Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues:
This one should not be too hard for people to decide between. Blues are going to need all the momentum they can get moving into the playoffs. They are coming off a convincing win vs the Oilers Tuesday night and the Red Wings are coming off a win vs the Rangers. Blues are 18-15-2 at home this season and 4-4-2 in their last ten games. They should easily handle the Red Wings with no issues. The over/under is 5.5 and Blues are -360, therefore heavily favorites to win this game. I’d go with the Blues to cover a two-goal spread as well. They are getting Patrick Maroon back on the board, David Perron is back, Jaden Schwartz is red hot. I can see a 5-goal game from St. Louis here.
Winnipeg Jets vs Golden Knights
This is going to be a great game. These two have played two times already this season. The Jets have won both games, one in Winnipeg and one in Vegas. The only downside for Winnipeg is that Connor Hellebyuck will not be in net (probable) as he played Wednesday night and the Jets are on a back to back and the Golden Knights have Marc Andre-Fleury their ace in net. The Jets 7-3-0 in their last ten on a four-game win streak but, Vegas is 9-1-0 in their last ten and on a three-game win streak. The Golden Knights are going to use their quick pace, high tempo hockey to their advantage and probably try to push the game speed on the Jets as the Jets are on back to back going from Anaheim to Vegas in 24 hours. I like Vegas tonight. Probably the under too.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators
The Penguins do not seem like the same team as they have been in the past but they are still a team you do not take lightly. They have lost three-straight now and have scored four goals in those three games. They have Phil Kessel who has been quiet, Jared McCann who has been quiet lately and Evgeni Malkin not producing a lot either. The Predators are on a three-game win streak and coming off a big home win shutout vs the Leafs. As much as the Predators may regarded as the favorite here, I like the Penguins. For some reason something tells me the Penguins come into this game a little over looked by Nashville, they jump out hot and control the tempo and Predators play catch up all game. I see a big game from Malkin and Matt Murray tonight. Going Penguins on the road.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Edmonton Oilers
The Blue Jackets are playing with fire right now. With only 9 games remaining they are barely in a playoff spot, leading Montreal by one point (who play at home tonight) and Flyers by six points. The Blue Jackets need to win this game. And if they do not win here tonight, I could see the Canadiens sneaking in the last wild card spot. The Blue Jackets are 4-5-1 in their last ten and have dropped two straight games. As the Oilers are 6-4-0 in their last ten and on a two game skid as well. The Blue Jackets have a huge advantage here tonight and need to win this game to at least give them some confidence moving forward. I except the Blue Jackets to come out flying and win 4-1.
Arizona Coyotes vs Florida Panthers
The Coyotes are in the same boat as the Blue Jackets. They have dropped two straight and have a one point lead on Minnesota for the last wild card spot. The Coyotes do not get an easy opponent either as the Panthers are a tough team and a very strong offensive tam that loves to shoot the puck from everywhere. We will have to see a great defensive game from Arizona and Darcy Kuemper. The Coyotes manage to get on the Panthers early I think wee an Arizona win but if the game is tight and or tied until the third I like the Panthers. Florida is 18-12-6 at home and 4-4-2 in their last ten as the Coyotes are 18-16-2 on the road and 6-3-1 in their last ten. I like the Coyotes tonight though.