With the playoffs just around the corner, the 2021 NHL regular season is nearing it’s climax. There are only 2 games on today, and we’ve got both of them covered in detail! Have a read below for all our NHL picks.
Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals– 7.00 PM EDT
The Caps got some revenge on the Flyers for their 4-2 defeat on Friday, the two met again the next day and the effects of the back to back game were evident, with neither team finding the back of the net until the final term.
The Flyers struck first with a goal 3 minutes into the period, and it looked as if they would be getting away with another victory at 1-0 up with less than a minute to play, however, up stepped Lars Eller with the equaliser to send the game to overtime.
It took the majority of the added time for the winner to be decided, with a minute to Conor Sheary buried the decisive goal to ensure the Caps start the playoffs on home soil.
With 3 days of rest under their belt, the Caps now welcome the Bruins to Washington for their final game of the season, in a match made all the more interesting as they will be playing them in the first round of the playoffs.
Following their tight, 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders yesterday, the Bruins come into this game in the unfavourable position of playing twice in 2 days.
— x – Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 11, 2021
It was a deserved win for the Bruins, attempting a whopping 38 shots while restricting the struggling Islanders to just 18 shots, despite the one sided performance, the Bruins were only able to find the back of the net twice in regulation time thanks to Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand.
With the game in overtime, it was Hall who stepped up with the game winning goal, his second for the match. Since his arrival earlier this year, Hall’s impact has been immense for the Bruins, from just 16 games he has notched 8 goals and 6 assists, and has proven himself to be a big game player.
Vancouver Canucks @ Winnipeg Jets – 8.00 PM EDT
The Jets and the Canucks run it up again today following their match in Winnipeg yesterday which saw the Jets embarrassed yet again, losing 3-1 on home soil to the bottom place Canucks.
The Canucks postseason dreams are officially over, and with 6 games still left to play, the Vancouver side’s focus will be solely on finishing on a high and trying to secure a 5th place finish.
They took 31 shots to the Jets’ 40 yesterday, and gave away three times as many penalty minutes, luckily Thatcher Demko was up for it in between the sticks, putting on one of his best performances of the season, making 39 saves from 40 Jets’ attempts to ensure the Canucks maintained their lead until the final whistle.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 11, 2021
Prior to their dip in form the Jets had not lost more than 2 consecutive games all season, however, with a record of 1-9-0 over their last 10 games, no side in the entire league is performing worse than the Jets at the minute.
It is hard to pinpoint why this has happened to the once flying Jets, however, it is clear that their lack of offensive threat is a byproduct of their recent failures, with just 17 goals scored over their last 10 games played, they are producing goals at a fraction of their previous output.
Fortunately for the Jets, their place in the playoffs is safe thanks to their strong showing for the majority of the season, but considering their performances of late it is hard to get too excited for their chances in the postseason.
The two sides will not have their fitness levels tested when they go again today, this is a position the Canucks have notoriously struggled with this season, with a record of 1-7 when playing twice in 2 days.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.