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. Sunday, we take a look at the six evening games (seven overall)…and we’re off!

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Injury Updates

The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the early lineup changes and uncertainty that is bound to occur.

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Hurricanes @ Blue Jackets

Game Analysis

This is one of those games where you ask….WHY? Carolina got shut out by Dan Ellis on Saturday night. That is correct! Columbus has had their wild times though as they barely bested Edmonton the other night 5-4 in the dreaded Period 5. The problem is Carolina can score seven goals one night and none the next. This is all at home mind you. That has to frustrate DFS players because you really have no clue how this is going to go to be honest. Columbus has a very good top six and the power play they have is pretty lethal but their penalty kill. Carolina’s power play is pretty good and their penalty kill is solid. Yet despite all this both teams are very inconsistent. Eric Staal is kind of overvalued today but he will be owned because Carolina options are kind of limited. Ryan Johansen is going to give Carolina lots of fits and again the top two lines will have chances against each other.

Money Line: Canes -145, O/U 5.5  (Expect changes!)

Players to Watch

  • Ryan Johansen, C, Blue Jackets ($5200)
  • Nick Foligno, LW, Blue Jackets ($6500)
  • Elias Lindholm, C, Canes ($4600)
  • Eric Staal, C, Canes ($7000)

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Panthers @ Rangers

Game Analysis

This could be a rather slow game or this could be a fast paced game. The problems involved are that both teams are on the back end of back to backs. They come off slow paced contests that were very low scoring. Yes two goals combined for each game which means little sometimes in this day’s NHL. Jaromir Jagr in New York should be a lot of fun. Remember the last meeting where Henrik Lundqvist was playing injured and the Rangers held on for a 6-3 win. Will this be that kind of game? No one knows. The Rangers definitely had a sub-par showing against Buffalo. You would expect to be able to stack Derick Brassard with Rick Nash and maybe Keith Yandle. For the Panthers, the first line has to be considered. Will Roberto Luongo play or Dan Ellis? It still looks like Ellis right now but stay tuned. There is a lot of time between now and the evening.

Line: NL. O/U 5 (This may change too)

Players to Watch

  • Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Panthers ($5200)
  • Dan Ellis?, G, Panthers ($6700)
  • Derick Brassard, C, Rangers ($4600)
  • Keith Yandle, D, Rangers ($4700)

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Blues @ Stars

Game Analysis

The game almost has the weird stench that cannot be explained. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn against a St. Louis team that just played on Saturday. Those Blues expended a lot of effort firing 40+ shots on Minnesota. The key is how much more the Blues’ top nine is shuffled around. Something tells me there may be a little more tinkering but against the Wild, the chances were plenty. Dallas has seen better play defensively of late after a horrid stretch in February where they were giving up nearly five goals a game for a better part of the month. Yes giving up a hair less than three goals a contest (2.8). Hey that is progress! Both the Blues and Stars are scoring about the same although the Blues were firing about 35 pucks a game on net which was a hair more than Dallas. Their shots per goal is typically rather high. Usually the Blues are often around 12-15 in this stretch too often. Jake Allen gets the start for St. Louis  with Kari Lehtonen starting for St. Louis. This should be a pretty good game and yes it is televised on NBCSN.

Line: Blues -125 . O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Alex Pietrangelo, D, Blues ($5600)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Blues ($7800)
  • Tyler Seguin, C, Stars ($8700)
  • Kari Lehtonen, G, Stars ($7800)

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Flyers @ Senators

Game Analysis

Hey the Senators and Flyers play a game that actually means something. Steve Mason and Andrew Hammond should be your starters but you never quite know with Ottawa. Just keep an eye on the beat writers to make sure Craig Anderson doesn’t unexpectedly start. Hammond has been lights out, giving up two goals or less in every single one of his starts. He has beat a who’s who of teams and really all one can do is just ride the wave. Ottawa is on some wave of confidence as every game becomes almost a must win from here on out. Ottawa’s top six has been scoring at a solid clip. Philadelphia had a blinding display of offense against Detroit as the fired from all angles and beat Jimmy Howard seven times on 36 shots. The problem often is when the Flyers have outbursts like this, they go into a bit of a scoring funk. Maybe Ottawa catches a break here. Erik Karlsson has also been rather consistently near 4-5 DraftKings points a contest too. Now we are talking and yes the Senators power play has slightly improved in this 15 game stretch. It was quite putrid.

Line: NL , O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Wayne Simmonds, RW, Flyers ($4700)
  • Mark Streit, D, Flyers ($4300)
  • Mike Hoffman, LW, Sens ($4400)
  • Bobby Ryan, RW, Sens ($5000)

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Bruins @ Capitals

Game Analysis

I was looking at this and thinking did Tuukka Rask expend too much energy against Pittsburgh. That will be the question IF Rask starts against Washington. Boston has a chance to haul in a team many thought was not possible. Those Capitals which looked so good for the longest time are hurting for a win. Washington is 2-3 in their last five and Boston has won their last five games behind the Bergeron-Marchand duo and Rask’s goaltending. The strangest thing is even the Capitals power play has been a bit of an adventure of late while Boston has been near 20% in their last ten games. Yes there is a lot of bizarre and strange here but then again Boston just has a way of doing this no matter the circumstances. Do the Capitals hear footsteps? We are going to find out what they are made of and we are going to find out if the Bruins can really pass Washington and then maybe Detroit.

Line: NL, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Patrice Bergeron, C, Bruins ($6500)
  • Tuukka Rask?, G, Bruins ($9200)
  • Alex Ovechkin, LW, Caps ($9700)
  • Braden Holtby , G, Caps ($8200)

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Predators @ Ducks

Game Analysis

This game has potential to be a slobberknocker. The Predators really did the unthinkable and have absolutely gone south badly. Anaheim has not been much better and Frederik Andersen has not played too well since coming back. Then again both teams really are fighting it right now. Which team decides to stand up and deliver? Does Carter Hutton get a start for Nashville just to change things up? Something has to give before the season gets too far away and seeding starts to drop. Anaheim might be in the same position if they are not careful. The teams at the top are getting as bunched up as the bottom is in the West. This is going to be some fun to see how these teams respond as they have both been a bit battered of late. This is going to be a heck of a game as the desperation has to show at some point. Maybe stacking Perry and Getzlaf since they like to play Nashville. It is worth a shot.

Line: NL , O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Filip Forsberg, RW, Preds ($4500)
  • Mike Fisher, C, Preds ($4800)
  • Cam Fowler, D, Ducks ($3500)
  • Corey Perry, RW, Ducks ($7000)

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