New Jersey Devils(11-4-2) vs Toronto Maple Leafs(12-7-0)
Devils +140 vs Toronto -160 over/under: 6
This game has a possibility of going to overtime, I don’t know why but Toronto has zero overtime losses and the Devils always keep games close. Anyways, the Devils get another key piece of their line up back tonight, as Travis Zajac was recently activated off the IR. Now with Kyle Palmieri and Zajac back the Devils top six looks to be getting even better. Plus with Auston Mattews ruled out again tonight and William Nylander’s status still unknown, this is a tough one. This game is a bit of a tease to because Toronto is injured up and down the lineup, Roman Polak is dressing as a forward and the Devils are plus, I like the Devils in overtime, 3-2.
Carolina Hurricanes(7-5-4) vs New York Islanders(9-6-2)
Carolina -105 vs New York +125 over/under 5.5
The Islanders offense has been firing on all cylinders and Josh Ho-Sang seems to be a regular now. Tomas Greiss is getting the start and Tomas Hickey and Ryan Pulock are in the line up as well, the Islanders are going with their younger lineup today vs another young team. Carolina has a ton of offense and anything can happen on any given for this team in terms of offense but it seems their defense and goaltending has just not been there all season, they have been a bit inconsistent and not a team I am too confident in. Scott Darling gets the nod today and the Canes seem to be riding on the Jordan Staal train right now. Tonight, I’m going Islanders 4-2.
Pittsburgh Penguins(10-7-3) vs Ottawa Senators(8-3-5)
Pittsburgh -120 vs Ottawa +100 over/under 6
Bobby Ryan back, Matt Duchene slowly getting adjusted to his new team, and the Penguins wary defense against a hot Mark Stone and strong Ottawa offense, not looking good for Pittsburgh. Connor Sheary and Jake Guentzel have been off to a very slow start as well as Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh really is not a team that worries that much right now. Ottawa, 4-2.
Dallas Stars(9-8-1) vs Tampa Bay Lightning(14-2-2)
Dallas +155 vs Tampa Bay -175 over/under 6
This one is a no-brainer, Dallas has looked terrible the last two games and by no means are they going to come into Tampa Bay and walk all over or even beat the Lightning. The Stars see offensive production from three and occasionally four guys, after that it is nonexistent where on the Lightning’s end they have six to seven forwards capable of scoring on any given night. With the best duo in hockey right now, the Lightning pick is a no-brainer people. Lightning 4-1.
Washington Capitals(10-8-1) vs Colorado Avalanche(8-7-1)
Washington -140 vs Colorado +120 over/under 6
The Capitals and Holtby got shelled vs Nashville the other night, I would find it concerning if that happens again tonight. The Capitals have Matt Niskanen back but Christian Djoos just went down as day-to-day so his status is unknown. But the Capitals have the offensive depth to make up for their lack of blueline presence especially against a team like Colorado. Now, Colorado is surprising me, to say the least, they have seen solid production from Alex Kerfoot and Mikko Rantanen but they still lack defensive depth, also Tyson Barrie is OUT tonight so that leaves another hole on the blue line. I’m going Capitals, 3-1.
Nashville Predators(10-5-2) vs Minnesota Wild(8-7-2)
Nashville +115 vs Minnesota -135 over/under 5
Yes, we know what you all are wondering will Devan Dubynk record another shutout. I am not answering that question, I don’t want to jinx the hot goaltender right now. But what I will say is Minnesota will win their fourth straight game. Jason Zucker’s point streak continues especially if Minnesota wants to win, also I think we will see Mikael Granlund get on the scoresheet tonight he has been quiet since coming off the IR. A strong and confident Minnesota team is nothing to mess with, I like Minnesota tonight.