Tuesday will be the first of three 10-plus game nights this week across the NHL, as there will be 11 contests tonight, 11 on Thursday and 13 on Saturday.
Let’s get to the action and see what the experts picked for Tuesday night:
San Jose Sharks (69 pts) @ Buffalo Sabres (52 pts):
Brendan: Sharks bounce back from their overtime loss to the Coyotes with a sound road victory. Sharks win 5-2.
Tyler: Buffalo is tied for third from the bottom in points so the Sharks should have no problem defeating them. Sharks win 3-1.
Anaheim Ducks (66 pts) @ New York Rangers (67 pts):
Brendan: The Ducks stay going nose-to-nose with the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers with a huge road win against Lundqvist and the Rangers. Ducks win 3-2.
Tyler: Even though this looks close based on points, the Rangers are the better team. Rangers win 4-2.
Calgary Flames (57 pts) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (71 pts):
Brendan: Pittsburgh stays on their hot roll as of late and adds another tally to their win column. Penguins win 3-2.
Tyler: Pittsburgh is the No. 1 scoring team in the league and on a mini winning streak, that should continue. Penguins win 4-1.
Carolina Hurricanes (55 pts) @ Washington Capitals (78 pts):
Brendan: Carolina has been playing some inspired hockey lately, behind the likes of Sebastian Aho, who was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week last week. They carry that momentum into the nation’s capital and come away with an upset victory. Hurricanes win 4-2.
Tyler: Washington easily dispatched the Kings and should do the same with Carolina. Capitals win 3-0.
Dallas Stars (52 pts) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (58 pts):
Brendan: Even though Toronto is on the latter half of their back-to-back, I still think the young guns on the Maple Leafs will come away victorious against the slumping Dallas Stars. Maple Leafs win 4-3.
Tyler: Dallas has been in a funk the last 10 games, but with Toronto playing back-to-back nights, I give the Stars a shot. Stars win 2-1.
St. Louis Blues (57 pts) @ Ottawa Senators (60 pts):
Brendan: The Ottawa Senators are one of the more underrated teams in the NHL, but they will look to jump out to a good start in the first game of their four-game home stand. Senators win 2-1.
Tyler: There may be some ups-and-downs for St. Louis under Mike Yeo, but tonight’s game should be an up. Blues win 3-2.
Columbus Blue Jackets (71 pts) @ Detroit Red Wings (53 pts):
Brendan: Detroit’s playoff chances are dwindling, and Tuesday’s matchup against Columbus could be a pivotal matchup, as a victory could propel them to yet another playoff appearance. Unfortunately, I see the Blue Jackets coming away victorious in this one. Blue Jackets win 3-2.
Tyler: Columbus has been a surprise team this season but their offense and defense shouldn’t surprise anyone in this game. Blue Jackets win 3-0.
Los Angeles Kings (52 pts) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (58 pts):
Brendan: This game will be played on national television on NBCSN. I see the Lightning showing up big time offensively, as they beat up on the Kings. Lightning 5-1.
Tyler: Kings got their behinds handed to them against Washington, and are a very streaky team. However, Tampa is the opposite of Washington. Kings win 2-1.
Vancouver Canucks (52 pts) @ Nashville Predators (58 pts):
Brendan: Vancouver is a tale of two cities when you look at their road-and-home splits. They are an outstanding 17-8-3 on home ice, but a dismal 6-15-3 on the road. This game will take place in Nashville, thus forcing my hand and going all-in on the Predators to come away victorious. Predators win 2-0.
Tyler: Vancouver’s slide continues, and it is getting closer to the time for them to think about the future. Predators win 3-1.
Minnesota Wild (73 pts) @ Winnipeg Jets (54 pts):
Brendan: Although Winnipeg has played some inspired hockey as of late, their skill just does not matchup with the skill that Minnesota possesses. The Wild are Stanley Cup contenders and they have proved that they can go on the road and come away with victories, as they are 17-6-5 on the road this season. I see that W column improving to 18 tonight. Wild win 4-1.
Tyler: Minnesota is the second best team in the league, and Winnipeg is an average home team. Wild win 3-2.
Montreal Canadiens (68 pts) @ Colorado Avalanche (30 pts):
Brendan: Although seeing the Avalanche notch their first winning streak since a pair of victories in mid-November would be nice, I don’t see the Canadiens faltering against the league’s worst team. Canadiens win 3-1.
Tyler: Does this really need a reason why Montreal will win? Canadiens 6-1.
- Richard: 10-4 (.714)
- Tyler 11-5 (.688)
- Aaron: 4-2 (.667)
- Matt: 15-8-1 (.625)
- Brendan: 20-10-5 (.571)
- Madalyn: 9-9-1 (.450)