Last night wasn’t the best of nights on the pucks. I can’t even sit here and tell you that we were unlucky either. We didn’t deserve to win and the games proved to not be the value that I had predicted. However, there is another huge card tonight, and we can bounce back with some very favourable games here tonight. Plenty of goals and plenty of home wins.
Florida Panthers @ Toronto Maple Leafs – (23:05pm)
This game on paper looks heavily one-sided. It is. Toronto have scored an average 3 goals per game and conceded a fairly high 2.88 goals per game, but all this is much better than that of the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have only scored on average 2.36 goals/game, and have conceded a massive 3.52 goals/game. Therefore, as a result, Florida not only have the NHL’s worst offense, but also the leagues worst defense.
The Maple Leafs are heavily favoured in this matchup, against a team who has 10 injuries to their roster. The two are fairly matched on recent form, with the away side having only won two of their last 10 games, whilst the Leafs have only won two of their last nine. However, the two sides have met once before this season, in mid-Feb, where the Panthers were shut out 3 goals to nil.
Winnipeg Jets @ Carolina Hurricanes – (23:05pm)
The Jets travel to Carolina tonight, after winning at home against Tampa yesterday. The Hurricanes have lost their last five games, and have only won once in their last five home games. However, they haven’t played since the 21st March, so whether that has allowed them to re-energised their roster, or they are going to be even rustier than they were previous to their poor run.
The two met earlier on in the season late on in February, which resulted in Winnipeg winning 4-3. The Jets have been awesome since then, and currently occupy third place in the Eastern Conference – probably the highest they can achieve this season. They will want to hang on to third seed, whilst the Hurricanes are hoping for a late push to the playoffs, if they can turn their current form around.
Edmonton Oilers @ St Louis Blues – (00:05am)
The Blues have had a mixed, inconsistent run of form of late. The Blues have only lost four of their last 10 games, but they have lost two of their last three. The two have met twice this season, which the Blues have won both by 2+ goals. The most recent meeting came just two nights ago in Edmonton, where the Blues ran out 3-0 winners.
The Blues are currently seventh in the Western Conference, and they’ll not only want to climb higher in the rankings to gain a valuable seeding, but to also make sure they cement their place with a playoff spot. The Oilers have become the team everyone expects of them recently, they’ve lost four of their last five, and three straight. As well as this, they are third bottom in the same conference, and they look like their season is dead and buried, yet again.
Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks – (00:35am)
The Western Conference leaders have now lost two games straight, and have only won in three of their last seven outings. This is surprising considering the mid-season run that the Blackhawks embarked on. The Blackhawks have a very good record, especially against the Flames. The home side haven’t lost to Calgary at home since 2008. The two sides met at the beginning of February, and the Blackhawks won that game 3-2, in Calgary.
The Flames are one of the worst road teams in the league, and have lost nine straight whilst on their travels. Seven of these losses have been by two goals or more. The Blackhawks have lost their last two at home, but a meeting with Calgary is almost the perfect opportunity for them to get their home form back into place. They did however put four past LA last night, although they lost that 5-4 at home.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Vancouver Canucks – (02:05am)
The Canucks head back home tonight for the first time after they beat the St Louis Blues there just under a week ago. Since then, they have won three games in a row, all on the road. Vancouver have livened up at the perfect time, and now sit fourth in the Eastern Conference. The two sides are level this season in the series 1-1, with the first game to be held in Vancouver tonight.
The Blue Jackets are the second worst road team in the Eastern Conference and have only won three games on their travels all season. The Canucks have won 11 of their last 13 meetings, and have won the last five that have been held in Vancouver. With the Canucks on the rise, and in great form, expect them to see off a very poor road team.
Toronto Maple Leafs ML @ 1.70 – Matchbook.
Florida Panthers/Toronto Maple Leafs under 5.5 goals @ 1.87 – Matchbook.
Winnipeg Jets ML @ 2.18 – Matchbook.
St Louis Blues 3-way ML @ 1.80 – Betfair.
Chicago Blackhawks 3-way ML @ 1.84 – Betfair.
Chicago Blackhawks -1.5 @ 2.60 – Matchbook.
Vancouver Canucks 3-way ML @ 1.87 – Bet365.
Home goals vs. Away goals; Home goals -4.5 @ 2.00 – Bet365.