We went 4/5 on our Easter NHL picks, and with 7 more cracking games scheduled for today our expert’s are keen to run it back with some more winning picks. We’ve picked out the 5 games from the bunch which we believe are the best money makers!
Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets – 7.00 PM EDT
The Senators picked up a huge win against the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday, the 6-3 victory came as quite a surprise after the Canadiens beat them convincingly just days earlier.
Kept to just 1 goal in the previous fixture, the Senators came out swinging on Saturday, scoring a goal within the first minute from a powerplay position.
The game went back and forth, the final term started with the Senators leading 4-3, they went on to pull away thanks to goals from Alex Formenton and Drake Batherson.
With the win the Senators claim bragging rights over the Canadiens for the season, currently winning 4 of their 8 games played, they now head to Winnipeg to face the Jets, who they have not fared as well against this season, losing the series 4-1.
“They pose a lot of problems for a lot of teams but we’ve got to just play our game, play hard and play a good road game.”#Sens head coach D.J. Smith looks ahead to Monday’s clash with Winnipeg.#GoSensGo | @Molson_Canadian pic.twitter.com/QrD1FtUdh2
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 4, 2021
The Jets are coming into this one with a point to prove after going down in back to back games against the Maple Leafs on their home turf in Winnipeg.
After losing the first 3-1, the Jets fared better in the second game, conceding just 1 goal in regulation time to send the game to overtime, followed by a subsequent shootout when no goal was scored.
Connor Hellebuyck had another great game in net for the Jets, making 37 saves from 38 attempts to keep his side in the game.
The Jets have been incredibly solid in overtime situations this season, winning 6 of 7 games in O.T, they have not fared as well in shootouts though, losing both shootouts they have been in.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins – 7.00 PM EDT
The Flyers lost their second straight away game on Saturday with their shootout defeat to the New York Islanders. They had to fight to get to the overtime, outshooting the Islanders for the game but failing to score for the first 2 terms, entering the final term down 2-0.
Claude Giroux stepped up in the 3rd for the Flyers though, the experienced skipper bagged 2 goals in the space of 4 minutes to level the score, both goals were assisted by Jakub Voracek and Travis Konecny.
Unable to secure the win in overtime, where the Flyers have been historically solid this season, the game went to a shootout which the Islanders won by scoring the lone goal.
Carter Hart went big in the shootout by saving the first 3 Islanders’ attempts, unfortunately the rest of the team let him down, failing to convert from any of their 4 shots.
The Bruins are headed into this one with some momentum in them after they beat the Penguins in a 12 goal thriller on Saturday, it was the second match of a 2 game series. The result came as quite a surprise given the Penguins disposed of the Bruins comfortably 4-1 in the 1st leg.
The game started off fairly quietly with just the 1 goal scored in the first term, but 11 seconds into the 2nd term the Bruins had scored their 1st goal, they went on to score 4 more in the period, their highest scoring period of the season.
David Pastrnak contributed 2goals and a further assist, but Brad Marchand stole the show with his hat trick and assist, the two lead the Bruins for points this season with 30 and 41 respectively.
Vegas Golden Knights @ St Louis Blues – 8.00 PM EDT
The Golden Knights lost to the Wild again on Saturday, it was the third straight defeat for the Knights, all of which were at their home ground.
They had previously only lost 3 home games all season before this losing streak began, and the defeat marks the first time they have lost 3 in a row all year.
The Wild and Knights were very similar statistically over both games, and they looked good to win the most recent, holding a 1 goal lead for the majority of the game before conceding 2 quick goals within a minute, losing 2-1.
*Obi-Wan Kenobi voice*
This was not the result we were looking for
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 4, 2021
The Knights now head to St. Louis to face the Blues for a chance to regain some confidence following their bad results, and against a struggling Blues side, it could be a perfect opportunity to do that.
The Blues suffered a 6th straight defeat on Saturday, losing over 2 games to the Avalanche in Colorado. Their 6 consecutive losses is the longest streak in the league by 3 games, and has seen the Blues slip all the way down to 5th place on the table, tied on points with the 6th place Coyotes.
They have seemingly lost the offensive threat that made them so good just last month, over the last 6 games they have scored just 7 goals, and they now go up against one of the division’s stronger defensive sides.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Calgary Flames – 9.30 PM EDT
The Maple Leafs and the Flames go again in Calgary today following their clash yesterday which finished 4-2 the way of the Maple Leafs.
It was the 3rd straight win for the Toronto based team, all of which have been played away from home, a win today would cap off a flawless road trip.
With a record of 6-3-1 over the last 10 games, the Leafs are running the hottest of any team in the competitive North Division, the Flames are doing the exact opposite, with their record of 2-8-0 the worst in both the division, and the entire league.
Of their last 3 losses, the Flames have outshot their opponents but have lacked discipline on defense and given up easy goals.
The two teams have now played each other on 7 occasions this season, the Maple Leafs lead the head to head by 5 wins to the Flames’ 2.
Today’s match will test out the depths and fitness levels of either squad as they prepare to go back to back, the Leafs have played in 4 of these situations so far this season and have won 2/4.
The Flames have seriously struggled when playing with a quick turnaround, winning just 1 of 6 games played in the circumstances, including a loss to the Maple Leafs last month.
Arizona Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings – 10.00 PM EDT
The Coyotes are heading into this one on a roll having just swept the Ducks across 2 games in Anaheim, winning the most recent game yesterday.
The win did not come quite as easy as the previous outing, with the Coyotes having to come back from a 1 goal deficit on 2 occasions in order to force the overtime at 2-2.
Jakob Chychrun was the hero in overtime, scoring 2 minutes into the additional time, it was fitting that he did so considering he also scored both of the Coyotes goals in regulation time.
It was the first career hat trick, and 3 point haul for Chychrun, he has 12 goals and 13 assists so far in what has been an incredibly successful season for the defender.
He was feeling it tonight. 🔥
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 5, 2021
While the Coyotes swept the Ducks, the Kings were swept at the hands of the Sharks, registering consecutive home defeats to the San Jose side.
They lost the most recent game on Saturday in a back and forth match which the Kings will feel they should have gotten more out of.
After being shut out by the Sharks in the first leg the Kings came out swinging in the second, making 37 shots to the Sharks 23, but they couldn’t convert their chances and had no reply for a Sharks goal in the final term.
With one of the weakest records over the last 10 games in the West Division, the Kings will be desperate for a win here against a Coyotes side who they have had the better of this season, and that are playing with just a night’s rest.
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