Our experts smashed it out of the park yesterday, going 12/15 NHL picks with 3 big parlays in the mix! Today is looking just as promising, with 7 games on the agenda, we have handpicked the 5 games which we believe will be the most exciting and profitable!
Detroit Red Wings @ Florida Panthers – 7.00 PM EDT
The Red Wings went big against the Blue Jackets with a clean sweep in Detroit over 2 back to back games, winning the first 3-1 on Saturday, and the second 4-1 on Sunday.
After some average performances against the Predators prior to the weekend, the wins were well needed, and gave the Red Wings consecutive wins for just the third time this season.
The points were shared amongst the team over the two games, with 7 different goal scores, and the captain, Dylan Larkin, the only player to score 2 points in a single game.
They now have a chance to win 3 in a row for the first time all season, but it’s not likely to come easily as they go up against the Panthers, who they are 2-4 with this year.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 29, 2021
The Panthers also head into this game following a clean sweep of their own, they played the Stars over 2 games in Dallas, winning the first 4-3, and the second 4-1.
Just like the Red Wings, the wins came at a good time for the Panthers, who had lost 4 of their previous 5 and had slipped down the table.
After Carter Verhaeghe’s 4 goal haul in the first game, Jonathan Huberdeau must have felt inspired, scoring 2 goals and an assist to guide the Panthers to victory.
The Stars brought it to the Panthers, outshooting them in both games, making 34 shots in each, Sergei Brobovsky made 31 saves, and Chris Dreidger made 33 in the second.
Edmonton Oilers @ Montreal Canadiens -7.00 PM EDT
The Oilers got a tight overtime victory over the Maple Leafs yesterday to prevent the clean sweep, but they will be tested tonight as they face an incredibly well rested Canadiens team.
The two sides have faced each other 3 times this season and so far the Canadiens have had the better of the Oilers, winning 2 of the 3 games.
The Canadiens have not played for over a week due to covid protocols, so they should be more than ready to come out firing against a fatigued Oilers side.
It is a game of incredible importance to the Canadiens, who haven’t performed to the level that their squad commands, and have found themselves sitting around the middle of the table, with the teams below starting to nip on their heels.
The Oilers will have to be at their best after their hard fought victory yesterday, however, if there was ever a team up for the challenge then it would have to be the Oilers.
The Edmonton based team are statistically the strongest team in the league in a back to back situation, winning 6 of 7 games played after a game the day before.
Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers – 7.00 PM EDT
The Capitals and Rangers go again today following their game on Sunday in Washington, this time around the two will do battle in New York where they haven’t played since the start of February.
The Caps got up over the Rangers on Sunday with a thrilling 5-4 victory, it was their 3rd straight win in the comp, and gives them the best record of the last 10 games in the entire league (9-1-0).
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 29, 2021
It looked like the Caps would run away with it after they scored 4 unanswered goals, they were 4-0 up with just 14 minutes left to play, 10 minutes later the score was 5-4, with the Caps narrowly hanging on through a tense final 5 minutes.
T.J Oshie had a hand in 2 of the Capitals first 3 goals, and scored the decisive goal late in the third term to restore their 3 goal cushion.
For a game that finished 5-4, there were very few shots attempted, with the Caps making just 22 to the Rangers 20. It was an inspired final term from the Rangers, making 13 of their 20 shots and scoring all 4 of their goals within the period, but it just came too late to get the job done.
They will look forward to hosting this game though, having only played 5 of the 16 games in March at home, winning 3 of said 5.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Tampa Bay Lightning – 7.00 PM EDT
The Blue Jackets head to Tampa for 2 games against the Lightning, they are coming into this one on the division’s worst losing streak (4) following consecutive defeats to both the Canes, and the Red Wings.
The 2 most recent games against the Red Wings were the first 2 of a 6 game road trip, and after being kept to less than 40 shots and 2 goals over the 2 games, they will hardly be filled with confidence ahead of a series against the division’s strongest team.
In over 30 games this season, the Blue Jackets and Lightning have only met twice, with both teams winning a game each, this will be the first time they have played in Tampa, where the Lightning have won 7 of their last 8 games.
The Lightning are coming off the back of 2 bitterly disappointing road trip matches though, losing 4-3 to both the Stars and Hurricanes, just the third time they’ve lost successive games all season.
Both defeats played out identically, with the Lightning taking the lead 2-0 early only to concede the next 3 goals unanswered. In both games the Lightning levelled the score up in the third before conceding the winning goal with just minutes left to play.
The Lightning let themselves down in shorthanded positions in both games, conceding 3 powerplay goals and giving up 25 penalty minutes over the 2 games. No team in the league gives away more penalties in minutes than the Lightning, 10.4 on average.
Carolina Hurricanes @ Chicago Blackhawks – 7.30 PM EDT
The Canes are coming into this one full of confidence after a strong showing against the Lightning on Saturday, the 4-3 victory was the third win in a row for the Hurricanes.
No team in the Central Division has a better record over the last 10 games than the Canes (7-1-2), the win pulls them within 1 point of the 1st place Lightning.
Martin Necas played an absolute blinder for the Canes on Saturday, the talented rookie had a hand in all 4 goals, assisting 2 and scoring 2, including the winning goal deep in the final term.
It was just the second 4 point haul of the young center’s career, and his 7th point over the last 3 games as he continues to prove himself as one of the most important players on the Canes roster.
There’s no stopping Necas 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Tw6jXSxZly
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) March 29, 2021
The Blackhawks slipped back to their losing ways against the Predators over 2 games at home. The defeats came as a surprise considering the Blackhawks entered the series after clean sweeping the Panthers over 2 games at home just days earlier.
Alas they couldn’t maintain that momentum against the Preds, losing 3-1 followed by a 3-2 defeat on Sunday. It looked like the Blackhawks were going to comeback in the most recent match thanks to a final term brace from Alex De Brincat, but the Preds pulled back in front and would hold the lead out.
Today will be the 4th meeting between the Canes and the Blackhawks, the Canes lead 2 games to 1 so far, with a whopping 25 goals scored across those 3 fixtures.
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