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 only three games, so let’s quickly get down to it.
We have a nice way to make some money in a GPP tonight for those wanting to go in lightly.
The news is coming in, as always. Make sure you’re checking Twitter, and be sure to keep an eye out during warm-ups to make sure your player is not out for whatever reason.
Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild
This is a fun way to look at this game. Minnesota has a chance to change the landscape in the Western Conference playoff race. The Wild have one of the best penalty kills in the league at almost 87%. Minnesota has won three straight games and four of their last five. They score over three goals a contest at home and give up a little less than two goals a game at the friendly confines when Devan Dubnyk is between the pipes. Yes, he has played a ton, but so far it has been so good. Since January 15th, Minnesota has the best record in the league. As for Calgary, Karri Ramo will start his fourth straight game, and the Calgary goaltending situation is still a little shaky and a bit of an adventure. The Monahan line had a point each against Dallas and are all still very dangerous. Their price has gone up, but is still pretty affordable for the next couple nights. After that, Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman are defensemen to look at. Calgary scores at a clip of 2.74 goals per game on the road, and that is rather good. This could be more interesting than expected.
Money Line: Wild -170, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Jiri Hudler, RW, Flames ($6400)
- Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($6500)
- Jason Pominville, RW, Wild ($5400)
- Zach Parise, LW, Wild ($8700)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are licking their wounds after a humbling defeat by the Philadelphia Flyers. Columbus comes into town tonight, and they are a team that can give Western Conference teams some trouble. Yes, the Blue Jackets are 9-6 against the top teams in the West. Also, Sergei Bobrovsky is looking like the goalie he was last year. At least he is healthy, and it is clear. He sports a 7-2-1 record in the last ten, including a .925 save percentage. With Columbus finally mostly healthy, it’s not a surprise they have become the team they were supposed to be. Despite that, Chicago has been just as hot, and Corey Crawford is also 7-2-1 in the last ten games with a .948 save percentage. This has the looks of a goalie duel, but, remember, Bobrovsky sees a lot of rubber, so three or more goals are still not out of the question. Depth wise, the Blackhawks are a little better off, but Columbus has guys like Boone Jenner who can play physical and contribute a little offensively too. Watch the spread and the puck line. This reeks of a close game.
Money Line: Blackhawks -210, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Nick Foligno, RW, Blue Jackets ($5900)
- Ryan Johansen, C, Blue Jackets ($7800)
- Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks ($7100)
- Corey Crawford, G, Blackhawks ($9100)
Dallas Stars @ Edmonton Oilers
This game looks to be up and down hockey tonight, and if you saw their previous games, then you would understand why. Yes, both teams are coming off of 4-3 victories. That’s right! Both teams can put up three, four, even five goals here. With Tyler Seguin’s line and more offense, Dallas definitely keeps things interesting. Now, Edmonton is much the same with questionable goaltending and a better offense. The Oilers first line against the Stars first line is going to be quite the experience. Both can definitely beat the other, and no one will be surprised if goals come from there. This is what is the best part about the game tonight. It will be the defenses that ultimately decide this. Can the goaltending hold up? You will just have to wait and see, but considering Edmonton has a tough time holding leads and spatial issues defensively, this could be a really good offensive night for Dallas with multiple point potential for a few players.
Money Line: Stars -165, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Alex Goligoski, D, Stars ($4500)
- Tyler Seguin, C, Stars ($8900)
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers ($7600)
- Oscar Klefbom, D, Oilers ($4200)