NHL Picks February 13th 2019

NHL PICKS: Connor McDavid vs Sidney Crosby, Bob Murray First Game As A Head Coach

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.


McDavid or Crosby? Who is better? Comparing two NHL superstars

Since Connor McDavid came to the NHL, it seems like many experts are saying that he is the best player out there, but don‘t forget about Sidney Crosby, who is also considered as the best player in the NHL. Well, only one of them can be the best, of course.

So who is the best? Or at least who is better? If we take a look at their first years, that is something incomparable, because meanwhile Crosby scored 39 goals, McDavid, limited to play just 45 games because of an injury, managed to score “only” 16 goals. But Crosby played fewer games in his first NHL campaign – 53.

Prominent stars set to dominate NHL for years

But the very next season McDavid scored 41 goals. This number was never achieved by Crosby in his first three years in the NHL. In his first three seasons, Crosby scored more points than McDavid, he beat him in this category 294 to 256 points.


  • 1st season comparison : McDavid averaged 1,07 point per game, Crosby 1,26 point per game.
  • 2nd season comparison: McDavid averaged 1,22 point per game, Crosby 1,52 point per game.
  • 3rd season comparison: McDavid averaged 1,32 point per game, Crosby 1,36 point per game.

In their respective first three years in the NHL, both McDavid and Crosby participated twice in the NHL All Star game. Both players won one Hart Trophy, McDavid won two Ted Lindsay Trophies compared to Crosby‘s one. McDavid won two Art Ross Trophies for the most productive player, Crosby “just” one.

Can any of them challenge Wayne Gretzky one day?

Well Sidney Crosby is exactly 10 years older than Connor McDavid. Crosby won three Stanley Cups in total and also won the MVP honor in those playoffs. Crosby has achieved more collective trophies, two olympic gold medals, World Championship title and World Cup title. So far McDavid has won “just” one gold medal from World Championships.

Based on these numbers and stats and maybe more importantly, based on your own eye-test, please feel free to decide for yourself who is the better out of those two. If you cannot make a decision, please feel free to join our club, you are welcome!

NHL Headlines 10/25

Crosby-McDavid: In the battle for best player in the world only one point came from the both of them. A game that was previewed as an offensive style of play, both goaltenders stepped up big time. Matt Murray made a ridiculous paddle save, while Talbot silenced the Pens offense with every opportunity. Ian Cole believe it or not, scored the first goal of the game assisted by Riley Sheahan and Ryan Reeves. McDavid answered later in the 3rd off of a deflected shot that beat Matt Murray over the shoulder. In Overtime, a back and forth affair, Malkin centered the puck to Phil Kessel and that is where this match ended. A strong game by 2 strong teams. This was a fun battle without a doubt.

Ari-Oh No: The Coyotes, I had high hopes for you this season. And still winless although playing pretty well. The Islanders won this one 5-3 on the back of their captain, John Tavares’ hat trick. Another back and forth game the Yotes lost again. I still feel like they will finish around the 20-25 range in the NHL, but this is not the way to start that youth movement.

Vegas is Running the Tables: With a team that has not played too strong so far this year, 2 AHL goaltenders, and your number 1 or 2 Center, and possibly the 2nd best defenseman in the minors (Shipachyov and Theodore), this team really is lucking our with their season. With a 4-2 win over Chicago last night, the Golden Knights go to 7-1-0 on the year and are actually fun to watch. Enjoy it now Vegas, because a wall will be hit, and it will be a nosedive from then on out. But I do enjoy their early success in the league and have a great fan base including Bryce Harper in the crowd. Maybe this team can get past the 2nd round unlike Harper’s Nationals and the rest of Washington’s sport teams.

NHL Tonight


Arizona Coyotes(0-7-1) vs New York Islanders(4-3-1)

Now, this is a perfect example of why not to jump on the bandwagon for a young team. Before the season started the Coyotes were getting such high praise and remarks about their offseason and how they are going to be contenders. Well, they have played just eight games this season but I’m pretty sure those eight games are a clear indication as to how they will be for the next 74 games. This one is quite easy in my opinion, a young team struggling right now against an Islanders team with a lot to prove, will not fare well for Arizona. Islanders, 4-1.  

Anaheim Ducks(3-3-1) vs Philadelphia Flyers(5-3-0)

The Ducks wings are clipped right now, they are hurting real(large emphasis) bad. Cam Fowler just hit the injured reserve(IR), Patrick Eaves was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome(a disease where one’s immune system attacks the nervous system), Sami Vatanen still unlikely to return, but Hampus Lindholm is expected to make his debut tonight. The Ducks are hurting and feeling the effects starting off with a 3-3-1 record, where the Flyers have seen major success in their top six and Shayne Gostisbehere as well as some unlikely goaltending in Brian Elliott. The Flyers at home are a difficult team to beat especially versus a team that is riddled with injuries. Flyers, 3-2.

Edmonton Oilers(2-5-2) vs Pittsburgh Penguins(5-3-1)

The Oilers have looked terrible out of the gate and have not seen the depth production they were hoping for along with some poor defensive and goaltending. Very unlikely of the Oilers but luckily they get one of their top guns back in the lineup tonight, Leon Drastali. Drastali went down early in the year with an eye/head injury but is expected to return to the lineup tonight. While the Penguins have not been all that consistent and just dropped to the Lightning, 7-1. The Penguins need to get some confidence and consistency going, with a fragile blue line and unsure Matt Murray right now, the Oilers speed will look to take advantage of the two. But the storyline heading into tonight’s game is a test of the best, Sidney Crosby vs Connor McDavid two best players in the world going at it. Who will help their team to a victory tonight? Oilers need a win bad and it comes tonight, Oilers 4-3.

Tampa Bay Lightning(7-1-1) vs Carolina Hurricanes(3-2-1)

Lightning. Need I really say more? Steven Stamkos was named first star of the NHL this week, has 18 points over nine games, Nikita Kucherov was the second star this week, and of the top leaders in the NHL, these two are up there for goals, assists, and points. The Hurricanes 10,000 fans do not worry me for the Lightning’s sake. This could be a well-fought game and relatively tight but at the end of 60-minutes, the Lightning is going to win.

Detroit Red Wings(4-4-1) vs Buffalo Sabres(2-5-2)

Battle of the basement, well the two basement teams to be, come December. Buffalo made a ton of offseason acquisitions, a new coach and still have not been able to string together a 60-minute or even 30-minute game. The Sabres must come out from the start and just fire pucks on the net, they struggle to hold leads and scoring early could be the way to dig themselves out of deficits. They have the ability to score goals just holding onto the lead is their worry. While the Red Wings continue to see production from their top guys, which is a good sign. Luckily age is not a factor for Henrik Zetterberg as he leads the offense with 9 points and once superstar defenseman Mike Green looks to be starting off on the right foot this season with 11 points. Tonight, I think the Sabres can put together a somewhat decent effort to beat the Red Wings. Sabres, 3-2.

Florida Panthers(3-4-0) vs Montreal Canadiens(1-6-1)

Will the Canadiens capture a win again in October, probably not and it won’t come tonight that is for sure. The only bright spot for the Canadiens and or hope is that back up goaltender James Reimer is net so if they can manage to throw 50 pucks on net like they did vs Anaheim maybe they will get some bounces. But the Panthers have a magnitude of offensive weapons and definitely outmatch the Canadiens up and down the lineup. Vincent Trocheck, 2 goals tonight, random guess I wanted to throw out there. Big Trocheck fan. Panthers, 4-2.