Calgary Flames(5-4-0) vs St, Louis Blues(6-2-1)
The Blues really let me down the other day when they played Vegas, I had them big and that was supposed to be the game that Vegas fell off the track. Well, I was wrong and I have been wrong about Vegas all year now. But tonight vs Calgary a team that has been mediocre at best comes into St. Louis after shootout win vs Nashville will be feeling the effects of a long game. St. Louis is well rested, a healthy top six and strong goaltender. At home versus another Western conference team, it will be a good test for both clubs. Johnny Gaudreau will look to continue his tear this season as Jaden Schwartz the Blues leading point scorer hopes to continue his own success as of late. Tonight, going with the Blues, 3-2.
Buffalo Sabres(3-5-2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets(5-3-0)
Well, the Sabres were able to finally string together a win in a dramatic 1-0 fashion. Luckily thanks to Robin Lehner’s shutout the Sabres finally got back in the win column. The thing that makes nervous about this team is that their power play is performing at a 13.9 percent, which was not supposed to be especially with their weapons and Jack Eichel. As the game continues to be more penalized and forcing more power plays this team needs to figure it out. On the bright side, the Sabres face another dreadful power play in which the Blue Jackets are only cashing in at a 9.1 percent. In the NHL now it is a game of special teams and whatever team has the better special teams will more than likely win a handful of their games. These two are right there neck in neck in penalty kill Columbus at an 83.3 percent and Buffalo at an 82.9 percent. Luckily for the Blue Jackets, they get the Sabres in a back to back matchup and a game in which Buffalo battled all game in. Still, tonight comes down to how each performs on the special teams. Blue Jackets, 4-2.