Last Record: 3-2
Record for the week: 15-7
First off I would like to say sorry for my two day hiatus. My picks should go accordingly with no issue.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals
What is probably the hottest rivalry in the NHL today, the Caps/Pens match-up always has some fireworks. But the issue here with this game is health. Gino Malkin is most likely out for this game and this is a problem for the Pens considering they have scored 14 goals in their last 7 games. Plus on top of that, Jose Theodore has been white hot since January, going 16-0-2 with a 2.40 GAA and .927 spct in that span.
Look for Washington to win a rough game in this one.
Washington over Pittsburgh
Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres
Both teams have been hot as of late, with Montreal coming of a seven game winning streak and Buffalo winning it's last three. Plus not to mention, Montreal has two of their powerplay specialists, Michael Cammaleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron, coming back from injury. The only issue here is Carey Price is starting, who has played very little in the past two months.
Look for Buffalo to win a high scoring game.
Buffalo over Montreal
St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings
What is probably the biggest game of the season for the Blues. A win will put them within six points of the Red Wings while a loss will all but kiss their playoff hopes goodbye, putting them 10 points behind with 9 games left. One thing that is certain is that both teams are coming in hot, with Detroit and St. Louis holding winning records in their last ten games. The real question here is, which team is hotter?
Look for St. Louis to win this one, making the playoff race a little more fun to watch in the West.
St. Louis over Detroit
Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Vancouver Canucks
What a fall from grace after Anaheim almost made the Western Conference finals last year. They are currently sitting 9 points out of a playoff spot and are looking like they aren't going to make the playoffs this season. Vancouver on the other hand, have hit a bit of a road block, going 1-2-1 in their last four and their goalie and captain looking a little shaky in net. This game will come down to one thing, and that is who will want it more.
Look for Anaheim to take advantage of a shaky Vancouver team
Anaheim over Vancouver
Upset of the Night!!!
New York Islanders at New York Rangers
The battle of New York seems to be a tame one as of right now, with the Isles all but out of a playoff position and the Rangers barely being able to stay pace with Boston. The sad thing about this match up is that both teams hold a losing record, both overall and with home/away records. The Isles are 10-20-7 on the road while the Rangers are 15-17-6 at home. But after Henrik Lundqvist made a comment saying "It's been an effort the past few weeks trying to stay positive."
Look for the Isles to pull off the upset here in a low scoring game.
Islanders over Rangers
Alright fans, those are my picks for tonight's games and come back tomorrow for more predictions from the Chicken Man himself.