NHL Picks

JJ’S NHL PICKS OF THE NIGHT; OCTOBER 17, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins(3-2-1) vs New York Rangers(1-5-0)

The New York Rangers have stumbled off the starting line and coach Alain Vigneault has changed the defense and offense lines more than he has changed his underwear. Facing off against a top team in the NHL, the Rangers will be put to a test tonight. Henrik Lundqvist has looked shaky in his five appearances but so has the whole Rangers team, as the Penguins are not off to a phenomenal start they are 3-2-1, but seeing production from the usual suspects is their key to success. The 1-5 Rangers looked to get back into the win column after dropping a few tough losses. This will not be an easy game for the Rangers to resurge their start of the season over, Penguins 4-2.

Florida Panthers(2-2-0) vs Philadelphia Flyers(3-2-0)

After a surprising 8-2 win over Washington Saturday night, the Flyers welcome the Panthers for their second home game of the season. The Panthers are seeing Evgeny Dadonov and his line gel well together that line will play a key in the Panthers success tonight. Flyers are happy to see Voracek and Gostisbehere leading the team in points. The real matchup will come in between the pipes between Brian Elliott and Roberto Luongo, as both offenses can score and have offensive weapons to be dangerous in the zone. For tonight, going Flyers, 3-2.

Toronto Maple Leafs(4-1-0) vs Washington Capitals(3-2-1)

Two high powered offenses and two elite goal scorers go at tonight. The Capitals are coming off an embarrassing 8-2 loss and the Leafs are coming off a historic win over the Canadiens in overtime. The Leafs usual Auston Matthews will be a guy to contain for Washington but the Capitals defense without Matt Niskanen now will have their hands full. The Leafs just announced Mitch Marner will be skating on the fourth line but it is subject to change. The Capitals had to call Madison Bowey recently as well this will be another headache for Bowey on the backend. Tonight, go with Capitals 5-4.

Tampa Bay Lightning(4-1-0) vs New Jersey Devils(4-1-0)

The only team stuck with a back-to-back on the night are the Lightning and they go storming into a red-hot Devils team. The Devils will need to jump on the Lightning quickly as they will be traveling from Detroit to New Jersey, the Devils are coming off a big win at the Garden and will look to keep this hot startup. Corey Schneider has looked to be back to his old ways but he will not have an easy time slowing down, Kucherov, Stamkos, Palat, Johnson, Killorn, and the Lightning offense. This could be a blow out situation. Lightning, 4-3.

Vancouver Canucks(1-2-1) vs Ottawa Senators(3-0-2)

Ottawa has exploded open for back to back six-goal games, and this even without Erik Karlsson, but wait for no longer Senator fans, because Karlsson will be back in the lineup and ready to claim a Norris trophy this season. The Canucks have a few solid players and some youth to be excited in but other than that, against a hot Senators team I don’t see a matchup here tonight. Senators, 3-1.

Colorado Avalanche(4-2-0) vs Nashville Predators(2-2-1)

This is a tough one as it should not be but the Predators have not looked lights out and the Avalanche have looked surprisingly good, well this one will really come down to the offense as both defenses are capable of holding their own. With Roman Josi out the Predators miss their captain in the top four and power play. Pekka Rinne vs Semyon Varlamov is the matchup for tonight, both goalies have started fairly well as Varlamov has a 1.76 goals against and Rinne has 2.76 goals against. Let’s see if Yakupov and the Avalanche top six can match the Stanley Cup contending Predators offense, this will turn out to be a better game than we expect. Predators, 4-3.

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