks like a really nutty game because San Jose cannot stop anyone and Los Angeles has won six straight (something may have to give). That 70’s line versus the Joe Pavelski plus plan. It is okay to realize that this may be an outdoor game with a bunch of goals. Either way, this should be entertaining by a good bit. Some of these prices are just too damn high and yet some people will try and find a way to stack on one or both of these teams. Maybe a duel play is a better course of action to save some money on other possibilities. The over has hit in every one of San Jose’s last five games. The Sharks have been around .500 in that span and lots of natives are getting a little restless in San Jose. It is time to see what happens on Saturday. The outdoor angle just adds to it. Antti Niemi versus Jonathan Quick could mean anything from three goals given up combined on up to six plus easily. Even the defensive battles will be full of intensity. Remember the game will likely not end till around or after 1:00 am ET. That might have a very slight impact.

Line: Kings -115, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks ($8600)
  • Joe Thornton, C, Sharks ($5000)
  • Jeff Carter, C, Kings ($8100)
  • Tyler Toffoli, RW, Kings ($6300)

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This is going to be a crazy set of slates. Good luck and on Twitter, we will have more breakdowns and statistics.