Minnesota Wild are in a great shape, they are in a serie of 6 wins in a row against all kind of opponents. They feel no scare of anyone and this is the main reason of all those wins. This winning run is followed by 4 consecutive wins in a row and this is a great statistic.
Ottawa Senators are terrible right now, they had a tough game last night against Winnipeg Jets. Now just a day later they are heading straight in Minnesota for another game. Minnesota Wild must take this game because they are fighting for the playoff places.
Despite the winning run, Minnesota Wild are the better team. Of course, you can see this by the odds. Ottawa Senators has no chances for us to play in the playoffs while Minnesota are with all chances and they just need to make some more wins to secure their place.
Because it is in the end of the regular season, we believe that Minnesota Wild will put all their powers in each home game of the regular season. We think that in a game like this it will be just an easy task for them to make the win. We are seeing a win with 2-3 goals difference as the classes are very different and the motivation for the game is crucial here.
Winnipeg Jets are accepting at home the team of Ottawa Senators. The game is not that important for any of the teams as they are almost with no real chances to qualify for the playoff rounds in the National Hockey League.
By this time Winnipeg Jets are 12th in the Western Conference and they are many points behind the last team which is in the playoffs right now - Minnesota Wild. Their opponents are also 12th but in the Eastern Conference, where they have a little bit bigger chances but they are in a tough battle with Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins.
Of course, there are many teams in the battle, but it is not serious to say that all chances of both teams are just on paper. For us they will not qualify and they will not have the powers and quality to win each game till the end of the regular season.
In a game like that usually we are always going for the home teams. The statistic is also saying that Winnipeg Jets at home are stable and solid team, while Ottawa Senators are one of the weakest away teams in the NHL. We believe that here we will see routine win for Winnipeg Jets.
After the not so successful serie of New Jersey Devils, they are now playing against Boston Bruins at home. It is high time they make the win. They are in a bad serie and in the last two our picks we tried to catch them and we could not but this time, we will try one more time.
Boston Bruins are in bad shape. They won against Toronto Maple Leafs two days ago but they were in a very bad streak of 5-6 losses in a row. Now they broke that serie but they are guests on New Jersey Devils and it will be really hard for them to take something from the game. Actually, we are surprised that the bookmakers are giving the Bruins favourites here. This is not serious. New Jersey Devils are the team in bad positioning and they will do the impossible to win the game so they can keep some chances to play in the playoffs.
New Jersey did two great games last week against Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jacket but then something happened to the team and they started losing. Now we believe that the serie will stop against Boston Bruins. The team from Boston is nothing more than them and they must win here routinely. The head to head games are not on our side, but it is time to see a win for the Devils.
After 3 losses in a row, San Jose Sharks are accepting Los Angeles Kings at home. The Sharks must take the win in all cases because they are trying to get a playoff place. Currently they are on the 7th place of the Western Conference and this place is giving them this right, but they are chasing by Minnesota, Colorado and Arizona, so they need to take the win here and secure their place.
Los Angeles Kings, already qualified for the playoffs and now it is just a matter of which place they will take. A day ago they played at home against Edmonton Oilers and showed good game winning against them with 6-4. This was not the best game for Los Angeles Kings but at least they took the win.
San Jose Sharks did a lot of home games recently. They were performing good at home but recently they are underachieving. In the past 3 home games they have 3 losses and this is terrible statistic for them. We believe that it is high time for them to achieve the victory, even if this is including overtime.
New Jersey are making great year so far. They started the season not so good, but in the past weeks, they started playing great hockey and now they have all the chances to do it into the playoffs of the NHL. The teams which have to be passed are Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins and both teams are strongly underachieving right now.
Now against New Jersey there is one tough team. They are guests on Carolina Hurricanes and it will be a derby game, because both teams are on the same positions in the Eastern Conference. We think that here we will not see many goals, as both teams will be playing defensively and will be very careful.
New Jersey in the last round lost by the favourites of winning the title here Washington Capitals as they lost by 1-0 after OT. It was a terrible defeat and New Jersey did not deserve to lose the game. Also 2 rounds ago they won against Pittsburgh Penguins away from home. We can say that at the moment New Jersey are playing awesome hockey and they are the better team here. If they are playing like they did in the past two games they will definitely take the win. Moreover, Carolina Hurricanes had a terrible game last night against New York Islanders, which they have lost by OT as well.
Toronto Maple Leafs are starting a great streak of wins. They are doing great ending season so far and if they were playing like that in the first 30-40 games of the season they could be somewhere in the playoff places. But now they are on the last places of the division and the conference they are playing. Now they are going to play against another good team, which is hoping for playoffs - Boston Bruins.
The good thing here is that Boston Bruins are in a serie of 5 losses in a row. This is terrible stats and now it seems that they are going to make another one, because against Toronto Maple Leafs it will be really hard for them to make something more. Maple Leafs are home recently are just more than great. In their last game they won against Anaheim Ducks, a team which is very strong at the moment. We believe that Toronto Maple Leafs, should be even favourites here.
Actually, these two teams played once this year and it was in the end of February when Toronto Maple Leafs were playing away against Boston Bruins and won with 3-4 including overtime. Interesting is that in 2 days ago when Maple Leafs played against Ducks, Boston Bruins had a game against Florida Panthers and many people said that they are going to take it but they lost at home with 4-1. This is a terrible result from an opponent which is not that better. We think that this game will be close but Toronto Maple Leafs will steal the win, maybe with no more than 1 goal.
New Jersey Devils are making a good season so far. They are on the 10th place of the Eastern Conference and they have all chances to qualify for the NHL playoffs. While the team from Washington Capitals already qualified for the playoffs in the same conference.
The fact that Washington Capitals qualified here means that they are going to play for nothing. They will try to remain on the top of the conference, where they are now currently. Definitely, New Jersey Devils will be more motivated of winning but Washington Capitals are unpredictable team and they are capable of making the sensations. Anyway, we do not believe that in this game away from home, they are going to win this game. Moreover, in the last game New Jersey Devils, completely demolished Pittsburgh Penguins away.
In a game like that, each goal will be important. We are expecting a close game with no that many goals. Maybe no more than 3-4 goals. We are going to see a constant attacks from Washington Capitals, but New Jersey Devils are very dangerous on counter-attacks and this can cause their opponents lots of troubles. In a game and scenario like that the win should go for the Devils.
After the amazing win two days ago against Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs are going to play another game at home, this time against the strong team of Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are one of the serious teams this year, actually like each year. They are currently in the places giving the right for playing in the playoffs but the problem is that they are in a bad shape since the beginning of the month. They are mixing the good games with the bad games and this can cause them a problem at the end of the regular season.
Toronto Maple Leafs on their side are last in the conference and the division they are playing. This is bad for them because they are showing a great games recently, but the bad start of the season will cost them a place among the best teams in the NHL. At home, the team is playing amazing. They have so many wins at home and if it was not the loss from Florida Panthers in the last week, they could be in a serie of 5+ games without loss at home.
Head to head games are strongly in favour of Toronto Maple Leafs. This is another factor which is supporting our pick. The last game which both teams played was in January this year and it finished with 4-0 win for Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim.
After the surprising big lost by Nashville Predators last night, tonight the team of Los Angeles Kings will go out to play against another tough team at home - Minnesota Wild.
Of course, it is not a tragedy that Los Angeles Kings lost yesterday, because they have already qualified for the NHL play offs. But no one expected that they will lose with 3 goals difference. This was shocking for them and we believe that at the moment team is not in a perfect mood for playing another game in less than 24 hours later.
Minnesota Wild are a solid team. They have all chances to reach the playoff places and play there but it will be really a hard task. Firstly, they need to take a win here against Los Angeles Kings. This will not be that hard in this moment. Los Angeles Kings are definitely the better team, but their shape right now is not that good and their moral after the last night loss is low.
We believe that Minnesota Wild will take advantage of this and will use it to win in this game. In the past games, Minnesota showed that they can play well at home and this gives us even more confidence, supporting our pick. Furthermore, just a 3 months earlier, in January, Minnesota Wild won with 3-0 away from home against this opponent, so they definitely know how to beat them.