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NHL PICKS OF THE NIGHT: Heading to the West Coast

New Jersey Devils(8-2-0) vs Vancouver Canucks(6-3-2)

Two teams off to a surprising start and within the top of their divisions. Tonight the Devils get back two key players though Brian Boyle who was diagnosed with leukemia before preseason and Marcus Johansson who went down with a lower-body injury earlier last week. With the top six solidified and a solid fourth line center in Boyle, the Devils will continue to produce tonight. In net will be Jacob Markstrom in net the Canucks will hope to continue their success, but with rookie Brock Boser now day to day, the Canucks line up continues to look worse. I am not a fan of Vancouver tonight, especially vs a hot Devils team. Devils, 4-2.

Toronto Maple Leafs(7-5-0) vs Anaheim Ducks(6-4-1)

Can anything else go wrong for Anaheim, they lose Cam Fowler, Kevin Bieksa and now Ryan Getzlaf. This team cannot catch a break but somehow they are managing to win games and actually post an above .500 record. John Gibson is their best chance of winning, as Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell have been off to slow start this team must rely on their defense and goal scoring right now. Toronto comes into the night for their second West Coast road trip, dropping a crucial one to San Jose Monday night, Toronto needs to collect a win on this road trip. I cannot see this team dropping two of the three on the road, and going back to back vs the Kings tomorrow, tonight is their best chance to win. Maple Leafs, 3-2.

Nashville Predators(5-4-2) vs San Jose Sharks(6-5-0)

Nashville has been struggling as of late in their last four games they are 1-2-1 and San Jose is 5-2-0 in their last seven games, but goaltender Pekka Rinne has been rock solid in net for Nashville this season through eight starts he is 5-1-2, with 1.86 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Some history could be in the making though as Joe Thornton is one point away from 1,400 career points, looking to be the 20th player in NHL history to do so. All eyes will be on both Rinne and Thornton tonight. The Sharks are coming off a solid win vs a good team Monday night and get ready to take on yet another good team. Nashville will need their top point go-er, Filip Forsberg, to be on tonight as tonight will not be an easy win vs a hot Sharks team. Sharks, 3-2.


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