Florida Panthers(7-6-3) vs New York Rangers(9-8-2)
The Panthers have been on a little bit of hot streak here, coming off five wins in their last six games as for the Rangers are coming off another loss to the Islanders. I say another cause the Rangers have lost the last 12 of 13 vs the Islanders. The Panthers since coming back to the U.S. from their Global Series trip have been clicking, Mike Hoffman extended his point streak to 14-games, Roberto Luongo has been looking like he is 25 again. I mean we all knew the Panthers could be a good team everyone was very high on them coming into the year. And again I like them here tonight. The Rangers have been a solid team this season, but I just see the Panthers capitalizing on their opportunities and jumping on the Rangers early. Going Panthers money line.
Detroit Red Wings(8-9-2) vs New Jersey Devils(8-8-1)
The Red Wings have been a different team from the first two weeks of the season, they have beat some solid teams and have won 7 of their last 10 games. In this span the Red Wings have scored 30 goals, when they win they score around 3-4 goals, they can easily be a team to take one from New Jersey. The Devils already lost to Detroit earlier in the season and are coming into this game on a two-game win streak. The Devils last ten they are 4-6-0, they have been a pretty inconsistent team this season. Before their last two wins they lost five of six. I see the Devils winning here though, can’t drop another bad game.
Tampa Bay Lightning(13-5-1) vs Philadelphia Flyers(9-9-1)
Tough break for the Flyers, they lost to the Devils Thursday night and the Lightning lost to the Sabres. Tough break, because the Flyers should probably do their best to take one on home ice but it won’t be happening here tonight. The Flyers are 5-4-0 in their last ten, dropped their last two games and are 4-6-0 on home ice. The Lightning coming off a tough loss to Buffalo a game they should have won will not let another slip from their fingers. With a struggling Flyers power play and Calvin Pickard in net, I see the Lightning taking this one tonight.
Buffalo Sabres(11-6-2) vs Minnesota Wild(12-5-2)
The Sabres have knocked off the Lightning and Jets in their last two games, are third in the Atlantic and on a 4-game winning streak. What you just read is all true. The Sabres are looking like a different Sabres team. The addition of Rasmus Dahlin has balanced out that backend, Jeff Skinner has been a great addition, Carter Hutton has given the Sabres some goal-tending consistency, Linus Ullmark has been a solid back up. But they head into Minnesota vs another great team, if the Sabres take this game chalk them up for the playoffs now. The Wild are 7-3-0 in their last ten, coming off a win vs Vancouver, 6-1-2 on home ice and have been a very solid team. This is another good test for the Sabres, but I think their magic wears off as they go in a back to back, from Winnipeg to Minnesota, tough travel schedule. Going Wild.
Montreal Canadiens(10-6-3) vs Vancouver Canucks(10-9-2)
And the Canucks are coming back down to earth, like we all imagined. They were way to hot, way to quick. They have lost four straight now, 4-4-2 in their last ten and now average just 3.05 goals per game while allowing 3.48 a league worst. The Canucks are coming off their most recent loss to Minnesota 6-2 and the Canadiens are coming off a win vs Calgary on the road. The Canadiens average around 3.21 goals for and 3.32 goals against. With Carey Price and Jacob Markstrom in net this could be a low scoring game. On home ice the Canucks are 5-2 as the Canadiens are 4-3-2 on the road. Going Vancouver tonight.
Columbus Blue Jackets(11-6-2) vs Carolina Hurricanes(8-7-3)
The Blue Jackets are a tough team to read this season, they are on/off every other week. A little inconsistent to start the year but they do have 11 wins so it seems to be working. The Blue Jackets are coming off a big win on home-ice, on a two game win streak and 6-2-2 in their last ten. As the Hurricanes are 4-4-2 in their last ten coming off a win vs Chicago. The Hurricanes have been a subpar team on home ice this season only winning 4 of their 9 home games as the Blue Jackets have won 6 of their 9 road games. Tonight I am feeling a solid game from Scott Darling and a Hurricanes win.
Edmonton Oilers(9-8-1) vs Calgary Flames(10-8-1)
And….. the Flames have cooled down. They have lost 4 of their last 9, on a two-game losing streak and come into tonight’s game with a 4-3-1 record on home ice. The Oilers are not much better they are 5-5 on the road and in their last ten, they did win their most recent game vs Montreal. But the Oilers as a whole have been a streaky team. They average just 2.89 goals for, allow 3.01 goals against, 19 percent power play, 74 percent penalty kill, they are the definition of average the Oilers. The Flames score around 3.05 and allow the same amount with a 18.5 percent power play and 77 percent penalty kill. Again average numbers. These teams are similar in a lot of areas, and they are both very middle of the pack talent level. Tonight I’d go home team in Calgary.
St. Louis Blues(7-7-3) vs San Jose Sharks(10-7-3)
The Blues cannot seem to get a streak going, they either win one, lose one, win one, lose one, etc, etc. They have been a back and forth team all season now and it has killed them. Their goaltending has been the biggest issue for them, asking Chad Johnson to step in for Jake Allen when Allen is struggling is tough. They are going Johnson to start the game tonight. They got a big win on the road vs Vegas Friday night but that also means they go back to back vs a team coming off a loss and needing a win. The Sharks are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-3-1 on home ice, they are also a team we expected a little more from this season. I see the Sharks taking this game, this game is going to be a little high scoring. Sharks either way though.
Other games on tonight:
- Penguins vs Senators: Yeah, Penguins may want to start winning soon.
- Bruins vs Coyotes: Back to back for the Bruins, from Dallas to Arizona (not bad) but the Coyotes are no walk in the park anymore. I like the Coyotes tonight.
- Kings vs Predators: Yeah, Predators home ice. Kings are back to back also going from Chicago to Nashville.