Following 13 games on a very eventful day of hockey on Saturday, the NHL returns with just three games on Sunday, February 5 with all three games being matinees, as the Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will dominate viewership on television in the afternoon and evening.
Here are the picks made by myself (@TheBKing4), Richard Duflo (@9Richard19), Matt Layman (@MattJLayman) and Tyler Rubin (@LAsportsTyler):
Los Angeles Kings (58 pts) @ Washington Capitals (76 pts)
Brendan: Capitals win 3-1.
Richard: Los Angeles is on a four-game winning streak, but I don’t think they have what it takes to overcome an Eastern Conference powerhouse in Washington. Capitals win 4-2.
Matt: Both teams are playing the second game of a back-to-back, but the first-place Capitals get home ice in this one. Good offense and goaltending have earned the Caps the best goal differential in the NHL, so I think they’ll get past the Kings in this one. Capitals win 3-1.
Tyler: The Kings battled hard against Philly, and squeaked out a 1-0 victory in OT on Saturday, so the edge in this game is with Washington. Capitals win 3-1.
Edmonton Oilers (64 pts) @ Montreal Canadiens (67 pts)
Brendan: Canadiens win 3-2.
Richard: The Oilers are young, and a team on the rise. I think they pull off the upset against the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens. Oilers win 4-3.
Matt: The Habs are in first place, but the Oilers have done pretty well this season with the youngest captain in NHL history and above-average special teams. Because the Canadiens are playing the second of a back-to-back, I think the Oilers will redeem themselves and snap their three-game skid. Oilers win 4-3.
Tyler: Both teams are currently on losing streaks, but Edmonton having yesterday off, while the Canadiens played, will help. Oilers win 3-2.
Calgary Flames (57 pts) @ New York Rangers (65 pts)
Brendan: Rangers win 5-3.
Richard: No upset here, as I think New York takes care of Calgary as they continue to fight for position in the Metro Division. Rangers win 3-1.
Matt: The Rangers have scored the second-most goals in the league this year, have home ice and take way fewer penalties, on average, than the Flames. Discipline is going to help them in this one, not to mention they’re the better team. Rangers win 4-1.
Tyler: The Rangers are the better team on paper, and even though Calgary is hot lately it won’t be enough to take home the W. Rangers win 4-2.
- Aaron: 4-2 (.667)
- Richard: 7-4 (.636)
- Tyler: 8-5 (.615)
- Brendan: 17-12 (.586)
- Matt: 12-12 (.500)
- Madalyn: 8-8 (.500)