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 has a nice three game slate and an easy one to play casually.

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Injury Updates

The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the Friday slate being a little light. This is the way as the days dwindle down to the end of the regular season.

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New Jersey Devils @ Buffalo Sabres

Game Analysis

This is the anti game of the night. Frankly this is one of those games that you may want to stay away from unless you pick your spots well. Keith Kinkaid will start for New Jersey as Cory Schneider is starting on Saturday against the New York Islanders. Look to the younger players for Buffalo as far as value plays if you really feel like going there but better plays exist. When you get right down to it, here are two teams with awful offenses and one that has a pretty good defensive system for the most part. Buffalo’s special teams percentage (power play and penalty kill combined) is a for the ages abysmal 85.8%. Expansion teams were better than that except for maybe the 92-93 Ottawa Senators. New Jersey’s road numbers are nothing to be proud of but take away some of their tire fires and those stats suddenly look halfway decent. While I would not recommend any stacks, picking and choosing guys like Michael Cammalleri and Adam Henrique for New Jersey might be not bad while picking Tyler Ennis from Buffalo who has been flying around lately.

Money Line: Devils -185, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Michael Cammalleri, LW, Devils ($5500)
  • Keith Kinkaid, G, Devils ($6800)
  • Matt Moulson, LW, Sabres ($5400)
  • Tyler Ennis, C, Sabres ($5700)

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Detroit Red Wings @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Game Analysis

This is a game where Tampa Bay should be helped nicely as Detroit is on the back end of back to back games. Add in that Pavel Datsyuk is still out with what is believed to be a groin injury and you have this all served up nicely for the Lightning. Jimmy Howard should be facing Ben Bishop in what will be a very important test for Howard because of the inconsistencies he has experienced since coming back from yes a groin injury. That seems like a theme. Ondrej Palat will return for the Lightning which means a triplets stack will be an option once again for DFS owners out there. If you are feeling ambitious a Steven Stamkos cash play might not be a bad idea either. Tampa is still going to have to watch out for Detroit’s power play which can strike at any time at 25.3%. Marek Zidlicky literally is a house of fire as far as power play and point production for Detroit and might be again as the one thing Tampa has problems with at times is a precise power play. That is the Red Wings calling card. Tampa has the tell tale advantages here but hey with Detroit’s talent, you never can be sure.

Money Line: Tampa Bay -160, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Tomas Tatar, LW, Wings ($5000)
  • Henrik Zetterberg, C, Wings ($8500)
  • Steven Stamkos, C, Bolts ($9000)
  • Tyler Johnson, C, Bolts ($6800)

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Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Ducks

Game Analysis

The game is just tough to gauge but the bookies seem to be inching this into the high event realm. It could depending on who starts in net for each team. Watch confirmations there just in case there is a last minute change or two. Colorado has finally found peace so to speak and has now won four of their last five games. Anaheim comes off a big OT win over the Los Angeles Kings where Ryan Kesler looked like playoff Ryan Kesler. That is basically the second line center the Ducks need to see the rest of the way to have that 1-2 punch. Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog (especially Landeskog) have been very good of late. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will take some time to mesh. However, Getzlaf is still chugging at a bit over four DraftKings points a contest. That means good things for owners who did stick with him despite the big breakup. This should be a game for the Ducks to flex their offensive muscle as Colorado gives up lots of shots and scoring chances. Look at value and mid-range Anaheim players if you are trying to get away from what everyone else will own in GPP’s.

Money Line: Anaheim -180, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Tyson Barrie, D, Avs ($5900)
  • Matt Duchene, C, Avs ($8100)
  • Ryan Kesler, C, Ducks ($7000)
  • Hampus Lindholm, D, Ducks ($3800)

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