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. Sunday offers up six games with a four game evening slate. Let’s work on that!

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Injury Updates

The news is coming in as always but there will be updates on Twitter because of the nature of this Sunday slate. After yesterday’s miraculous return of Tyler Seguin, expect the unexpected!

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Flyers @ Devils

Game Analysis

This is a game where how much does the pre-game ceremony honoring the 1995 New Jersey Devils carry over into the game? This could go one of two ways. Either the current Devils get a little too awestruck or the team rides the wave of emotion and channels it into victory. It will be emotional no matter what. Cory Schneider is the reason why New Jersey is right around .500. They might be Edmonton or Arizona bad with almost anyone else. The Flyers might be a lot worse off with Steve Mason. Though New Jersey seems to have Mason’s number, he is the probable barring a last minute change. Philadelphia has an interesting team but a flawed team nonetheless. They lost a tough game to Boston yesterday in overtime because simply they could not stop Brad Marchand. They let Marchand and his antics get to them. Sure enough Patrice Bergeron was able to set up the winger and boom! New Jersey has kind of a similar player in Jordan Tootoo (with less offensive talent). Also, this is the type of game where New Jersey’s top six might have enough to push back.

Money Line: NL, O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Claude Giroux, C, Flyers ($8700)
  • Mark Streit, D, Flyers ($5000)
  • Cory Schneider, G, Devils ($8400)
  • Steve Bernier, RW, Devils ($3100)

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Avalanche @ Wild

Game Analysis

These teams are straight up nuts! They do not like each other and it shows. What will they do for an encore of encores? This rivalry tends to end up with the home team winning and we will see who gets confirmed via the goalies. It could be Varlamov versus Dubnyk. Varlamov, if he starts, came off a 44 save shutout against Columbus. Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene will lead the way for Colorado while Zach Parise and Jason Pominville do the same for Minnesota. Thomas Vanek should be able to play on Sunday after missing Friday’s game with the illness du jour…the flu. On the blue line, Tyson Barrie carries the fantasy hopes and then maybe Ryan Suter for a few blocks here and there. Matt Dumba is the wildcard with four goals in his last nine games. If he ever develops the passing and some basic defensive skills, Dumba has a heck of a chance of a future top four role with the Wild. There are so many little battles within the game that the team that gets suckered less will be the team that winds up not only winning but having more of their players be daily relevant.

Line: NL. O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avs ($7500)
  • Tyson Barrie, D, Avs ($5200)
  • Zach Parise, LW, Wild ($7900)
  • Thomas Vanek?, LW, Wild ($3800)

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Flames @ Senators

Game Analysis

The game has an odd feel because the Flames defy all sorts of logic and explanation. They lose their best player and they start winning. They get dominated puck possession wise, they have third periods to remember. This is the PDO Warriors of 2014-15. Meet the one goalie changes our fortune Ottawa Senators. Now it looks like Craig Anderson may finally start on Sunday (hand). Though I would check back frequently because I would be tempted to start Andrew Hammond anyway. As for the Flames, again wait on the beat writers for this one. Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman have become the first pairing for defense in Calgary. Erik Karlsson is still the defense in Ottawa. This game still has quite a bit of intrigue and DFS’ers are really looking forward to this. There is also the Johnny Gaudreau-Jiri Hudler combination which is a reasonable cap hit and still allows you to climb the ladder when it comes to affording higher priced players. Ottawa has the Mark Stone-Mike Hoffman duo also for the same purpose.

Line: Sens -140 . O/U 5

Players to Watch

  • Kris Russell, D, Flames ($5800)
  • Sean Monahan, C, Flames ($5700)
  • Kyle Turris, C, Sens ($5500)
  • Erik Karlsson, D, Sens ($8000)

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Rangers @ Blackhawks

Game Analysis

Hey the Blackhawks get the test they were asking for in the Rangers, who are one of the hottest teams in the league. Corey Crawford goes up against Cam Talbot as Henrik Lundqvist is just a week or two away. Now the question is can Chicago put all of it or enough of it together to start beating the teams at their level again? That is what we are going to find out this evening. The Rangers have a multi faceted attack that thrives on space as far as the ice. The way to beat them is to lessen that space but very few teams can be that patient to execute such a strategy. The only other way is to out possess them which is also not easy to do. Chicago, when Saad and Hossa and Toews are on their game, are one of those teams. This will be a test and one of these teams will have to break out on special teams to come out on top. Or will they? That may be the bigger question. Either way, expect a defensive game with controlled bouts of offense.

Line: Blackhawks -150 , O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Derek Stepan, C, Rangers ($4300)
  • Keith Yandle, D, Rangers ($5200)
  • Brandon Saad, LW, Blackhawks ($4900)
  • Marian Hossa, RW, Blackhawks ($7300)

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