Dallas Stars(16-13-1) vs New York Rangers(16-11-2)
The Stars begin their Tri-state road trip with the New York Rangers, this is just the second time the Stars are facing off against a Metropolitan division. Coming off a 5-3 loss to Vegas and posting a 6-4-0 record in their last ten the Stars have landed themselves in contention of a playoff spot. As of now, the Stars are tied at 33 points with Minnesota. Four road games are not something that favors the Stars and their situation. The Rangers are coming off a big win vs New Jersey the other night while posting a 7-3-0 record in their last ten. The Rangers have played against three other Central division opponents, the Rangers are also heading into a rough stretch right now going home and traveling in all matchups this week. The Rangers are one point out of a wild-card spot with 34 points. The Rangers posted a 12-5-0 home record and will be looking to stay afloat in this wild Metro divisional race. Tonight I’m going Rangers.
Washington Capitals(18-11-1) vs New York Islanders(16-10-3)
Two of the top teams in the Metro and the highest scoring offenses in the league. An offense that is led by two stars has led these two teams to be within the best of the NHL right now. Washington goes on an away, home, away trip this week and in their last ten they have posted an 8-2-0 record. While on the road they are 6-6-1, heading into face one of the better home teams in the league. The Islanders offense has surely fired up this team thus far, while their goaltending is lacking they still have managed to stay within the top four in the division. The Islanders are 5-4-1 in their last ten, but 8-1-2 at home this season. Tonight, I like the Islanders.
Florida Panthers(11-14-4) vs Detroit Red Wings(11-13-5)
The Panthers are definitely underperforming this season and after losing Roberto Luongo earlier in the week last week, it does not help this struggling offense. Without Luongo, the Panthers are 1-1 and in their last ten, they are 4-4-2, while posting a 5-8-1 away record. The Panthers offense will need to be clicking consistently, something that they have struggled with all year. The Red Wings have fallen off from their hot start and currently sit 5th in the Atlantic division, the Red Wings have seen some unlikely rookie and young prospect production but it has not been enough to keep this team afloat the divisional race. In the last ten, the Red Wings are 2-5-3, while posting a 5-6-4 home record. Tonight, I like Florida.
Carolina Hurricanes(11-10-7) vs Anaheim Ducks(12-11-7)
The Ducks have seen their fair share of injuries this year but they have slowly got back some key pieces, like Rakell, Kase, Fowler, Bieska but are still without Silfverberg, Kesler, Getzlaf, Lindholm. The fact this team has still been winning and are posting an above .500 record is insane. The Ducks are now 6th in the Pacific division and posting a 2-4-4 record in their last ten and a 7-7-3 home record. The Hurricanes have been underperforming this season, by the standards, we had set them for earlier in the year. The Hurricanes have struggled with some offensive depth scoring and goaltending issues, and have been back and forth, an inconsistent team all season. In their last ten, the Hurricanes are 3-4-3 and post a 5-6-4 record on the road. Tonight, I like the Ducks.
Other games on tonight
Canucks vs Jets: Jets
Avalanche vs Penguins: Penguins