There is less than two weeks of regular season games to play in this already epic year of NHL! With only 2 games on the agenda today we have had plenty of time to research each match in depth. Have a read below for all our NHL picks.
Dallas Stars @ Chicago Blackhawks – 7.00 PM EDT
The Stars are coming into this game hot off a big roadtrip victory over the Lightning on Friday, the 5-2 win coming just 2 days after they were defeated 6-2 by the Florida side.
Having lost the previous 5 games straight we didn’t give the Stars much hope for the second game, however, they came out much stronger on Friday, taking 31 shots and scoring goals in each period of the game.
Roope Hintz scored a goal and assisted 2 more for the Stars, but it was Joe Pavelski’s 2 goal, 2 assist contribution which stole the show, bringing him to his 50th point of the campaign.
With their postseason dreams officially over, the Stars travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks for their final 2 games of the season.
Just hope all teams have fun (except Nashville)
We’ll be back 😎
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 9, 2021
Similarly to the Stars, the Blackhawks also snapped out of their losing ways last game, their 2-1 overtime defeat against the Hurricanes put an end to their 6 consecutive loss streak.
After convincingly losing the previous 2 games to the Canes it looked like the Blackhawks would be going down in 3 straight, however, an elite performance in net Collin Delia kept them in the game long enough for Riley Stillman to send the match to overtime in the third before Alex DeBrincat scored the game winner 2 minutes into the extra time.
Their bad run of form came at a terrible time, ruling them out of contention to make the playoffs this campaign, with 4 wins from 6 games against the Stars this season, the Blackhawks will just be looking to end on a high with some good performances.
Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames – 8.00 PM EDT
The Senators continued to fly yesterday as they beat the Winnipeg Jets away from home to claim their 3rd straight win. The Ottawa side are in uncharacteristically brilliant form, with their 8-1-1 record from the last 10 games the best in the entire league.
Unfortunately, with just 2 games remaining for the season this renaissance of form has been left a little bit too late, however, they have still earnt a move up to 5th place in the North, quite impressive considering they spent pretty much the entire season at the bottom.
As they have commonly done lately, the Senators attempted less shots than the Jets yesterday, but were far more clinical with their chances than their opponent, although Tim Stutzle was mostly to thank as the rookie scored 3 of the Senators’ 4 goals for his first NHL hat trick.
The Flames notched their second straight defeat with their 4-0 shutout to the Jets on Wednesday, just the second time the Calgary side have been kept goalless all season.
“Play with pride and play for each other.”
Milan Lucic and Matthew Tkachuk on the team’s mindset as they prepare for Sunday’s match-up against Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/XqwrJvGSve
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 6, 2021
With their playoff chances as close to over as they can be without actually being over, the Flames play this single game against the Senators today before playing their final 4 games against the Canucks.
The Flames and the Senators have already played 8 games this season in what has been a one sided match up, with the Senators claiming 6 wins, however, this time around the Senators will be playing with a 1 day turnaround against a well rested Flames’ side.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.