Ottawa Senators (64 pts) @ New Jersey Devils (58 pts)
Brendan: I believe the Devils will begin their push for their first playoff appearance since 2012 with a victory against the Senators on Thursday. Devils win 4-1.
Tyler: The Senators dominate the Metro Division, and the Devils barely defeated the lowly Avs. Senators win 4-2.
New York Rangers (75 pts) @ New York Islanders (60 pts)
Brendan: These two clubs have split their first two games against one another with the home team taking each of those first two contests. I believe the script remains the same with the home team coming away victorious tonight. Islanders win 4-3.
Tyler: Rangers have won six straight, and are one of the best teams on the road in the NHL. Rangers win 3-1.
Winnipeg Jets (56 pts) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (77 pts)
Brendan: It is tough to bet against the Penguins this year, as they are averaging a league-high 3.5 goals per game. Since Nov. 26, the Penguins are 16-1-1 at home, and tonight won’t be the night their recent roll is slowed. Penguins win 3-1.
Tyler: The Penguins have struggled against the Central Division this year, going 4-4-1 so far, however the Penguins are the leagues best team at home. Penguins win 5-2.
Colorado Avalanche (32 pts) @ Buffalo Sabres (58 pts)
Brendan: The Sabres have the No. 2 ranked power play in the league, and Evander Kane has been on fire lately. However, he may not play in Thursday night’s contest after missing Tuesday’s game with an illness. If he’s in the lineup, the Sabres will come away with the win. Sabres win 3-2.
Tyler: Buffalo at home on NBCSN against the Avalanche, in what should be a high scoring game for the Sabres. Sabres win 5-2.
Vancouver Canucks (56 pts) @ St. Louis Blues (65 pts)
Brendan: The Canucks are 8-18-3 on the road this season, and I don’t see their fortunes turning around against a resurgent Blues squad. Blues win 3-1.
Tyler: The Blues are on the home part of a back-to-back, and the Canucks record on the road is awful. Blues win 3-2.
Dallas Stars (54 pts) @ Minnesota Wild (80 pts)
Brendan: Minnesota is the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference right now, and are just four points behind the Washington Capitals for the President’s Cup. I see the Wild cutting the Capitals lead in half tonight with a victory on home ice. Wild win 4-2.
Tyler: Both teams are coming off losses, but the Wild are 2-1 so far against the Stars this season. Wild win 5-3.
Philadelphia Flyers (61 pts) @ Edmonton Oilers (68 pts)
Brendan: Similar to the Canucks, the Flyers are a tale of two teams when it comes to playing on the road instead of at home. Philadelphia is a measly 10-14-3 on the road this season, and it won’t get any easier Thursday with a matchup against Connor McDavid and Co. Oilers win 3-2.
Tyler: The Flyers defeated the Oilers at home in a high scoring affair and this game should be similar. Flyers win 4-3.
Arizona Coyotes (45 pts) @ Los Angeles Kings (60 pts)
Brendan: The Kings are currently one point behind the Flames for the No. 2 wild card spot in the Western Conference, so they will need to get the ball rolling soon in order to return to the playoffs for the second straight season. A matchup with the Coyotes is the perfect recipe to start a run. Kings win 4-1.
Tyler: The Kings are coming off of their “bye week” which has been a death to most teams in their first game back. Coyotes win 4-1.
- Aaron: 6-3 (.667)
- Matt: 25-13-2 (.625)
- Richard: 10-6 (.625)
- Tyler: 32-16-6 (.593)
- Brendan: 45-29-12 (.523)
- Madalyn: 22-18-5 (.489)