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. Wednesday, we pull out the sunglasses with just three games.

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Injury Updates

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New York Rangers @ Chicago Blackhawks

Game Analysis

This is one of those games where it really could end 1-0 or 2-1 but it could also be a 4-3 game too. There are a lot of unknowns. Who will start for Chicago on Wednesday? Cam Talbot gets the nod for the Rangers but with Henrik Lundqvist practicing, it is a matter of time before Lundqvist starts once again. Both teams have sketchy power plays and New York is without Martin St. Louis so expect a little line juggling. Kevin Hayes may again become a fun play just because he is still pretty cheap and his hands and power might annoy Chicago just enough. The Blackhawks see both New York teams on back to back nights so the speed will be something they are ready for. Jonathan Toews has been stepping it up of late and Corey Crawford thrived the last time these two teams faced off. It just came down to one shot. It really could again. The under looks very likely. New York has hit the under a whopping seven times in a row which is amazing. Both teams have been very stingy. Hawks have given up seven goals in the last five while the Rangers have given up only THREE goals in that span.

Money Line: Blackhawks -140, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Derek Stepan, C, Rangers ($4400)
  • Rick Nash, LW, Rangers ($9000)
  • Corey Crawford, G, Blackhawks ($9200)
  • Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks ($7200)

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Columbus Blue Jackets @ Edmonton Oilers

Game Analysis

This is the installment of tank wars for the evening. Can the Oilers avoid winning? That sounds crazy but they scored four times in less than 10 minutes against Toronto the other night then stopped scoring. Columbus and Edmonton have had adventures at times giving up goals in the last week or so but hey this is why they play the game. Sergei Bobrovsky should face off against Ben Scrivens. Bobrovsky is basically playing out the string and getting back to 100% health. Scrivens has been up, down, and all over the place. It just seems like these two teams are destined to score some goals on Wednesday night. This could be a wild one with Ryan Johansen becoming a possible stack with Scotty Hartnell. For the love of god, the Benoit Pouillot is on fire. Actually he has had a good season and could score 20 goals this year. Him, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins combine for seven points when together against Toronto in yes less than half a period. No one knows what kind of defense to expect from either team so you might as well embrace the goals!!!

Money Line: Blue Jackets -135. O/U 5.5 (This may change)

Players to Watch

  • Nick Foligno, LW, Blue Jackets ($7000)
  • Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Blue Jackets ($8500)
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers ($8400)
  • Benoit Pouillot, LW, Oilers ($4300)

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Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks

Game Analysis

The game that is all about the playoffs. Anaheim actually could virtually clinch a playoff berth with a win while Los Angeles needs about eight wins to make the playoffs (or about that). Honestly Los Angeles is probably playing better than Anaheim and that is not a surprise. Jonathan Quick has had a few shutouts of late and has looked better and better over the last month or so. The thing is offensively, both teams are not necessarily struggling but the offense is more spread out. The Kings have given up a measly five goals in the last five games. Anaheim has been more porous at times and the frustration has shown with the players and coaching staff alike. What will be interesting is which bottom six makes an impact. That is what usually decides these games. In theory, Anaheim’s a little stronger but LA’s is more physical. That sounds weird but it is true. There is a difference between push and push harder. The Kings push harder. They always have. This time of year you get the feeling that it is a Jeff Carter type of game for the Kings. Can Perry and Getzlaf step up once more? This should be a 2-1 or 3-2 game because as Darryl Sutter says, “this is a 3-2 league!”

Money Line: Ducks -125 . O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Anze Kopitar, C, Kings ($5700)
  • Marian Gaborik, RW, Kings ($5800)
  • Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks ($8800)
  • Corey Perry, RW, Ducks ($7500)

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