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NHL Picks For NHL Wednesday Rivalry Night

Chicago Blackhawks vs Detroit Red Wings: NBCSN 7:30PM 

The Blackhawks have won now 12 of their last 14 games, are 8-2-0 in their last ten coming off an 8-7 win vs Ottawa and 11-15-3 on the road this season. As the Red Wings are playing .500 style hockey in yet another rebuild year. The Red Wings are 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a lose to Philadelphia Sunday night and 12-14-4 at home this season. The Blackhawks recent success has been off the backs of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Alex Debrincat the trio continue to produce and make this Blackhawks team a successful team. Kane heads into Detroit on a 18-game point streak and 40 points in those 18 games. Toews has 10 goals and 8 assists in the last 11 games, Debrincat has 8 goals, 13 assists in the last 11 games, therefore we can assume if the Red Wings do not slow these three guys down they are not winning. The Red Wings are going with Jimmy Howard (likely), Howard is 2-3 in his last five starts with 12 goals against. The Blackhawks goalie seems to be Cam Ward who was brought into the mess vs Ottawa the other night and will look to quickly rebound from that massacre. The last time these two played on February 10th the Blackhawks won 5-2, this is the last time these two will play and I am going with Chicago here.

Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche: 

The Jets have dropped their last two games and are 5-3-2 in their last ten games, they have a 15-12 record on the road this season. With yet another Blues win vs Toronto Tuesday night the Jets are only seven points ahead of the Blues. The Avalanche are coming off a big win vs the Golden Knights Monday night. The Av’s though are 2-5-3 in their last ten and 11-12-5 at home this season. The Jets and Av’s goalies are unconfirmed right now but I would assume we see Connor Hellebuyck and Semyon Varlamov in net for both teams. The players to keep an eye on tonight are the obvious ones for Colorado MacKinnon, Rantanen, Landeskog as for Winnipeg it is Brandon Tanev who is coming off back to back games with a goal and Patrik Laine who is in a drought right now. These two have played three times already, the Jets have won 2 of the three. The Jets two wins were by a score of 5-2 and 7-4 as the Avalanche took the last game in Winnipeg not too long ago (Feb. 14) 4-1. Tonight I except the Jets to get back in the win column and win 4-2 tonight.

New York Islanders vs Calgary Flames: 

The Islanders will have a great test in front of them tonight as they will put their Metropolitan division leading play to test vs one of the best Western Conference teams. The Islanders have yet to play the Flames this season therefore this will make for a fun match up as both teams are possession heavy teams with very skilled forwards and mobile defenseman. The Islanders goaltending (Lehner or Greiss TBD) will have the edge over Rittich or Smith tonight. If the Islanders can rally around their goaltending they can pick up a big road win here. The Flames are on a two-game win streak but 5-3-2 in their last ten as the Islanders are also on two-game win streak but 6-2-2 in their last ten. The Islanders road record is 17-10-2 as the Flames have a 18-5-5 home record this season. By the looks of it you can tell the Flames are not used to losing at home. The Islanders and Flames take relatively very few penalties therefore we can assume to not see a lot of special teams which will come down to 5 on 5 play a lot. I like the Flames in their own barn tonight.

Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights: NBCSN, 10:00PM

The Bruins are coming off a big road win in overtime vs the Sharks as the Golden Knights are coming off a bad loss to Colorado. The Bruins are on a six-game win streak, 8-0-2 in their last ten games as the Golden Knights are 3-7-0 in their last ten games. The Golden Knights at home are always tough though as they have a 17-9-3 record this season but the Bruins 14-10-5 road record will look to prevail. If we do see a lot of special teams this game the Bruins will have the advantage as their 2nd ranked power play (26.9) will be put to the test vs the 5th best penalty kill in the league (83.2), but the Golden Knights power play is clicking at 17.6 percent (20th) and Bruins penalty kill is ranked 16th (80.3). Tonight Jaroslav Halak draws in net for Boston who is 15-9-4 on the year with a 2.35 GAA but 2-1-2 with 9 goals against in his last five starts and coming off a shutout vs the Ducks. The Bruins took the first match up vs Vegas this season 4-1 but this time they are in Vegas. Marc Andre Fleury should draw in net for Vegas. Fleury is 29-18-4, a 2.61 GAA but 2-3 in his last five starts coming off three straight losses in which he allowed 4+ in those three games. The Bruins have the upper hand, coming off a big road win, gaining momentum heading into the rough part of the schedule and clicking on all cylinders. I am going Boston on the road.

Recap of picks:

  • Blackhawks
  • Jets
  • Flames
  • Bruins

 

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Ottawa Senators vs Detroit Red Wings

The Senators are a little under looked tonight, Detroit is 11-13-1 at home, coming into tonight off a win and 5-5-0 in their last ten. The Senators are equally as bad when they play on the road 7-18-1 with a 4-6-0 record in their last ten coming off a loss. Still even so, I like Ottawa tonight. The Red Wings took the last game they played 2-0 but Ottawa has edged them out two times already this season and I like the season series win for Ottawa here tonight. They won the first two meetings 2-1 in Ottawa and 4-2 in Detroit. The Senators are going with Anders Nilsson tonight who is 3-2 in his last five starts allowing 12 goals in that span. Red Wings go with Jimmy Howard (probable) who is 2-3 in his last five starts allowing 15 goals in that span. Although the Senators are not great right now, I like them vs a team they have been successful against in the past.

New York Islanders vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets are on a four-game win streak, gaining some traction in the Metro right now and 5-5-0 in their last ten games. They also have a 15-11-2 home record. As the Islanders are coming off an unexpected loss to Buffalo, 6-2-2 in their last ten and 16-10-2 on the road. The Islanders lead the Blue Jackets by five points, therefore a loss would not kill them but they only lead the Capitals by two points and the Capitals play a tough San Jose team which means perfect chance for the Islanders to gain a four point lead. The Islanders won the first game of the season series 3-2 and this is only the second of four meetings between the two. The Islanders are probably going with Thomas Greiss as Robin Lehner started last game. Greiss is 4-0-1 in his last five games allowing three goals in this five game span. The Blue Jackets go with Sergei Bobrovsky who is coming off a shutout win vs Washington but is 4-1 in his last five starts allowing 12 goals in that span. This is a very tough match up and call to make, I like the Islanders on the road for the sole reason it is a divisional rivalry, the Blue Jackets coming off a win and Islanders coming off a tough loss. Going Islanders.

Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets

This seems like it is a shoe-in and the Avalanche are out before it started. The Jets are on a two-game win streak, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 21-6-3 at home. As the Avalanche look to be the old Avalanche we knew from a couple of seasons ago. They are on a 8-game skid, 1-6-3 in their last ten and 12-12-6 on the road. Versus one of the best home teams in the NHL it will be nearly impossible for the struggling Avalanche to come into this building and take a win. The Jets go with Connor Hellebuyck who is 3-1-1 in his last five games allowing 15 goals in that span. Varlamov is obviously winless in his last five games and has allowed 19 goals in his last five games and 3 of his last five losses have come in overtime. The Avalanche have a tough road ahead of them right now with Winnipeg, Vegas, Winnipeg, Chicago in their next five games. Going Winnipeg tonight.

New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Devils are full on fold mode. They are not making a run for the playoffs and are juts getting through the season. They are coming off a terrible loss to St. Louis, are 3-6-1 in their last ten and 7-18-3 on the road. The Blackhawks are coming off a tough loss to Boston but head back home. Where they are 12-10-6 but also are 7-3-0 in their last ten games. The Blackhawks are 5-2-3 in their last ten home games though and have been playing well at home recently. The Devils are 4-6-0 in their last ten road games. The Devils seem to be going with Corey Schneider in net as the Hawks go with Cam Ward. Schneider is 0-6-2 with a 4.12 goals against on the year, while Ward has won his last four starts allowing 9 goals in that span. Going Blackhawks tonight.

Vancouver Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings

The Canucks are coming off a tough loss to Anaheim where they got blanked by rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle. The Ducks snapped a 7-game skid vs the Canucks and that is not going to sit well for them tonight. The Canucks are 12-15-4 on the road, with a 4-5-1 record in their last ten. As the Kings come into this one off back to back losses and are 5-3-2 in their last ten games with a 12-13-1 record at home. The Canucks give their newly acquired goaltender Marek Mazanec the start. Mazanec has played in 25 NHL games with a 8-13-4 record, 2.98 goals against and .895 save percentage. The Kings go with Jonathan Quick who is 2-2-1 in his last five starts allowing 19 goals in that span and 5+ in his last two starts. Going Canucks here tonight, they want to be a playoff team and have any shot at contending a back to back game with the odds stacked against you. This is how you make the playoffs. Also except a good game from the new goaltender Mazanec who has been shuffled around the NHL his entire career.

Recap of picks: 

  • Senators
  • Islanders
  • Jets
  • Blackhawks
  • Canucks

 

 

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Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Not an exciting night in terms of games for the NHL tonight. Only two on and this is one of them. Pittsburgh at home this year are 15-10-2, they are 4-5-1 in their last ten but coming off a big win vs the Flyers two nights ago. The Oilers on the other hand are 12-11-4 on the road, 3-5-2 in their last ten coming off a loss to San Jose. The Oilers have not played since Saturday night, as the Penguins last game came Monday. The Oilers should be well-rested and prepared for this game. The Penguins go with Matt Murray who is essentially impossible to get a read on this season. He played unbelievable vs the Flyers Monday but who knows what he can do tonight. Murray is 2-3 in his last five starts allowing 15 goals over that span. The Oilers go with Mikko Koskinen who has been very subpar since his signing. Koskinen is 1-3-1 in his last five starts allowing 17 goals in that span, he has allowed 3+ in four of these five starts. The Penguins are currently one point ahead of the Hurricanes for the final wild card spot and have no time to waste right now with the way the Hurricanes are playing. They need these two points desperately. We will see what they can do after a big win and no Evgeni Malkin tonight. Going Penguins.

Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks

This is a rough match up. The Ducks are still spiraling out of control it feels like, they have their GM as their new head coach, they can barely score goals and things are not looking good. Chad Johnson is a probable in net for tonight as John Gibson either is hurt or has given up on the Ducks. Johnson is 2-11-0 on the year with a 3.63 GAA but is 0-5 in his last five starts allowing 15 goals in that span. The Ducks are on a seven-game skid and 2-8-0 in their last ten but 10-8 at home. The Canucks are 12-14-4 on the road, 4-4-2 in their last ten and coming off a loss vs San Jose. The Canucks are currently two points out of a playoff spot right now. They are a hopeful team just playing the season and taking whatever comes their way. They are a very young, competitive team that can sneak into the post season and a win tonight helps those chances. The Canucks go with Jacob Markstrom (probable), who is 2-2-1 in his last five starts allowing 13 goals in that span. I like the Canucks tonight but something tells me that with Bob Murray behind the bench for his first game, the Ducks pull this one out and end their skid. Going Ducks.

 

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to continue their streak as they head to Boston. The Hawks are on a 7-game win streak and 7-2-1 in their last ten games and looking to continue their push for the playoffs. As the Bruins look to continue their own win streak although not as large, they have won their last two games are 5-2-3 in their last ten games and have a 20-7-3 record at home this season. The Bruins will be without David Pastrnak tonight due to thumb surgery, therefore that either bumps Jake DeBrusk up or Danton Heinen. Either way the absence of Pastrnak will be felt for the Bruins. The Bruins go with Tuukka Rask tonight who has won four of his five starts allowing 10 goals in those starts. Colin Delia is going tonight for the Hawks the recently 3-year, $1 million dollar a year goaltender looks to continue his great play. Delia is 3-1-1 in his last five starts but has won his last three starts. Delia has allowed 18 goals in five starts though (3.6 goals per game). Tonight is a big one for Chicago, Delia has been giving the Blackhawks what they need, not excellent but solid. Tuukka clearly out plays him, but with Pasta out and the Blackhawks rolling this could go either way. Going unpopular like always and taking Blackhawks.

New York Islanders vs Buffalo Sabres

The Islanders look to continue their tear coming off a win vs the Wild, they get a days rest and head to Buffalo vs a playoff hungry Sabres team. With the way the Sabres have been playing defensively and the amount of shots they allow per game this could be a lopsided game with the way the Islanders offense has been playing. The Sabres are going with Linus Ullmark who is 2-2-1 in his last five starts allowing 17 goals in that span. The Islanders go with Robin Lehner who will look to pick up his 4th win in his last six starts. In his last five games though he is 3-1-1 allowing 9 goals in that span. The Sabres struggle defensively therefore they are going to need to either (A) out perform and possess the Islanders defensively, (B) take away second chances for the Islanders or (C) out-score the Islanders. All three choices are going to be tough with the way the Islanders posses the puck offensively and have been playing excellent on both sides of the puck. Therefore, I am going Islanders tonight.

Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Capitals go back to back here, coming off a 6-4 win vs the Kings Monday night it will be a quick turn around to Columbus now. The Capitals did save Braden Holtby for the Blue Jackets tonight which makes me more confident. The Blue Jackets give Bobrovsky the nod as well. Holtby is 2-2-1 in his last five starts allowing 16 goals in that span. While Bobrovsky is 3-2-0 winning his last three starts allowing 17 goals in that span. The Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last ten and the Blue Jackets are 5-5-0, the two are separated by four points. The Blue Jackets could use these two points and it helps they are at home. I like the Blue Jackets at home here tonight, Capitals coming off a back to back game, on the road. Columbus is fresh and needing a win. Also the last time these two played was exactly a month ago and the Blue Jackets won 2-1. Except a 3-2 game here in Columbus’s favor.

Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The two best teams in the NHL go at it for the final time this season. These two have played each other just one time, the Lightning ended up winning in a shootout 5-4. The Lightning were on the road for the first game and are home for this one vs Calgary now. The Flames are on a two-game losing streak but still 6-2-2 in their last ten with a 17-10-1 record on the road. As the Lightning are 6-2-2 in their last ten, on a two-game win streak and 21-5-2 at home. The Lightning go with their obvious number one and Vezina candidate, Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy is 2-1-2 in his last five games, allowing 11 goals in that span. As the Flames go with their number one David Rittich. Rittich is 3-0-2 in his last five starts coming off an over time loss to Vancouver. Rittich has lost just four games all year and currently posts a 20-4-5 record. The Lightning have been the best team in the NHL since day one and they are currently showing why they are number one and cup favorites. They are 4-0-2 in their last six, having allowed two or fewer goals in four of six games. The Flames were riding a 8-0-1 streak just before their last four games in which they have lost two of their last four and now are one point behind the Sharks for first place in the Pacific division. This is going to be a great game, probably a 3-2 game in my opinion. I like the Flames here but it is tough to go against Tampa at home. I am going unpopular again and going Flames. Except a big one from Rittich.

New Jersey Devils vs St. Louis Blues

The Devils are coming off a win vs the Hurricanes their third win in their last ten games. The Devils are 3-6-1 in their last ten, 7-17-3 on the road. These two have yet to meet this season and know relatively nothing about each other. Which could be beneficial for the Devils. The Blues though are looking to extend their six-game win streak to seven games and Jordan Binnington looks to continue his tremendous play and build off his first star of the week honor. Binnington is 9-1-1 on the year with a 1.72 GAA, he is 5-0-0 in his last five starts allowing just seven goals in those 5 games. The Devils go with Keith Kinkaid who is having a mediocre season due to the circumstances he has faced. In his last five he is 2-3-0 allowing 18 goals in that span. The Blues are 7-2-1 in their last ten games and 10-2-1 in their last 13 games. The Blues have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 10 of the last 13 games. The Blues have everything going for them right now and with the playoff talk back in business and the wild card spot in place right now for St. Louis I cannot see them dropping this game to the Devils at home. Going Blues for sure.

Recap of picks: 

  • Blackhawks
  • Islanders
  • Columbus
  • Flames
  • Blues

 

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Colorado Avalanche vs New York Islanders: 

The Islanders are coming into this game favorites of course winning 7 of their last ten gams, earning a point in 9 of those 10 games and playing the five-game losing streak Avalanche, 2-7-1 and 12-12-4 record on the road. The Islanders should have no problem with this game. I do make it seem like the Islanders are going to walk into the Barclays having already won but I do believe they take this game tonight. Robin Lehner is the expected started who did earn January player of the month honors and is playing unbelievably right now. As the Avalanche have Semyon Varlamov in net who has not found his rhythm since coming back from injury. All in all the Islanders have a record of 14-3-2 in their last 19 games and have made history this season earning 32 points in 23-game span the first time since their cup run in 1981-82. The Avalanche on the other hand have lost 15 of their last 18 games and have allowed four or more goals in the past 13 of these games. The numbers are clear as day, as it may not be the home stadium Islander players would like but they are still on home ice and playing in front of a hungry Islanders crowd. I see the Islanders taking this one with ease.

Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues: 

This is one of the better match ups tonight, the Blues started the first 30 games or so on the wrong end of things and were deemed one of the most disappointing teams this season. Well in recent weeks the have completely 360 their and are now in the first wild card spot. Coming off a shutout win vs Tampa Bay the Blues recent success has been backed by rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington who is making his seventh consecutive start today. The Blues are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and Binnington is 8-1-1 with a 1.70 goals against in 10 starts this season. The Predators are on a three-game win streak right now and first match up vs St. Louis all year. The Predators go with Pekka Rinne today who is 5-1-1 in his last six games and 11-4-2 in his last 17 starts. The Blues are looking for their fifth straight win which could be possible on home-ice. We all look at this game as the Predators to be the clear winner but the Blues have been hot lately do not count this team out. I am going with Blues to win.

Dallas Stars vs Arizona Coyotes: 

This is not a game you expected to see on this slate but the Stars are looking to extend their point streak to seven games as the Coyotes are looking to end a five-game skid. The Coyotes are expected to go with Darcy Kuemper who is 11-13-5 on the year with a 2.78 goals against. The Stars are going with Anton Khudobin who started last game making 21 saves in their loss to Nashville. The Coyotes are 0-9-0 since March 24, 2016 vs the Stars and the Stars have already beat the Coyotes two times this season. The Stars need all the points they can get right now as the playoff race ensues. The star power of Dallas will need to continue to propel this team as Tyler Seguin has six points in four games and will look to continue his hot streak tonight. Tonight I am going Dallas.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens: 

Game of the night probably. The Leafs lead the Canadiens by one point in the Atlantic, therefore if the Canadiens win this game they take second place by one point. Both teams come into this game on a three-game win streak the Canadiens though are 7-1-1 in their last ten games as the Leafs are 5-4-1. The Canadiens go with Carey Price who is 23-13-4 this season with a 2.52 goals against and Leafs Frederick Anderson who is 24-11-2 with a 2.56 goals against. The Leafs are 16-6-2 on the road this season as the Canadiens are 17-10-3 at home. The two have played each other one time this season already that resulted in a Leafs overtime win on October 3rd, 2018. This will be match up number two of four. The Leafs and Canadiens play each other one more time before February ends and then play one of the last games of the season vs each other. This will be a offensive filled game, we could see the over hit, and a possible 5-4, 4-3 match up. On home ice and the Canadiens recent streak, the Leafs get them one more time at home this season, Bell Centre will be rocking going Canadiens tonight.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning:

The Lightning are coming off a tough loss to St. Louis as are the Penguins who lost to Carolina 4-0. Both teams got shutout in their recent games which only means we can probably expect a 4-3 style game, power play action and a lot of offense. Very rarely do we see two of the best teams in the NHL score no goals and then go at it next time vs each other to be a 1-0, 2-1 game. The Lightning are two-game losing streak, 5-3-2 in their last ten and 20-5-2 on home ice this season. The Penguins are going through a rough patch right now as they are 3-6-1 in their last ten on a three-game losing streak and 13-9-5 on the road this season. The two have played each other two times already this year and the series is split at one a piece. Both games have resulted in 6+ goals, first game was 4-3 Tampa Bay and second game which came recently was Pittsburgh 4-2. We can expect a similar score tonight. The Lightning are expected to go with Andrei Vasilevskiy as the Penguins are probably going with Casey DeSmith following poor play of Matt Murray and his recent injury. The Penguins need a win here bad to get out of this funk. This is a tough one and I believe Penguins take a big one on the road.

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks:

The Flames are one of if not the best team in the NHL. They have been consistent all year and have seemed to take that Pacific division under control, although with the Sharks behind them by two points and playing the Oilers the Flames need these two points. The Flames are 7-2-1 in their last ten games have a 17-10-0 record in the road as the Canucks have dropped their last three and are 4-3-3 in their last ten with a 12-10-3 record at home. These two have played each other already three times this season and Vancouver has taken two of the three which means the Flames are not goin to lose the season series and will win this one (in my eyes). The previous three games resulted in a 5-2 Canucks win, 7-4 Flames win and 3-2 Canucks OT win. This probably means we can anticipate a 4-2 style game. The Flames are going with David Rittich in net who is 20-4-4 on the year with a 2.54 goals against as the Canucks go with Jacob Markstrom who is 20-15-6 on the year with a 2.81 goals against. Like I said I doubt the Flames drop two straight to the Canucks and essentially lose seasons series here tonight. Even on the road I am expecting a Flames win.

Recap of picks: 

  • Islanders
  • Blues
  • Stars
  • Penguins
  • Canadiens
  • Flames

 

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Colorado Avalanche vs Ottawa Senators

Things are getting a little better for Colorado at the moment, a big win vs Toronto was much needed for this team. A sure confidence boost, the Avalanche had success vs Toronto because their depth forwards had six points, Carl Soderberg had two goals, Matt Calvert had one, depth goes a long way. The Avalanche now head to Ottawa who are not playing well in their recent games (2-7-1) but also 11-9-4 at home. The Avalanche are 12-11-3 on the road and 2-6-2 in their last ten. They out match the Senators in most if not all areas of the game, goals, goals against, penalty kill, power play. The Avalanche are definitely favorited here and I’d expect a win out of them with how close the race in the Western Conference is right now. Every two points count. Colorado is -1.5 and -185 where Ottawa is +1.5 and +150, I’d go Colorado money line, puck spread too difficult to tell.

Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames

Things are not getting easier for Buffalo at this point, they have been on a complete drought since their 10-game win streak. The Sabres are at the moment out of a wild card spot and slowly throwing their playoff hopes out the window. The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last ten on a three-game skid, 9-11-3 going up against a Calgary team who is on a five-game win streak, 8-1-1 in their last ten and 15-4-4 at home. I would be completely shocked if Buffalo win, if Buffalo wins this will also probably be the last picks article I write. I am going the house on Calgary tonight. Calgary is -1.5 and -240, Buffalo is +200 and +1.5. Calgary with David Rittich (not confirmed but likely) in net makes me feel better as well.

San Jose Sharks vs Arizona Coyotes

The Sharks have been rolling lately, defeating the Penguins 5-2 Tuesday night and on a seven-game win streak, 9-1-0 in their last ten but 11-9-3 on the road. Where as Arizona is 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a loss and 8-12-2 at home. The Coyotes are no where near the Sharks skill level but they are also no easy match. They always give teams difficult games, while I like the Sharks here they are coming into this game on a back to back. From San Jose to Arizona is not crazy but it’s a back to back and teams do not perform well in these situations. I am still going San Jose but maybe not the puck spread, just San Jose straight up. Sharks are -155 and Coyotes are +135. Aaron Dell is in net for San Jose and Darcy Kuemper for Arizona (not confirmed).

Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Bruins are coming into this game off an overtime loss to Montreal at the TD Garden, they need to get back in the win column as things are not easy in that Eastern Conference. The Flyers got a big game from James Van Reimsydk and Nolan Patrick vs Minnesota for their 7-4 win, don’t expect that again. The Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 10-9-4 on the road, where Philly is 2-7-1 in their last ten and 9-10-3 at home. The Bruins are my choice for tonight, one the road sure but the Flyers fans have given up on the team this year so it is not really much of a “home team advantage”. Bruins will handle the Flyers accordingly, I also could see them covering the puck spread. My risk of the night would be Bruins to cover -1.5 puck spread. They are -165 while Flyers are +135. Bruins all the way.

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks

These teams are separated by zero points, the Oilers have one less game played but they both have 47 points. The Canucks with an even 21-21-5, Edmonton 22-21-3 very close in records and very close for a wild card spot. The Oilers are 4-6-0 in their last ten coming off a big win vs Buffalo the other night. Where Vancouver is 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a big win vs Florida. The Canucks had two and a half days rest coming into todays game and the Oilers had a day and a half. The Oilers are 10-11-2 on the road vs Vancouver’s 10-9-2 home record. This game means a lot for both teams, as much as the Canucks did not anticipate on being here they still are going to do whatever they can to win. The Oilers are my team for tonight. They are also favored +1.5 goals to start both teams are -110 though. I am going Oilers and riding Mikko Koskinen in net.

Also note I have been on a losing streak myself with picks but feel pretty confident in every game tonight besides Colorado vs Ottawa. Minor set back to a big come back. 5-0 tonight let’s go.

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Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs

There is probably very little chance the Avalanche win this game. They have dropped 7 of their last 10, on a three-game losing streak and the Leafs are getting Frederick Anderson back in net. The Leafs are also coming off a loss to the Bruins therefore on home ice I’d be shocked to see the Leafs lose. The Leafs are 13-9-1 on home ice and 6-4-0 in their last ten. The Avalanche have Philip Grubauer in net who has a 3.29 goals against, which means with the way things are going in Colorado this game could get out of hand fast. The Avalanche are +1.5 and +160 the Leafs are -1.5 and -190, I’d be confident enough to say Leafs to cover 1.5 spread.

Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers

This could not be a worse game to bet on, both teams are so unpredictable right now but the Flyers are playing terrible. At home even the Flyers are still 8-10-3, also note that the Flyers have lost 7 of their last 10 and have been on a slippery slope since late November. The Wild who struggled greatly in recent games have found a way to win some games, they are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 11-11-0 on the road. The Flyers are going with Carter Hart, while he may be the only goalie the Flyers have to possibly steal a game, I don’t see the Wild winning this game. The Flyers are +1.5 and +100 while Minnesota is -1.5 and -120, the over/under is also six goals but both teams average around 2.7 goals per game. So either go under or Wild -120.

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins

Probably best game of the night, the Bruins and Canadiens always put on a great display. The Canadiens have been a major shock to many as they are three points behind the Bruins a win tonight would be big for Montreal. The Canadiens are a decent road team, 12-8-3 this season and also 6-4-0 in their last ten coming off a win vs Colorado. The Bruins are 16-6-0 at home and 7-3-0 in their last ten. The Bruins are coming off a win vs the Maple Leafs. Both teams score around 2.8 goals per game and while the Bruins allow 2.58 and Montreal allows 3.02 goals against this will still be a great, low-scoring game. The Canadiens are +1.5 and +170 while the Bruins are -1.5 and -205. I really could not be less confident in this pick but I really do like the Canadiens tonight.

Chicago Blackhawks vs New Jersey Devils

The Blackhawks and Devils are really not doing too well right now but the Blackhawks are on a three-game losing streak, while the Devils are coming off a win. The Blackhawks are 8-12-3 on the road and 4-3-3 in their last ten. While the Devils are 12-5-4 at home and 5-5-0 in their last ten games. The Devils really only play at home it seems like and the Blackhawks are not going to be an easy opponent just due to the Devils lack of fortunate play lately. The Blackhawks are +1.5 and +135 and the Devils are -1.5 and -155 therefore this game is favored to the Devils. For the sole reason the Devils are home I’d go New Jersey -155.

St. Louis Blues vs Washington Capitals

The Blues have actually won games recently that surprising and most of it is due to their goaltending rookie Jordan Binnington. The Blues are going back to Jake Allen it seems like tonight therefore all signs point to Washington. Either way I was saying Washington. The Capitals are 13-6-3 on the road and 6-2-2 in their last ten games. While the Blues are 8-7-2 at home and 6-4-0 in their last ten. The Capitals have Pheonix Copley going tonight but the Capitals back up has picked up four wins, a 1.93 goals against and .938 save percentage in his last month of play. The Blues are +1.5 and +160 while Capitals are -1.5 and -185, I like the Capitals to cover, going -1.5 Caps.

Buffalo Sabres vs Edmonton Oilers

The Sabres have slowly fallen out of the Atlantic division and seem like there only hope is the wild card at this point. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games on a two-game skid and 9-10-3 on the road. The Oilers have only the wild card to fight for right now they sit two points out of a spot and these two points could be big time for the Oilers. The Oilers are 11-10-1 at home, 3-7-0 in their last ten. The Oilers are -1.5 and -120, the Sabres are +1.5 and +100, I’d say if possible, go Sabres +1.5 but I think the Oilers win this game.