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. Monday features only three games and please keep in mind that the trade deadline is at 3:00 pm ET. Some players listed may have to be edited as they may be traded.
NHL $2K Poke Check
We have a nice way to make some decent money in a GPP for tonight.
The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the trade deadline. There will be a good bit of chaos.
Predators @ Rangers
This is a game where you will be intrigued to see how Keith Yandle adapts to his new team. He is a power play quarterback extraordinaire which will bump Dan Boyle down. Mats Zuccarello has also re-signed to a four year deal. Glen Sather has been busy without getting into specifics but it will be Cam Talbot against Pekka Rinne (probable). This is going to be quite the game as the Predators are looking to bounce back from their current slump which is probably the first real sign of adversity all year. If there are other players acquired, we will keep you posted err use the almighty editor. Nashville probably will stand pat so what you see is what you get. They have a defensive corps that is arguably better than the Rangers yet they do not get the accolades. It will be a fun battle for DFS purposes. Will Filip Forsberg be back in the top six? This back and forth lately has to be frustrating for fantasy players as well as the rookie Swede. Expect some offensive fireworks but a little adjustment period for the Rangers. Nashville may be able to pounce.
Money Line: Rangers -125, O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Filip Forsberg, RW, Preds ($5300)
- Pekka Rinne, G, Preds ($8900)
- Keith Yandle?, D, Rangers ($TBA)
- Derek Stepan, C, Rangers ($5100)
Hurricanes @ Blackhawks
These tests for Chicago have to be passed sometime. Win a damn game! Antoine Vermette will likely be the second line center and probably get power play time. No one is sure if that will be PP1 or PP2 time so that is a situation to monitor. It is clear that Chicago went for depth and a little oomph! Corey Crawford will start and again, the Hurricanes have been outscored on the road by nearly 3/4 of a goal. The numbers have improved but too many times Carolina comes almost not ready to play at times. Then sometimes they come all guns blazing like they did against the New York Islanders. So which team do you get? Does anyone know? It would appear Cam Ward is the probable but just wait a bit on that. The Blackhawks have to win this game to gain some confidence. All this inconsistency is not just a blip, it simply must be nipped. The underlying trend is this Hawks team is not only not the same without Patrick Kane but they are almost in a state of shock currently. Defensive breakdowns are not the only problem but the general offensive inconsistencies are mind boggling. Chicago, this is a statement game and DFS’ers should definitely watch.
Line: Chicago -210. O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Alex Semin, RW, Hurricanes ($4400)
- Eric Staal, C, Hurricanes ($7200)
- Corey Crawford, G, Blackhawks ($8800)
- Antoine Vermette, C, Blackhawks ($3500)
Canadiens @ Sharks
The game is unprecedented because Montreal is a favorite for the first time in San Jose in over a decade. San Jose is basically a .500 team at home who did not win a home game in February. They look disconnected and literally rudderless at times. You can see it on the faces of the younger leaders and the vets/younger vets discord is obvious even if not at first. Antti Niemi is the expected goalie for San Jose and you can guarantee that Carey Price and his league leading numbers will start for Montreal. Price can literally carry a team while they go through the motions err ice the puck frequently. Who will Montreal acquire for the deadline? That is not known yet. San Jose has already shipped out James Sheppard and we will see who else. Bigger names may not go until the summer but this team is not a buyer. If there was ever a time for Montreal to steal one in San Jose, this would be it. Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban may just have a really good night against San Jose. San Jose has lost 4 of 5 and Montreal is 4-0-1 in their last five. Will the Habs score four? It’s distinctly possible. DO not be surprised if San Jose makes this close however.
Line: Montreal -120 . O/U 5
Players to Watch
- P.K. Subban, D, Habs ($8500)
- Max Pacioretty, LW, Habs ($9000)
- Logan Couture, C, Sharks ($8200)
- Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks ($8800)