Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames
The Maple Leafs host the Flames for their second meeting this season, looking to avenge their 4-2 loss in the earlier encounter this season. This game will also be the second straight game at home for the Maple Leafs. It will also be the second consecutive away game for Calgary Flames.
The Maple Leafs returned to winning ways in their recent game by beating New Jersey Devils 7-4 at home. The win ended a 3-game losing streak. They are third in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference on 56 points with a win-loss-overtime loss record of 25-16-6. They will be looking to grab a second consecutive win with a home record of 12 wins, five losses, and six overtime losses suggesting it could be possible.
Calgary Flames’ recent resurgence was cut short in their last game as they lost 2-0 at Montreal Canadiens. The loss ended a 5-game winning streak. They are now second and sixth in the Pacific Division and Western Conference respectively with 55 points and a 25-18-5 win-loss-overtime loss record. They also have a 12-11-2 away record, which makes them difficult opponents on the road. This game is a crucial one they cannot afford to lose.
Prediction: Maple Leafs VS. Flames- 5-2
Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Bruins host the Penguins in the first of consecutive games between these two teams. This game also sees both sides face off for the second time this season with the Bruins winning 6-4 in their earlier clash.
The Bruins, however, are on a 2-game winless run after losing 3-0 at Columbus Blue Jackets in their recent game. This poor run of results leaves them on top of the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference with 66 points and a W-L-OTL record of 27-9-12. Despite their recent struggles, the Bruins are still a decent team at home with a 15-2-9 home record. Only a win can get them back on the right track.
In contrast, the Penguins are currently in great form with four consecutive wins heading into this game. Their recent success came against Minnesota Wild 7-3 at home. The win was also their second win over Wild this season. The latest result extends their W-L-OTL record to 29-12-5 and sees them occupy second and third in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference respectively, with 63 points. They also have a decent 12-7-2 record on the road this season. A fifth straight win looks inevitable, looking at their recent form.
Prediction: Bruins VS. Penguins- 4-6 OT
Florida Panthers vs. Los Angeles Kings
The Panthers entertain the Kings at home for the first time this season, with both sides looking to land the first blow in this game. The game will also be the fourth consecutive home game for the Panthers.
The Panthers recorded a second consecutive win after claiming an 8-4 win over Toronto Maple Leafs in their recent match. The successive wins lift them to fourth and tenth in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference respectively with 53 points and a W-L-OTL record of 24-16-5. They will also be feeling confident of winning, considering their decent 15-8-2 home record.
The Kings, on the other hand, are struggling at the moment and head into this game on the back of a 4-3 shootout loss at Tampa Bay Lightning in their recent match. The defeat was their second consecutive loss, which sees them slip to 7th in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference respectively with 41 points and a W-L-OTL record of 18-25-5. Their 7-15-4 away record also means they head into this game as second-best and, as such, could motivate them to claim a shocking win in this game.
Prediction: Panthers VS. Kings- 6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes
The Blue Jackets host the Hurricanes for their second meeting this season after claiming a 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes in their earlier encounter.
The Blue Jackets beat the Bruins 3-0 in their recent game to record a second consecutive win. The win was also their fourth victory in their last five games. They are currently 5th in the Metropolitan Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference with 53 points and a W-L-OTL record of 23-16-8. They also have a decent 13-9-2 home record, which makes them an inconsistent team at home. They will have to play well in this game to claim a victory.
The Hurricanes lost 2-0 at Washington Capitals in their recent game. The defeat ended a 3-game winning run and also condemned them to their second loss in 3 games against the Capitals this season. The Hurricanes are now fourth and sixth in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference respectively, with 56 points and a 27-17-2 W-L-OTL record. They are also a good team on the road with a 12-9-2 away record.
Prediction: Blue Jackets VS. Hurricanes- 4-0
New York Islanders VS. New York Rangers
It is a New York derby as the Islanders host the Rangers for the second time this season in a mouth-watering encounter. The Rangers won the first game 6-2.
The Islanders won 8-2 against the Red Wings in their recent game to end a 2-game winless run. They are currently third and fourth in the Metropolitan Division, respectively, with 60 points and a 28-13-4 W-L-OTL record. They are a good team at home with a 15-5-3 home record.
The Rangers’ recent game was their 6-2 win over Islanders, which secured a return to winning ways. The win was also their third victory in their last four games. They are now 7th in the Metropolitan Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference with 48 points and a 22-19-4 W-L-OTL record. They also have a decent 9-11-2 away record, making them a tricky side on the road.
Prediction: Islanders VS. Rangers- 4-2