We went 12/15 in an epic day of NHL yesterday! Our experts are confident in another profitable day today, and have spent the day researching 5 games from the bunch to bring you our very best NHL picks.
Arizona Coyotes @ Minnesota Wild – 2.00 PM EDT
The Coyotes terrible run continued on Monday, losing to the Avalanche 4-2 to give them their 4th consecutive defeat. It was the 8th game of the Coyotes’ 9 match road trip, which started quite well with 3 wins from 4 games, but has now slipped off with losses to the Kings, Knights, and the Avalanche.
They would have been kicking themselves after their most recent game with the Avalanche, outshooting them almost 2 to 1 for the game, but only managing to find the back of the net twice thanks to goals from Michael Bunting and Johan Larsson.
Can’t complete the comeback. pic.twitter.com/uBISbllBUh
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 13, 2021
Rookie goalie, Ivan Prosvetov, started in net in place of Adin Hill, and had a night to forget, allowing 3 goals from just 19 shots.
The Wild experienced a turbulent week, after getting off to the best possible start by beating the Stanley Cup favourites 8-3 on Wednesday, one would think they would be at their best for a 2 game series against the Blues.
However, they went on to receive their worst defeat of the season, losing 9-1 in the first game, with Kaapo Kahkonen playing the worst game of his short, and generally solid career.
They came out better in the second game, restricting the Blues to just 2 goals in regulation time, eventually sending the game to overtime where the Blues would bag the decisive goal.
After that disappointing trip to St. Louis, the Wild will be eager to head back to Minnesota to host the Coyotes, who they have beaten in 4 of 5 games this season.
Calgary Flames @ Montreal Canadiens – 7.00 PM EDT
The Flames will be tested today as they go back to back against a well rested Canadiens’ outfit, however, they will be feeling motivated off the back of an impressive win against the Maple Leafs yesterday.
After coming back from their one week break, the Flames have now picked up 2 wins in a row, first shutting the Oilers out 5-0 before beating the Maple Leafs.
They came out firing yesterday, scoring a goal in the first 5 minutes thanks to Juuso Valimaki, and when the Leafs pulled one back, Elias Lindholm was there to score on the powerplay to restore the lead.
The Leafs once again came back to send the game to overtime, but it took the Flames less than a minute before Johnny Gaudreau popped up with the winner, his second point of the game.
The Canadiens are also coming into this game having played, and beaten, the Maple Leafs last time out. The two played on Monday night, and having lost 4 of 5 games between the sides, nobody gave the Canadiens much of a chance against the inform Maple Leafs.
Both sides were almost identical statistically for the game, but the Canadiens took their chances and came out on top. Thomas Tatar was the hero of the game, opening the scoring 1 minute into the game, and sealing the deal with another goal in the final minutes.
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators – 7.00 PM EDT
The Jets and the Senators will run it back today for their second match of their 2 game series in Ottawa, and after the Senators upset them in the first, the Jets will be out for blood.
Heading into Mondays’ game, the two sides couldn’t have been running any differently, the Jets had won 3 games on the trot, including a clean sweep over the Canadiens and a home win over the Senators.
The Senators had lost 4 consecutive games, and were 1-5 head to head against the Jets, however, they played well, rallying from 2-0 down 10 minutes into the game to win 4-2.
Driving the intensity! 📈 pic.twitter.com/sPQbrK1d7a
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 13, 2021
Thomas Chabot and Josh Norris both had a hand in 2 of the Senators goals, but Brady Tkachuk was the main man, scoring both the opening goal of the game, and the reassurance goal late in the final term.
Whilst every win is still very important to the Senators, their playoff chances are done, the Jets on the other hand are in 2nd place 8 points clear, but with a tough run of fixtures ahead of them.
Colorado Avalanche @ St Louis Blues 7.30 PM EDT
The Avs bounced back from their embarrassing loss to the Wild last week by going on another win streak, beating the Ducks over 2 games in Anaheim before returning to Colorado on Monday to beat the Coyotes for the 6th time this season.
Mondays’ game was mostly unsurprising, with Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, and Nathan MacKinnon all picking up 2 points on their way to victory.
What was surprising was the fact the Avs only made 20 shots to the Coyotes 37, luckily they were far more clinical, and Phillipp Grubauer was there to make 35 saves in his first game since the disastrous Wild match.
The Blues have finally found their feet again since losing a season high 7 straight games, they are now going for their 4th consecutive win having just beaten the Knights and Wild on their home turf.
There have been many different heroes amongst the Blues over their 3 win streak, Ryan O’Reilly was flying against the Wild on Friday, scoring a hat trick and providing an assist.
O’Reilly scored again in the most recent game, but Vince Dunn stole the show this time, assisting in all 3 of the Blues’ goals in their 3-2 overtime win.
Jordan Binnington put on one of the performances of the year in net for the Blues against the Golden Knights, making 50 saves from 51 attempts to deny the Vegas side, Binnington went on to make 24/25 saves in the next game also.
Vegas Golden Knights @ Los Angeles Kings – 10.00 PM EDT
The Kings and the Knights are also set to go again today following their match on Monday which finished 4-2 the way over the Knights. After beating the Coyotes over 2 games in Vegas, Mondays’ win was the third straight for the Knights, and they now lead the head to head record with the Kings 5-2.
The win didn’t come without a sweat for the Knights, who dominated statistically, but found themselves down 2-0 halfway through the second period.
As we have seen many times this campaign though, the Knights flicked the switch late, finding their rhythm and scoring the next 4 goals unanswered.
Mark Stone was the best on, putting on a true captains’ performance, scoring a shorthanded goal to level the score in the second before assisting in the final goal, setting up Max Pacioretty on a powerplay.
back-to-back games, back-to-back wins 👍 pic.twitter.com/FD59pkiA2M
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 13, 2021
Pacioretty leads the Knights for goals this season with his 20, while Stone has picked up the most total points with 44, the 12th highest in the comp.
Anze Kopitar leads the Kings for points with 43, 1 less than Mark Stone, and he picked up another during their defeat on Monday.
Cal Petersen gave it a fair crack in between the sticks for the Kings, he faced a barrage of shots from the Knights offense, but could only deny them for so long, finishing the night with 37/41.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.