Colorado Avalanche(5-4-0) vs Vegas Golden Knights(7-1-0)
It seems as if the Golden Knights are almost unstoppable at home and have won every game at home thus far and only dropped one game to the Detroit Red Wings this season. After beating the Blackhawks and Blues, Vegas is soaring high right now and with an underdeveloped team, with no identity, the Golden Knights crowd and team will come out again tonight. I’ve gone against Vegas all season, so let’s see if the one time I take them, they win. Vegas, 3-2, OT.
Ottawa Senators(5-1-4) vs New Jersey Devils(6-2-0)
The NHL recently ranked the Devils within the top 10 of NHL teams to this point, as well with Ottawa. Therefore in a sense, we have a top 10 battle tonight. Ottawa’s offense has been solid all across the board and Mark Stone has really been the go-to so far this year. Erik Karlsson is luckily back in the lineup as well and Ottawa has lost only one game in regulation this season which shows their relentlessness and ability to take games at any moment. While the Devils have seen great production from their top six forwards and with Corey Schneider coming back soon the Devils will get their top goaltender and rock of the team back soon enough, but tonight Keith Kinkaid gets the start as well as Mike Condon for Ottawa. Tonight, it will be a closer, lower scoring game then we expect. Ottawa, 3-2.
Winnipeg Jets(4-3-1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets(6-3-0)
The Jets are coming off a thriller overtime loss vs Pittsburgh last night, but as a whole, their defense has not looked great and against an offensively strong team in Columbus, the Blue Jackets have the ability to expose this fragile defense. The goaltender tonight for Winnipeg is going to most likely be Steve Mason since Connor Hellebuyck is coming off a back to back and Mason has looked poor as of late and that will the perfect chance for Columbus to get an early lead going and run from there. Columbus, 4-2.
St. Louis Blues(7-2-1) vs Carolina Hurricanes(4-3-1)
What a win last night for Carolina, beating one of the best teams in the league by a three-goal margin is impressive, as the Blues are coming off a day’s rest where they handled the Flames 5-2. Both teams are coming off great performances and it looks as if Carter Hutton is getting the nod tonight for St. Louis. Hutton is a serviceable goaltender who shall not be overlooked. The Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tied among all defenseman in points(12 points) and leads defenseman in goals, as well as Jaden Schwartz who is leading the offensive charge with 14 points. The Hurricanes have seen one successful forward though, Jeff Skinner which if the offense isn’t the same as last night(imagining it won’t be), the Canes will have a tough time beating the Blues without all in the effort. Blues, 3-1.
Nashville Predators(4-3-2) vs Chicago Blackhawks(5-3-2)
The first time these two met, Chicago beat them 2-1, in what was the first time these two have met since the Predators embarrassed the Blackhawks in the playoffs last year. This is the second of four meetings between the two and one more will come before the All-Star break. A Central division battle, these two are said to be the two leading the Central division come April and this will a test two of the best right now. Patrick Kane leads the Hawks with 12 points and Filip Forsberg leads the Preds with 12 points. In what is expected to be a close game, we can imagine both goaltenders to bring their best. A relatively low scoring game tonight. Hawks, 3-2.
Dallas Stars(5-5-0) vs Calgary Flames(5-5-0)
These two teams are both coming off mediocre starts and poor losses recently. The Stars have not been consistent as the Flames have not been either. Both cannot get their top guns chipping in on the same night and have struggled with keeping leads. This will come down to a battle of the goalies tonight I feel like, Ben Bishop is annoyed about being pulled and Mike Smith is trying to string together some more consistent performances. The two difference makers in tonight will be Tyler Seguin, Ben Bishop, the Flames defense and Johnny Gaudreau. A test of the top six, who’s is better. Which team will be in the playoffs? Can Gaudreau carry this team? Where is the fire between Radulov-Seguin-Benn? A ton of questions to be answered and it starts tonight. Flames, 4-3.