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. There are only three games on Wednesday so this will be fast.
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The news is coming in but Evgeni Malkin is now probable. There will be more injury updates on Twitter. Time is aplenty here on Wednesday and that is a good thing. Henrik Lundqvist is day to day with a neck injury and out for at least tonight’s game against Boston. He is likely to miss several days at least. So basically cue in Cam Talbot and he will be cheaper.
Bruins @ Rangers
Both teams are playing rather well but the Boston Bruins often seem to have their way against the New York Rangers. Two of the top ten goalies in save percentage face each other in Tuukka Rask and Henrik Lundqvist. This shapes up to be low scoring but the Rangers have been much better at home this season unlike years past. The goalies have save percentages above .920 and Lundqvist has been one of the five best goaltenders over the last two months or so. Boston has seen Milan Lucic start to finally get it together on a line with David Krejci and now Reilly Smith. The key things in the Boston resurgence have been Rask and the Krejci line scoring along with finding a third line that works. You know what you are getting from the Patrice Bergeron line. As for the Rangers, they have kind of lulled after that huge 13 of 14 streak. The Rangers are still 16-7-3 at home though and it comes down to Rick Nash and company getting it together and going on a bit of a run again. New York has to be speedy and yet hit a bit to win this one. Last save wins! By the way, Milan Lucic does have the flu and will be probably a game time decision.
Money Line: Rangers -140 , O/U 5.
Players to Watch
- Milan Lucic, LW, Bruins ($4700)
- Tuukka Rask, G, Bruinss ($9300)
- Derek Stepan, LW, Rangers ($5000)
- Henrik Lundqvist, G, Rangers ($9000)
Penguins @ Oilers
These two teams should go up and down what is one of the fastest tracks in the NHL. Edmonton can fly at times but their questionable defense gives a hurting team like Pittsburgh hope. The Penguins get Evgeni Malkin back from injury which should be a huge boost. They are actually the healthiest they have been all year. A 1-4-2 mark in their last seven has DFS owners scratching their heads about Pittsburgh. Can Malkin help that much? Of course he can. Will it take a game or two? That is the unknown. The Oilers can cough up leads faster than the Buffalo Sabres. Anything is really possible. The problem is defensively Edmonton is so deficient but they have a first line with Eberle, Hall, and Nugent-Hopkins can be really good. Then there is Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov. Schultz just makes some incredible blunders and yet still plays as much as he does. Yakupov seems to be really snake bitten far too often. It does not even matter who is net in this one, Edmonton will likely give up three or more whether Fasth or Scrivens is between the pipes. The final question is how many does Marc-Andre Fleury give up for Pittsburgh? Stay tuned!
Line: Pens -145? O/U 5.5 (Bookies not sure on this one).
Players to Watch
- Evgeni Malkin, C, Pens ($8500)
- Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pens ($8500)
- Taylor Hall, LW, Oilers ($6500)
- Jordan Eberle, RW, Oilers ($7200)
Sharks @ Flames
This is the late game and that literally everything screams a San Jose win. However, aren’t the Sharks on the road? Yes, but the last four games between these two teams have resulted in the road team skating off with the two points. Both teams need the win as they battle for playoff positioning. They also are averaging over three goals a game while allowing nearly three a night themselves over the last couple weeks. This has all the makings of a 3-2 or 4-3 game which makes the over look awfully tempting. Can Jiri Hudler play at 100% for this one as he recovers from an illness? Will Mark Giordano and T,J. Brodie start playing like they did in the first 25-30 games of the season? Will Jonas Hiller and Antti Niemi unexpectedly make this a goaltender’s duel? That answer is likely no though they will make some really good saves. San Jose must get balanced scoring and Calgary has to learn the first two periods mean something. Joe Colborne has eight points in his last ten games. That line could be a real wild card. San Jose had some issues with them. Calgary also had issues with Patrick Marleau’s line the last time in the “Sea Of Red”.
Line: Sharks -120 . O/U 5.
Players to Watch
- Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames ($5300)
- Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($6200)
- Patrick Marleau, LW, Sharks ($7500)
- Brent Burns, D, Sharks ($6000)