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 offers up five games.

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Islanders @ Maple Leafs

Game Analysis

This is a game where you can mix and match a little as the Maple Leafs and Islanders often play these high tempo games. That might just be enough to get New York ready for their rivalry Tuesday clash with their Hudson River friends. The Maple Leafs give up a lot of goals and so do the Islanders. There is one difference. those Islanders can score a good bit more than they allow. That is the thing and why the Islanders record is what it is and why the Leafs are heading for a top five pick. John Tavares and his line really will not have much resistance against but this might be a game where Phil Kessel finally breaks out a little bit for almost the same reason. The thing is this. Toronto has scored six goals in their last five games. The Islanders had given up and scored right around three goals a game for the last five in contrast. Toronto again had lost 4 of 5. This is a game that New York needs and playing around with top six stacks and possibly Johnny Boychuk would be a potentially prudent idea.

Money Line: Isles -170, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • John Tavares, C, Isles ($9000)
  • Jaroslav Halak, G, Isles ($8800)
  • Jonathan Bernier, G, Leafs ($8400)
  • Phil Kessel, RW, Leafs ($6900)

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Oilers @ Red Wings

Game Analysis

These teams are going to play one fun game. Even the Carolina-Edmonton game offers sort of a peak into this one only because Detroit  has the ability to play faster than Edmonton when they want to. However, Detroit can also dial it back because after the disaster against Calgary, the Red Wings learned a valuable lesson. Yes, they are huge favorites but they must watch for the Oilers top line. They struck often against Carolina and they can at any time against anyone. The problem becomes that the Oilers often need rock solid goaltending to win. Outscoring an opponent is hardly practical for an Edmonton team with such little confidence. The strangest thing is Detroit has the same fragile confidence just far less often. If you want take a look at playing Detroit’s second line. Would I risk the goaltending? The answer is probably not. It is nice that the Oilers have only given up only 11 goals in their last five but they scored just seven goals (all before the Carolina game). Detroit’s offense is a bit more prolific. This should be different. No one knows what to expect.

Line: Wings -300. O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Oilers ($4800)
  • Jordan Eberle, LW, Oilers ($5700)
  • Pavel Datsyuk, C, Wings ($5400)
  • Jimmy Howard, G, Wings ($8000)

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Predators @ Coyotes

Game Analysis

The game is just a mess. Does anyone know if Nashville will finally bounce back? They are in some tailspin being losers of six straight. Both teams are currently scoring less than two goals a game over their last half dozen contests. Where to go with even picking players here? However, Pekka Rinne has not even looked like himself. The struggle has been real for both teams. You expect Arizona to not be able to generate offense but never Nashville. There was going to be a period of adversity for the Predators but not like this. Yet, the lack of a true power play presence is part of the reason why this losing streak has persisted as long as it has. Arizona’s penalty kill is only around 78% so maybe there is a ray of hope but the Predators are around 16.5% and near 15% on the road. The Coyotes can still be dangerous as their power play at home is near 20%. Their goaltending is bad with Mike Smith. Let’s be honest. It is a bit ugly. Maybe this is the night for Nashville?

Line: Preds -210 . O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Roman Josi, D, Preds ($7100)
  • Craig Smith, C, Preds ($5600)
  • Sam Gagner, C, Coyotes ($4300)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Coyotes ($4800)

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Penguins @ Sharks

Game Analysis

Hey the Sharks fell to Vancouver and are now six points behind them. It is safe to say that almost every game from here on out is a must win. The problem is San Jose has a potent power play but an increasingly problematic penalty kill. The Penguins come in just in time although they were held to one goal themselves against Los Angeles. It was a tough game that they survived for the two points. Patric Hornqvist nabbed the game winner and is looking like the player we saw early in the year. There is a lot of firepower in this game and really too much to just have one goal combined so do not worry about that. There will be goals scored. The Pittsburgh penalty kill will be tested as a top 5 unit on every single kill. San Jose is relentless in attacking. This may be a 3-2 or 4-3 game with a good chance of high event hockey. Antti Niemi is expected to battle Marc-Andre Fleury in net. With two teams desperate for positioning, expect a lot of urgency in this one.

Line: Pens -115 , O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Evgeni Malkin, C, Pens ($9100)
  • Kris Letang, D, Pens ($6000)
  • Patrick Marleau, LW, Sharks ($7500)
  • Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks ($8700)

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Ducks @ Canucks

Game Analysis

I was looking at this and this has potential to see some goals also! The key is how much does this game get away from the loser. That often happens when these two teams play. Anaheim is missing James Wisniewski and Sami Vatanen which would definitely help their sorely sagging power play. Vancouver’s power play has also struggled mightily of late. You would think one of these would rise up on Monday but power play potential indexes seem to indicate that not to be the case. This will be an even strength battle. The Sedin Twins would likely go up against Cam Fowler and the Anaheim first line. That could be a challenge. Whomever stays the most disciplined will likely win the game. Five of the last six games between these two featured the winning team because that team stayed out of the box more. Frederik Andersen will probably face Eddie Lack. Lack has been pretty good in net for Vancouver but not good enough. Both teams have scored 3+ goals per game over the last five games so there is at least the growing possibility of the over hitting.

Line: Ducks -115, O/U 5.5

Players to Watch

  • Cam Fowler, D, Ducks ($3900)
  • Ryan Kesler, C, Ducks ($7300)
  • Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks ($6400)
  • Eddie Lack , G, Canucks ($7400)

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