The NHL Game Breakdown keeps on rolling 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. Monday features five games in all and none of them will be postponed by snow.
NHL $4,000 Slapshot
We have a nice cheap way to make some quick 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 Monday’s slate. When in doubt, check social media or TSN’s injury list.
Oilers @ Devils
Does anyone have an idea what is going to happen here? The Edmonton Oilers are bad and in some ways the New Jersey Devils are as bad or worse. Both teams barely score over two goals a game (EDM 2.15 on the road, NJ 2.12 at home). Edmonton does give up 3.5 goals a game on the road and will not have Taylor Hall due to an ankle injury. New Jersey was badly outplayed again against Montreal and this time paid for it in a 6-2 rout. Will the Devils come out and play the same less is more style? If they do, this game has the makings of being unfit for television. Either way, one has to figured Edmonton’s first line should be pretty good against whatever New Jersey throws out there. The Jagr line should be able to keep the puck away from the Oilers at times. Cory Schneider is the real difference maker here and why he is over $9000 tonight. One gets the feeling this is a Steve Bernier kind of game but we will see. The only certain thing is you can get a lot of cheap value from this game. Not one center is more than $5000, not one winger is over $6000, and not one defenseman is over $4000. That is all you need to know.
Money Line: Devils -185, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers ($4700)
- Jordan Eberle, RW, Oilers ($5900)
- Jaromir Jagr, RW, Devils ($4600)
- Cory Schneider, G, Devils($9100)
Kings @ Blue Jackets
These teams at least have a win to come off of entering this game. The Kings looked a bit more like themselves as they scored five times in Tampa while the Blue Jackets bombed the Blues 7-1. Los Angeles now has another injury to worry about as Alec Martinez is out with a concussion. Darryl Sutter still keeps going with Jonathan Quick and Quick keeps on giving up goals like Rick DiPietro. Do you actually consider Curtis McElhinney? With Quick’s struggles, you almost have to. Both teams give up around three goals a night (LA – 2.96 per game Road, CBJ – 3.27 per game Home). Talk about ugly! Los Angeles has six wins in 24 games on the road. Columbus keeps losing players too and really is just looking to keep respectability err the .500 mark. When you get down to it, the Blue Jackets power play is very lethal with that first line and Kevin Connauton. He is a value play defenseman with a nice shot. As for the Kings, their top six is still dangerous but after that the second and third defensive pairing is sketchy and the bottom six is almost off limits.
Line: Kings -130. O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Jonathan Quick, G, Kings ($8400)
- Anze Kopitar, C, Kings ($5000)
- Nick Foligno, LW, Blue Jackets ($6700)
- Cam Atkinson, RW, Blue Jackets ($5400)
Canucks @ Wild
The game will be a little more of a test for Minnesota or we think it will be. Is this game a case where Minnesota’s top six does it again? They did it against Chicago so why not. Ryan Miller has struggled mightily of late and that is what you apparently get with Miller. Vancouver has a weird way of playing hockey sometimes as evidenced by their 5-0 blanking of Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Bo Horvat actually shut down Sidney Crosby like it was child’s play and all four lines contributed. If you go by the adage that Vancouver is due for a bad game then there you go. Both teams score at a pretty high rate. The goals combined for per game is 5.4 by the way. Devan Dubnyk has four shutouts in his last nine decisions. Talk about just plain insane. This is a match-up that sets up rather well. If Minnesota can stop the Sedin twins and Radim Vrbata, they should be okay. The Wild do need to improve their power play although it has been clicking at almost 20% over the last 12 games. The key is Zach Parise. If he is skating well, that top six seems to respond. Then the bottom six follows suit. Basically the Dubnyk acquisition may really have saved Minnesota’s season.
Line: Wild -140 . O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Henrik Sedin, C, Canucks ($4100)
- Alex Edler, D, Canucks ($4400)
- Devan Dubnyk, G, Wild ($9300)
- Zach Parise, LW, Wild ($7900)
Coyotes @ Blackhawks
Here come the Hawks…the mighty Blackhawks! Now that the 70’s are long over, Chicago is almost pre-destined to score and score often. This has happened before. Even though Chicago is on the back end of a back to back, none of that really should matter. Whether you go with Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, Andrew Shaw, or even Brad Richards…there are so many choices to ponder. Chicago scores 3.08 goals at home and Arizona gives up 3.17 goals per game on the road. This almost sets up perfectly. Maybe it is too perfect. The Blackhawks numbers were a bit skewed by score effects as they literally were in cruise control for the entire second half of the last meeting in Chicago. Now, who will start for Chicago? Mike Smith will for Arizona but Chicago may go with Antti Raanta so do not be surprised. Now Arizona does have a lethal power play with Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the back-end with Antoine Vermette, Lauri Korpikoski and Shane Doan playing most of the two minutes. Tobias Rieder is another potentially dangerous player Chicago has to watch out for. Honestly, the Blackhawks are more likely to play down to their level but just as likely to rout Arizona again.
Line: Blackhawks -300, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Keith Yandle, D, Coyotes ($6500)
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Coyotes ($7100)
- Patrick Kane, RW, Hawks ($8800)
- Marcus Kruger, C, Hawks ($2500)
Flames @ Sharks
I was having a thought as far as where this could go and then I just drew a bit of a blank. San Jose just baffles you with amazing performance altered by total egg. They gave up five goals to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes but humiliated Vancouver 5-1 in Vancouver. Which team is this or is it just one of those things where San Jose alters how they play from game to game? Calgary is kind of the same way at times except they usually turn it on during the third period. The Sharks are a .500 team basically in their last seven while the Flames are much the same. This game is a must win for both really as teams below them are nipping at their heels. The Sharks Melkar Karlsson and Chris Tierney have been very nice finds and gave Calgary fits in their last meeting. Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau have seen the spark fade a bit in the last week or two but it is hard to keep a duo like that down forever. Joe Colborne is piling up the assists but has three goals in his last nine games to boot. This could really be a bit of a track meet and no one would be surprised at a 4-3 score
Line: Sharks -155, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Joe Colborne, C, Flames ($2900)
- Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Flames ($4100)
- Patrick Marleau, LW, Sharks ($5800)
- Brent Burns, D, Sharks ($5700)