Arizona Coyotes(0-7-1) vs New York Islanders(4-3-1)
Now, this is a perfect example of why not to jump on the bandwagon for a young team. Before the season started the Coyotes were getting such high praise and remarks about their offseason and how they are going to be contenders. Well, they have played just eight games this season but I’m pretty sure those eight games are a clear indication as to how they will be for the next 74 games. This one is quite easy in my opinion, a young team struggling right now against an Islanders team with a lot to prove, will not fare well for Arizona. Islanders, 4-1.
Anaheim Ducks(3-3-1) vs Philadelphia Flyers(5-3-0)
The Ducks wings are clipped right now, they are hurting real(large emphasis) bad. Cam Fowler just hit the injured reserve(IR), Patrick Eaves was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome(a disease where one’s immune system attacks the nervous system), Sami Vatanen still unlikely to return, but Hampus Lindholm is expected to make his debut tonight. The Ducks are hurting and feeling the effects starting off with a 3-3-1 record, where the Flyers have seen major success in their top six and Shayne Gostisbehere as well as some unlikely goaltending in Brian Elliott. The Flyers at home are a difficult team to beat especially versus a team that is riddled with injuries. Flyers, 3-2.
Edmonton Oilers(2-5-2) vs Pittsburgh Penguins(5-3-1)
The Oilers have looked terrible out of the gate and have not seen the depth production they were hoping for along with some poor defensive and goaltending. Very unlikely of the Oilers but luckily they get one of their top guns back in the lineup tonight, Leon Drastali. Drastali went down early in the year with an eye/head injury but is expected to return to the lineup tonight. While the Penguins have not been all that consistent and just dropped to the Lightning, 7-1. The Penguins need to get some confidence and consistency going, with a fragile blue line and unsure Matt Murray right now, the Oilers speed will look to take advantage of the two. But the storyline heading into tonight’s game is a test of the best, Sidney Crosby vs Connor McDavid two best players in the world going at it. Who will help their team to a victory tonight? Oilers need a win bad and it comes tonight, Oilers 4-3.
Tampa Bay Lightning(7-1-1) vs Carolina Hurricanes(3-2-1)
Lightning. Need I really say more? Steven Stamkos was named first star of the NHL this week, has 18 points over nine games, Nikita Kucherov was the second star this week, and of the top leaders in the NHL, these two are up there for goals, assists, and points. The Hurricanes 10,000 fans do not worry me for the Lightning’s sake. This could be a well-fought game and relatively tight but at the end of 60-minutes, the Lightning is going to win.
Detroit Red Wings(4-4-1) vs Buffalo Sabres(2-5-2)
Battle of the basement, well the two basement teams to be, come December. Buffalo made a ton of offseason acquisitions, a new coach and still have not been able to string together a 60-minute or even 30-minute game. The Sabres must come out from the start and just fire pucks on the net, they struggle to hold leads and scoring early could be the way to dig themselves out of deficits. They have the ability to score goals just holding onto the lead is their worry. While the Red Wings continue to see production from their top guys, which is a good sign. Luckily age is not a factor for Henrik Zetterberg as he leads the offense with 9 points and once superstar defenseman Mike Green looks to be starting off on the right foot this season with 11 points. Tonight, I think the Sabres can put together a somewhat decent effort to beat the Red Wings. Sabres, 3-2.
Florida Panthers(3-4-0) vs Montreal Canadiens(1-6-1)
Will the Canadiens capture a win again in October, probably not and it won’t come tonight that is for sure. The only bright spot for the Canadiens and or hope is that back up goaltender James Reimer is net so if they can manage to throw 50 pucks on net like they did vs Anaheim maybe they will get some bounces. But the Panthers have a magnitude of offensive weapons and definitely outmatch the Canadiens up and down the lineup. Vincent Trocheck, 2 goals tonight, random guess I wanted to throw out there. Big Trocheck fan. Panthers, 4-2.