DraftKings NHL: Sunday Breakdown

DraftKings NHL: Sunday Breakdown

This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.


The NHL is rolling out eight games this Sunday. We'll be focusing on the later six games starting at 5 p.m. EST. 

The Rangers-Penguins is the only game with a 6.5 O/U, and we'll certainly be targeting them in this slate. It's worth noting that the Capitals are a strong play, but they'll need to be closely monitored for line-stacking purposes. Tom Wilson's suspension will shake things up, so it's tough to pinpoint the exact lines right now.

Advanced statistics are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick.


Tuukka Rask, BOS vs. NJ ($8,400): Rask has been a bit up and down this season, generating a .902 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA. He always seems to get solid offensive support, though, and this matchup is extremely favorable, as the Devils rank 27th in the league with 2.50 goals per game. 

Anton Khudobin, DAL vs. NSH ($7,900): Facing off against the Predators has been DFS gold this season. The Preds rank fourth in the league with 32.2 shots on net per game, but they're empty calories, as they sit 28th in the league with 2.33 goals per contest. Khudobin hasn't been great lately. Nevertheless, his .913 save percentage is good enough to hang tight against the Preds on Sunday. 

Matt Murray, OTT at CGY ($7,000): Murray got roughed up in Thursday's loss to the Flames, and he has been quite inconsistent for the past month. He has alternated games with above a .929 save percentage with games below an .890 save percentage. However, his defensive support has been impressive, and the Flames rank 27th over the last two weeks with 1.92 xGF/60. 


Alex Ovechkin, WAS at PHI ($8,100): Typically we would like to stack Ovechkin with another his center at even strength or another player on the PP1. However, Tom Wilson will be suspended, and it's unclear how the lines will shake out. Don't miss this opportunity to put Ovi in your lineup. He's still one of the league's best power-play goal scorers, and the Flyers' PK (71.8 percent) enters Sunday at 28th in the league. 

Travis Konecny, PHI vs. WAS ($5,200): Konecny hasn't missed a beat in his return to the lineup. The 24-year-old has generated a goal and three assists over the last three games. This isn't surprising at all considering he posted exactly 24 goals in each of the past three seasons.  Washington's defense has been quite vulnerable this year, too, giving up 3.17 goals per game. 

Martin Necas, CAR vs FLA ($5,000): Necas is an underrated star in the making. He's lightning quick with a nasty wrist shot, and it's all been coming together over the last month, as he's racked up 12 points over the last 12 games. The 22-year-old won't get the luxury of facing Sergei Bobrovsky this afternoon, but he stacked up three points the last time he took aim at Chris Driedger.

Drake Batherson, OTT at CGY ($4,700): Batherson lit up the Flames last weekend, recording three goals and an assist across two games. The Indiana native has arrived and is here to stay. It doesn't hurt that David Rittich, who had a good streak that inevitably is ending, should be back in net.

T.J. Oshie, WAS at PHI ($3,900): Oshie should get bumped back into the top six with Wilson likely out. The 34-year-old is starting to drop off with just five goals and 10 assists through 22 games, but he's still lethal on the power play, where four of those tallies were produced. 

Ryan Johansen, NSH at DAL ($2,800): Injuries have piled up, so Johansen is cemented into the top six after spending some time on the third line. He's on a three-game point streak now with all of those points coming at even strength. His ceiling rises a bit now against the Stars' 16th-ranked PK (78.8 percent).


Bruins vs. Devils

Patrice Bergeron (C - $7,500), David Pastrnak (W - $8,900), Brad Marchand (W - $7,400)

The Bruins draw a home game against a Devils team that played Saturday afternoon. It's unclear if MacKenzie Blackwood will start for a second straight day, but it's more likely that Aaron Dell gets the nod. This unit's accolades are undisputed; they combined for six points Friday. Meanwhile, Dell has been far too inconsistent to be considered a major threat.

Panthers at Hurricanes

Aleksander Barkov (C - $7,600), Frank Vatrano (W - $4,500), Carter Verhaeghe (W - $4,600)

The Hurricanes have slacked off defensively lately, as they rank 27th over the last two weeks with 2.49 xGA/60 at even strength. They've gotten by because of solid goaltending, but it's a serious issue when their netminder's off his game. Thus, this line should get plenty of opportunities to break this game open. Barkov is the line's motor, but both Vatrano and Verhaeghe have scored in the last two games. 

Penguins vs. Rangers

Evgeni Malkin (C - $6,100), Kasperi Kapanen (W - $4,100), Jared McCann (W - $3,400)

Malkin hasn't been as explosive as usual this year, but he's found chemistry with his new linemates recently, putting up four points over the last three games. McCann and Kapanen have combined for five points in that stretch as well. Both the Rangers and the Penguins played yesterday, but the Rangers will be forced to start Alexandar Georgiev for a second straight day or tap an unqualified Keith Kinkaid. Either way, it's a prime opportunity for this unit to keep it rolling.


Adam Fox, NYR at PIT ($6,400): Fox put up two points – a power-play goal and an assist – in Saturday's win over the Devils, marking his third multi-point outing in five games. His goal was perhaps the best display of Fox's upside, as he took the puck coast-to-coast, splitting defensemen before beating MacKenzie Blackwood to open scoring. The 23-year-old continues to run PP1, and he'll look to stay hot against the Penguins' 27th-ranked PK (73.6 percent). 

John Carlson, WAS at PHI ($5,900): Three games without a point? No worries here. Carlson has a prime opportunity to rev back up Sunday. He's a power-play maestro, and he's an excellent stack to go with Ovechkin against the Flyers' putrid PK.

John Klingberg, DAL vs. NSH ($5,000): Perhaps Klingberg is overreliiant on the power play. After all, nine of his 15 points this season were generated on the man advantage. Nevertheless, he's in a prime position to keep that rolling, as the Predators' PK (70.1 percent) ranks 29th in the league. 

Keith Yandle, FLA at CAR ($4,700): It seems like a long time ago when Yandle was supposed to have his ironman streak ended at the hands of a healthy scratch. The 34-year-old pocketed two assists Saturday, and he's now up to 16 points through 23 appearances. He's not going anywhere; he's a strong addition to a Panthers stack.

Matt Grzelcyk, BOS vs. NJ ($3,600): Grzelcyk was expected to take on a larger role this year with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug out of the picture. Injuries paused that plan, but he's healthy again and skating on the second pairing and the PP1. He's a strong puck mover with four assists through eight games, and he'll be targeting the league's worst PK (63.9 percent) on Sunday.

Justin Schultz, WAS at PHI ($3,500): Carlson is the pricier option, but Schultz can do the trick if you're tight on cash. He quarterbacks to PP2 and has produced four of his nine points (19 games) with the man advantage.

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