New Jersey Devils(10-4-2) vs Chicago Blackhawks(8-7-2)
The Devils are 1-2-2 in their last five games, the Hawks are 3-2-0 in their last five, the only concern with tonights match up though. The Blackhawks played last night away in Carolina, with a quick turn around and travel to Chicago, the Hawks will be slow to start. New Jersey is coming off two days rest, Kyle Palmeri is back in the lineup, but back up goaltender, Keith Kinkaid goes tonight. Hawks will have Corey Crawford in net after playing Anton Forsberg last night. The once successful Kane-Toews- Sharp ended rather shortly, as Richard Panik goes back to line one and Kane is playing with Ryan Hartman and Artem Anisimov. The Hawks blue line has been their biggest struggle, with little to no defensive depth this team has struggled greatly. Their offense has been a bit streaky but home ice should pay off well for the Hawks tonight. Just don’t count out New Jersey, as they keep all games tight and are coming off a win last night vs Florida. Hawks, 3-2.
Edmonton Oilers(6-9-1) vs Washington Capitals(9-7-1)
Edmonton continues to struggle, as this team is now 16 games in they currently sit 28th in the NHL if Edmonton continues this struggle it will be a tough ladder for this young team to climb up. The Capitals are coming off a big win vs rivals Pittsburgh Penguins. But Edmonton is going back to back, from a 1 p.m. start time yesterday to a 7 p.m. start time today, the quick turn around will give the Capitals time to jump on the Oilers quickly and dictate the game. I cannot imagine Edmonton to come out buzzing from the beginning, it may take a few minutes to get their legs under them. Look for Washington to get pucks on net early and really give the Oilers trouble in the defensive zone. Capitals, 4-2.
Tampa Bay Lightning(13-2-2) vs Anaheim Ducks(7-6-3)
Anaheim gets hit with another injury now, Ondrej Kase is on the IR, leaving them with more problems on the front end, luckily John Gibson tested negative for a concussion and will be thrown in net to take on the red-hot Lightning. The Lightning’s offense is the opposite of Anaheim’s as their top guns are performing and the forward depth is there, Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, and Vladislav Namestnikov are all chipping and playing their roles remarkably. This game will either be a game Tampa Bay takes control or a game where they let Anaheim hang around and make this a tighter game than needed. Gibson is going to need to step up and play big time, possibly steal a game for the Ducks here, but something I do not see happening. The best move is to go with Lightning, 3-2.