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. Friday features six games including a few games where you may want to get on in and try and earn some money.
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The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the nature of this Friday slate. Injuries just keep happening and happening it seems.
Bruins @ Devils
This is a game where your guess is as good as mine. The Bruins need wins and the Devils need them too apparently. Though trading Jaromir Jagr to the Florida Panthers on Thursday was an implied sign that they are sellers in most people’s eyes but not their own. It does mean players like Marty Havlat and Michael Ryder will get to play more but honestly they have both been disappointments. Patrice Bergeron has an inflated value mainly because he is one of the few high value plays in this game other than Tuukka Rask and Cory Schneider. This game originally was listed as New Jersey being a slight favorite. That changed quickly before the Jagr trade and now may inch a bit more in Boston’s favor. Tuukka Rask should be in net and Cory Schneider likely will be confirmed as the starter for the Devils. The Bergeron line should be able to generate chances along with the Lucic line. New Jersey just cannot match up with Boston here. They are going to need a good bit of luck and a whole lot of Schneider to have a chance in this one. If we see Adam Henrique, Patrik Elias, or Travis Zajac, consider that the truest of miracles.
Money Line: Boston -130, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Patrice Bergeron, C, Bruins ($8300)
- Torey Krug, D, Bruins ($5000)
- Travis Zajac, C, Devils ($3000)
- Michael Cammalleri, LW, Devils ($7200)
Flames @ Islanders
These teams can go up and down the ice. That is where the fun could come. However, Mark Giordano may be a 50-50 decision. There will be more news on him as the day goes on. John Tavares is priced right near $9K which means Anders Lee at almost half that price looks awfully good. You can even stack Josh Bailey as the line has been reunited. The goalies may be ones to stay away from as this is game not necessarily high event hockey but this has some definite possibilities. Wait for goalie confirmations first on this one before committing one way or the other. Also the Flames may see a bit of their own mirror with the Islanders. The Isles can definitely play a really good high tempo game and can play it closer to 60 minutes than Calgary because of the way they possess the puck. If Giordano were not to play, then New York really becomes an een better play and makes the Flames even bigger of a gamble. Calgary must hold up defensively or it will be pointless to even put up much of a fight. That is the thing. Their SAT numbers are pretty bad. This will be a team total special on Long Island and a first line mini stack.
Line: Isles -175. O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames ($4300)
- Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($5300)
- Anders Lee, C, Isles ($5000)
- John Tavares, C, Isles ($8900)
Capitals @ Hurricanes
The game has the look of being a trap game for Washington who is still reeling after the tough loss to Pittsburgh. Alex Ovechkin got his fantasy points against Pittsburgh but the Caps needed more of that. Carolina already unloaded Andrej Sekera and of course this is the time of year where you see an unexpected healthy scratch and go….oh no! This is the good part of this game. Carolina is going to try and possess the puck as much as they can while Washington will try and create chances and havoc. The last four unders have hit in Canes games while Washington has scored 15 goals in their last five games. The thing is can Carolina stop Alex Ovechkin? They have to in order for this to be a low scoring game. One has the feeling that the left winger is going to get his shots. Braden Holtby should start this one for the Capitals and their 23.4% power play goes up against the 88% penalty kill for the Canes. Just watch the Staal brothers as usual but Jeff Skinner is the hot player with five goals in seven games. An old Southeast Division game can always be dangerous but not for DFS.
Line: Caps -135 . O/U 5
Players to Watch
- John Carlson, D, Caps ($8000)
- Joel Ward, RW, Caps ($4000)
- Jeff Skinner, RW, Hurricanes ($3500)
- Justin Faulk, D, Hurricanes ($5400)
Blackhawks @ Lightning
Hey the Blackhawks come off a great game in Florida against a motivated Panthers team. We think Crawford will start this one but look to make sure Scott Darling will not be the starter. There is a little uncertainty on this one. Will Patrick Sharp still be a Chicago Blackhawk? That is likely a yes but for how long. Teuvo Teravainen will be a fun player to watch in this game as he may get a chance to go up against the triplets from Tampa. This game really does feature a little something for everyone. Ben Bishop should be the confirmed starter. Although his save percentage needs to improve in the second half. Bishop has the ability to make the last 1/4 of the season better for his DFS owners. The wins are great but the underlying and overall stats need work. Now to watch the battle of the bottom sixes may also hold a key to this one too. Special teams are in the favor of the Blackhawks by a slight percentage margin but they have only scored eight goals in their last five games. There are some affordable players and though Victor Hedman should play, taking Anton Stralman may be worth the slight risk. This could be another high event hockey game on Friday.
Line: Bolts -140, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Tyler Johnson, C, Bolts ($6300)
- Anton Stralman, D, Bolts ($3600)
- Patrick Sharp, LW, Blackhawks ($5300)
- Corey Crawford, G, Blackhawks ($7800)
Avalanche @ Stars
I was looking at this and this becomes start your goal scoring! Kari Lehtonen will be in net versus Semyon Varlamov and it is just about guaranteed that the goals will come. There is too much volatility with the goaltending in this game especially with the two offenses and Kari Lehtonen, who has been wildly inconsistent of late. Jamie Benn is basically the Dallas catalyst on offense. Seven goals and 13 points in his last nine games have been great but oddly enough only two of those points on the power play. That is just an aspect that Benn and Dallas do struggle with. They also struggle with the penalty kill but nothing like Colorado’s just barely over 13% power play which is bottom three or four in the entire NHL. Can Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene get this thing going a little more? They have a pretty good chance for victory. This duo just has to follow through and lead the way along with left winger, Gabriel Landeskog. However, the Avs only score 2.07 goals per game on the road normally but they score almost a full goal a game against Dallas. One of these teams is just going to go hog wild offensively or at least with chances. They might both honestly. This game has 4-3 written all over it but time will tell.
Line: Stars -125, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avs ($8500)
- Matt Duchene, C, Avs ($6100)
- Jamie Benn, LW, Stars ($8900)
- Erik Cole, RW, Stars ($4400)
Kings @ Ducks
The “Freeway Face-Off” has lived up to its stature this year once again. John Gibson should face Jonathan Quick. Well that is the plan anyway. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have looked completely out of sync and it is not just them being split up. Defensively and offensively they look lost far too often. They are missing assignment and blowing coverages and chances. Meanwhile Los Angeles has now won a long string of games and Jonathan Quick has looked like the old Quick in quite a few of them. This is a well done operation as they added Andrej Sekera, who will make his debut in this game. It will be intriguing to see where he is paired and what roles he gets early on. Check the lineups for Anaheim as Matt Beleskey will be out till early next week but keep an eye on Jiri Sekac who looked halfway decent despite the chaos in Anaheim. The Ducks could use that playmaking on the first line. The only question left is which line for Los Angeles. Will it be the Gaborik/Kopitar duo stack or the Carter/Toffoli fun fest? Either way, they are pretty good options. Kings look better offensively but often these games take a life of their own. Someone on the bottom six from Anaheim could save your night. Did we mention the Kings have given up eight goals in their last eight contests? That is our final shot.
Line: Ducks -115, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Tyler Toffoli, RW, Kings ($4900)
- Jonathan Quick, G, Kings ($9400)
- Hampus Lindholm, D, Ducks ($4500)
- Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks ($8000)