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Both facing injuries to important players, the Devils and Sabres should struggle on a busy Tuesday night of ice hockey...
Chicago Blackhawks to beat Florida Panthers –
The Florida Panthers fired their head coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday. It was a surprising decision, considering how well the 53-year-old did with the team last season.
General manager Tom Rowe will replace him as the head coach.
For now it’s difficult to say whether this was a good move or not, but it’s certain that it doesn’t help Panthers’ preparation for their road game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks sit atop the Western Conference standings and will look to exploit any anxiety shown by the Panthers in this game.
Florida will be in trouble in this match-up because of the major coaching change and the fact that they are facing an elite team that is really good on their home ice (8-1-2).
Boston Bruins to beat Philadelphia Flyers –
This is an interesting match-up between two teams that will likely battle for the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference at the ending stages of the regular season.
The Flyers managed to grab a win Sunday against the Flames on their home ice, thanks in part to a successful NHL debut from 22-year old goaltender Anthony Stolarz.
Stolarz, the Flyers’ second round draft pick in the 2012 draft, could be getting his second start of the season Tuesday.
But whether they go with him or Steve Mason, they won’t have the advantage in the goaltending department against the Bruins.
Boston will most likely have Tuukka Rask guarding their goal, and he is clearly the best goalie out of the three.
The Bruins also hold other advantages elsewhere. They are ranked number two in the league for SAT percentage and are a great puck possession team.
On top of that, they are one of the best road teams in NHL with a record of 7-5-0.
The Bruins will win this game, but don’t be surprised if it happens after an overtime or shootout.
Winnipeg Jets to beat New Jersey Devils –
The Jets have finally landed back home after a disastrous five-game road trip that resulted in five losses and no points.
On Sunday they returned to Winnipeg and snapped their losing streak with a win against the Nashville Predators.
And they now host the Devils – a team that is slowly declining in the Eastern Conference standings having won just one of their last five games, conceding 21 goals in the process.
They are still missing star forward Taylor Hall, whose absence has told lately in situations where the Devils would desperately need someone to step up and score game-changing goals.
Now that the Jets have gained back some confidence with an important win in their last game, they should continue their winning ways in front of their home crowd.
Ottawa Senators to beat Buffalo Sabres –
The Senators are unstoppable at the moment.
They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and are riding a four-game win streak, and now face a Sabres team that are just 2-5-3 in their last 10.
Buffalo are in a horrible situation with key players like Jack Eichel, Tyler Ennis and Zach Bogosian out of the line-up because of injuries.
They have scored just nine goals in their last five games, and should find scoring just as difficult on Tuesday night.
The Sens have allowed just two goals against per game in their last 10.
The Sabres' trip to Ottawa won’t end well. The Sens will most likely hammer them in this one.