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 is the usual, relaxing three game slate. This will be quick.
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The news is coming in, as always, but there will be updates on Twitter with a short slate and the late 8:00 pm ET start.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Philadelphia Flyers
This is going to be a game that will be tough to gauge. Chicago came off a win on Monday night where Corey Crawford had to stop over 40 shots. At one point it felt like, Carolina was more like Chicago in their dominance. Yet, they never could tie the game up. Maybe Philadelphia saw something. The Flyers will not make the playoffs this year but Steve Mason has been very good in net, when healthy. He should start after missing Saturday with the flu. His 2.28 GAA and .925 save percentage have been one of the few bright spots this season. The only bad part is his record which is 14-17-10 so honestly you have about a 1 in 3 chance of winning if you draft him. Corey Crawford is higher priced but more reliable. Can the Flyers’ first line out play the Blackhawks’ first line? Better yet, will the Flyers power play be able to penetrate one of the best penalty kills in the league? Hey, this could be really low scoring or it could be a lot of fun. The problem is trying to gauge what might happen. Therefore, just let it ride!
Money Line: Blackhawks -160, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Jonathan Toews, C, Hawks ($6900)
- Corey Crawford, G, Hawks ($9200)
- Claude Giroux, C, Flyers ($8700)
- Mark Streit, D, Flyers ($4500)
Colorado Avalanche @ Edmonton Oilers
This is on track to be a high scoring game as Ben Scrivens is this generation’s Peter Budaj, I swear. he really gives up three goals a game (31 GA in his last 10 starts). Colorado should be able to capitalize on this early and often. Now Edmonton can score some goals too. Colorado gives up a good amount of scoring chances and their team defense just is spacious at times. There is really no better way to describe it. This really has the look of a game where rushes are commonplace and special teams will be the likely decider. Semyon Varlamov is no question the better goalie but he will usually give up two or more goals at a moment’s notice as well. His last ten starts have been much like a goalie on a very good run should be. That 2.00 GAA and .936 save percentage means a little bit but hey if the Oilers score two times and the Avalanche hit the back of the net four times at least, would anyone be surprised? The Avalanche top six is just superior but on any given Thursday…..
Money Line: Avs -150, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Matt Duchene, C, Avs ($7300)
- Semyon Varlamov, G, Avs ($9000)
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers ($8100)
- Ben Scrivens, G, Oilers ($7000)
Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames
The game could have been an over / under of six in another time. Both teams like to push the action up the ice and often it is up to the goalie to make that extra and crucial save. Can anyone stop that Sean Monahan-Johnny Gaudreau-Jiri Hudler line? However can the Flames halt the Tyler Seguin-Jaime Benn combination? One gets the feeling that Seguin and Benn are going to break out soon and this might be the type of game where both offenses could break out. The slight risk is if the players start hitting goalies instead of the back of the net. The Flames have a pairing in Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman that could be daily fantasy gold in this game. The first power play units are going to be intriguing to watch. People really should sit back, relax, and enjoy this one. It is the game that features the most skater point potential as well as special teams potential. Does that pan out or do the goalies surprise us? We will find out.
Money Line: Flames -125, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- John Klingberg, D, Stars ($3900)
- Tyler Seguin, C, Stars ($9000)
- Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($5700)
- Kris Russell, D, Flames ($5400)