Ottawa Senators(9-12-7) vs Buffalo Sabres(7-17-6)
Who would have thought this would be the hardest game to pick a winner, the Sabres have been terrible all season and the Senators have managed to win four games since November 1st, and as of now, they are on a four-game losing streak. The Senators performing this poorly simply does not make sense, after acquiring Matt Duchene it seemed the wheels fell off the track. The Sabres definitely did not see this type of production this early in the season, a team that had high(er) hopes to come into the season, simply fell face first on the ground. This one will probably have Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner in net, both goalies are not great right now and Lehner see’s no help from his back end. Tonight I am going Senators.
Los Angeles Kings(20-8-3) vs New Jersey Devils(16-9-4)
The Devils welcome the hottest team in the NHL to the “Rock”, in the last ten the Kings have managed to pick up eight wins and have scored 32 goals in the last ten. While the Devils lead of the Metropolitan has slipped through their fingers as they are now in the first wild-card spot. As the season continues the Devils momentum has seemed to die out, in the last ten the Devils are 5-4-1. A game that has major implications for the season it would be bad for the Devils to drop this one as the rest of December their schedule does not get easier. The Kings are also starting their first of four road games tonight. Which starting on the right foot is important. I’m going, Kings.
Toronto Maple Leafs(20-10-1) vs Philadelphia Flyers(11-11-7)
After dropping ten straight the Flyers have bounced back to win three in a row, which earned Brian Elliott the third star of the last week. Something the Flyers need desperately is solid goaltending and luckily that is what Elliott has been able to bring them. Unfortunately, tonight will be no cakewalk as the Flyers take on one of the better teams int he NHL and a young explosive Toronto offense. Toronto is 6-3-1 in their last ten and post a 10-5-1 away record. For some reason, I have a feeling this game may go to overtime, one time that rarely goes to overtime vs another team that it feels like all they do is play overtime hockey. A close game is in store no doubt, but tonight I am going Toronto.
Tampa Bay Lightning(21-6-2) vs St. Louis Blues(21-8-2)
The battle of the top! This game could not have come at a worse time for St. Louis though as they have just received news that Alex Pietrangelo will hit the IR and Jaden Schwartz will be out for 4-6 weeks. The Blues are without one of their top forwards and best defenseman going up against the best team in the NHL. Luckily Jake Allen has been lights out in his last 4 games posting, four wins, 1.50 GAA and .944 save percentage. The Lightning has also not been lights out like the beginning of the year but still when a team has players like Stamkos and Kucherov, the two top point-go’ers in the NHL it is tough to rule this team out of any game. Tampa is 6-4-0 in their last ten with an 8-4-1 away record, while the Blues are 6-3-1 in their last ten with an 11-5-0 home record. I like the Blues tonight even without Schwartz and Piet, Blues tonight for me.
Carolina Hurricanes(11-11-7) vs Vegas Golden Knights(19-9-1)
I cannot believe I am about to write this but Vegas is going to be the fifth team this year to reach 20 wins after tonight. Vegas has been one of the best home teams this year, wait, nevermind they have been the best home team this year, losing only two games of the 14 games they played this season. Production from players that were fourth or third line players scoring like first line players has been Vegas’s kryptonite. Plus solid goaltending from god knows where these players came from Vegas is tough to beat, especially at home. Carolina is a sub-par team coming off back to back, I don’t like them tonight. Running Vegas.
Other games on tonight
Avalanche vs Capitals: Both on back to back, going Capitals.
Oilers vs Blue Jackets: Man, the Oilers can’t catch a break. Jackets.
Flames vs Wild: This is a tough one, two teams battling for a wild card spot right now. Going Wild.
Panthers vs Blackhawks: Panthers on a back to back probably starting their back up and plus playing four periods. Going Hawks.