Detroit Red Wings (54 pts) @ Washington Capitals (80 pts):
Brendan: Capitals win 4-3.
Matt: Because of the dynamic sets of forwards that each team boasts, I think this could be a fun one (even though the Red Wings are having a poor season and the Caps are in first place). The Caps don’t give up a lot of goals — especially with Braden Holtby in the net, so I do think they’ll have the upper-hand here. Captials win 4-2.
Tyler: Washington is the best defense in the league and on a roll winning their last 4 games. Capitals win 5-1.
Madalyn: Slowing down the NHL’s best team is hard, but doing so on the road is nearly impossible. The Detroit Red Wings travel to the the Washington Capitals, who have won 10 straight games at home. This is a banged-up Red Wings team, and facing the best team with Alex Ovechkin leading them, is going to be tough. Detroit will need a whole team, 60-minute effort in order to stay in the game. Hard odds to overcome in this case. Capitals win 5-2.
Matt: Columbus has been a juggernaut this season, boasting excellent special teams, effective offense, elite defense and all-star caliber goaltending. Vancouver… hasn’t. The Canucks are on a four-game losing skid, and I expect that to increase to five games tonight. Blue Jackets win 4-2.
Tyler: Vancouver is terrible on the road and Columbus is the third best team in the league right now. Blue Jackets win 4-1.
Madalyn: Playoff positioning on the line tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Vancouver Canucks will put it all out there. Since their 16 game winning streak, the Blue Jackets have gone 7-8-1. The Canucks have struggled out of their own building, so this game will be tough. Blue Jackets win 4-2.
St. Louis Blues (59 pts) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (60 pts):
Brendan: Maple Leafs win 4-2.
Matt: The Blues are 3-1-0 since firing Ken Hitchcock, and both they and the Maple Leafs have way-above-average special teams percentages. The Blues played a back-to-back before getting a quick day off yesterday, but they’re right back to work tonight north of the border. I think St. Louis could catch the young leafs napping tonight and upset them at their place. Blues win 4-1.
Tyler: These two meet exactly a week ago and Toronto lost 5-1, but St. Louis was the home team. Maple Leafs win 3-2.
Dallas Stars (52 pts) @ Ottawa Senators (60 pts):
Brendan: Stars win 3-1.
Matt: First and foremost, the Senators are a much better team than the Stars this season, and they have home ice in this one. Secondly, the Stars’ Jason Spezza just went on IR, and they’ve also had to travel since their last game — the Senators haven’t. Senators win 2-1.
Tyler: Ottawa hasn’t scored in a week (ok it’s been 2 games) and have lost 4 out of their last 5 game. Stars win 5-4.
Los Angeles Kings (58 pts) @ Florida Panthers (56 pts):
Brendan: Panthers win 4-2.
Matt: This is just the third game for the Panthers since the All-Star break, but its the sixth for LA. Running with more rest, home ice advantage and a three-game win streak, I think Florida gets the best of the Kings, despite LA owning a better record. Panthers win 5-2.
Tyler: I don’t know what to make of the Kings they win 5 straight and then get blown out 5-0 the next two games. with no goal scoring help in sight maybe they get blown out again. Panthers win 4-1.
Pittsburgh Penguins (72 pts) @ Colorado Avalanche (32 pts):
Brendan: Penguins win 3-1.
Matt: It’d be pretty easy for me to pick Pittsburgh here, since Colorado has been terrible this season and the Pens are the defending champs. But it should be noted that Pittsburgh is without Carl Hagelin, Evgeni Malkin and Conor Sheary, and they’re coming off of a home loss to Calgary two nights ago. Still — the Pens have the most goals in the league this year, and the Avs have the fewest. Penguins win 3-0.
Tyler: Colorado has scored 9 goals in their last two games… they didn’t score that much in six games before that combined. They beat Pittsburg way back in the second game of the season but this result should be different. Penguins win 5-1.
Madalyn: The defending Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins, head to Colorado to face the recently successful Avalanche. Colorado is one their first two game win streak in the past three plus months, but still sit 30th in the NHL. The Penguins and Avalanche will be part of history if Sidney Crosby gets two points in tonight’s game, giving him 1,000 points for his career. Pittsburgh has been streaky lately, and after a tough OT loss against the Flames they will have to work to get a win. Penguins win 5-3.
Montreal Canadiens (68 pts) @ Arizona Coyotes (40 pts):
Brendan: Coyotes win 3-2.
Matt: Arizona has won four of its last six and improved its special teams, and some of its younger players may be turning a corner. Montreal is clearly the better team, so I think they’ll get the win here, but it might be closer than you think. Canadiens win 4-3.
Tyler: Montreal was just embarrassed by Colorado and have lost 4 straight and is barely above .500 on the road. Coyotes win 3-2.
Madalyn: Though the Montreal Canadiens currently lead the Atlantic Division, they are struggling losing four-game losing streak including a 4-0 loss to the last place Colorado Avalanche. As they travel to Glendale to face the improving Arizona Coyotes, they will be desperate. For the Canadiens their power play hasn’t scored in five games and their penalty kill has allowed a goal in six of the last seven games. The Coyotes have won four of their last six games, are getting healthy with Max Domi returning last week, and their young team is beginning to develop. Arizona hasn’t played since Saturday, while the Canadiens played Tuesday. A well rested home team is dangerous, especially with a good chunk of young talent. Coyotes win 3-1.