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 features a four game slate and hopefully some easy times ahead.
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The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because with the schedule, it will be 60 minutes before game time where we find out more information.
Senators @ Jets
This is a game where you must be careful. The Jets will be rested facing an Ottawa team on the back end of a back to back. It does indeed look like Craig Anderson will start unless something dramatically changes. The key in this game will be how both teams keep skating. Everyone knows that Ottawa has some young players that can move and shoot pretty well. However, that Ladd-Little-Wheeler line is well en fuego! Admittedly no one really knows who will be in net for Winnipeg. It seems like it will be Hutchinson but this is Paul Maurice we are talking about here. The Jets also must find a way to stay out of the damn penalty box. No playoff bubble team even should be this bad at staying disciplined. It is really something they must address further in the offseason. Right now, they will have to fend off a pesky Ottawa team and Erik Karlsson to boot. Karlsson will be ready to play after being hot over the last nine games with a dozen points. He is riding the California wave like the rest of the Sens so the Jets have their work really cut out for them here.
Update: Andrew Hammond will start for Ottawa.
Money Line: Jets -165, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Mike Hoffman, LW, Sens ($5100)
- Craig Anderson?, G, Sens ($8500)
- Michael Hutchinson?, G, Jets ($8000)
- Bryan Little, C, Jets ($5100)
Rangers @ Red Wings
These teams can play a lot of defense but surprisingly they have shown a good bit of firepower offensively in the second half. The Rangers have been one of the highest scoring teams in the league since January 1st. Detroit has a heck of a power play which converts at a clip of 25%. New York has averaged 3.21 goals a game on the road along with 18 wins. Even without Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers are still 8-1-1 over this latest ten game stretch. Another Henrik, Henrik Zetterberg, may just return Wednesday night if all goes well. He practiced on Monday and looked pretty good while doing so. That would be a huge lift for an already offensively balanced team. Marek Zidlicky makes his debut for Detroit and Keith Yandle plays his first road game as a Ranger. Yandle and Zidlicky will do some power play qb work and that may be one of the more intriguing subplots in this game. Cam Talbot versus Jimmy Howard should be the starting goalies. Both teams have an abundance of depth as far as offensive talent and can suppress shots with the best of them when they need to. This game literally shapes up to be quite the barn burner and worthy of a potential stack or two.
Line: Wings -135. O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Chris Kreider, LW, Rangers ($5100)
- Derick Brassard, C, Rangers ($4300)
- Henrik Zetterberg?, C, Wings ($5800)
- Gustav Nyquist, RW, Wings ($5300)
Pens @ Avalanche
The game has offense galore written all over it so watch out of nowhere it is a low scoring game. That has happened before though it was a high event game like tonight’s game will likely be. If Colorado just gets it going then this could be quite the contest. The problem is which goaltending shows up for both teams? That is the toughest thing to gauge here as Marc-Andre Fleury is probable versus Seymon Varlamov. Pittsburgh has seen the over hit four times in a row. Colorado gives up three goals a game almost like it is candy at times. This is just not easy to gauge but Pittsburgh has pretty much every conceivable edge you could think of. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had a pretty good weekend with multiple point efforts and there is a possibility that could happen again. Pittsburgh has almost a 9% conversion rate edge over Colorado as far as their power play which just makes their power play point potential that much better. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene are centers of attention but can they step up against the likes of Crosby and Malkin?
Line: Pens -140 . O/U 5.5
Players to Watch
- Kris Letang, D, Pens ($6700)
- Patric Hornqvist, RW, Pens ($8200)
- Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avs ($7700)
- Matt Duchene, C, Avs ($6100)
Canadiens @ Ducks
Hey the Montreal Canadiens had one of their patented tire fires against San Jose. Will they at least make it a little more productive looking againat Anaheim. The Ducks will likely start John Gibson in net as Frederik Andersen played last night and no one should be surprised that Carey Price will start for Montreal. Anaheim looked very good as they easily handled business in Arizona. Montreal does have the luxury of having an extra night’s rest but would want to face the Ducks after a night where Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry did nothing on the box score? I wouldn’t. That being said, Montreal rarely follows up one clunker by having another so a better effort is likely. They will need it as Carey Price will have to steal this game. These are both teams that do not have strong power plays but the acquisition of James Wisniewski has to help the Ducks’ man advantage at least a little bit. Montreal’s penalty kill has been anchored by strong teamwork and Carey Price. Timely goal scoring has been their specialty. The Ducks will have to be on high alert as the Canadiens are a little faster than they appear.
Line: NL, O/U 5
Players to Watch
- Alex Galchenyuk, C, Habs ($4800)
- Andrei Markov, D, Habs ($5500)
- Jakob Silfverberg, LW, Ducks ($3600)
- John Gibson?, G, Ducks ($8800)