NHL four-fold: Tasty selections for your Friday ice hockey coupon
The Minnesota Wild should extend their winning streak to 12 games, while the Senators take on the injury-riddled Red Wings…
Washington Capitals to beat New Jersey Devils –
The Washington Capitals hasn’t been as dominant as they were last season, but they should crush the New Jersey Devils in this game.
The Devils are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. New Jersey have a terrible record of 1-8-1 from their last ten games.
They have conceded three goals per game - among the worst in the league. And on top of all this, they have averaged the least shots per game in the NHL.
These teams haven’t faced each other yet this season, but last season they played each other four times and the Capitals won them all.
Washington are one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference, even though they have suffered some disappointing losses recently.
They are likely to turn things around here.
Minnesota Wild to beat New York Islanders –
The Minnesota Wild are a great pick for any coupon at the moment.
They are on an amazing 11-game winning streak and their defence is rock solid in every single game.
Minnesota’s defensive stability is evidenced by their league leading goals against per game - 1.94 - and PDO statistics - 1034.
They are second in the Western Conference standings just behind the Chicago Blackhawks. And they will be number one soon if they can keep up the same standards.
They might even be serious Stanley Cup contenders in the playoffs this season.
The Wild, though, do face a team that is finally showing signs of improvement after a horrible start to the season.
The New York Islanders are on a three-game winning streak and they won’t be an easy opponent.
But Minnesota will most likely pick up two points from this game because of their superior defence and Hart Trophy-worthy goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
Ottawa Senators to beat Detroit Red Wings –
Detroit might actually miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1990-91 season if they don’t start winning game consistently soon.
Currently, the Red Wings are 15th in the Eastern Conference standings, trailing the last playoff spot by six points.
Their situation is worsened by suffering several injuries to important players.
They are unlikely to have veteran forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in the line-up against the Senators.
Also they are missing number one goaltender Jimmy Howard, defenseman Mike Green and younger players like Tyler Bertuzzi, Tomas Jurco and Alexei Marchenko.
The Senators are heading into this game with a 4-1-0 record from their last five games.
They have home-ice advantage in this matchup andshould win.
New York Rangers to beat Arizona Coyotes –
This matchup doesn’t look good for Arizona. They have lost five consecutive games - all of which have come at home.
The Coyotes are the second-worst team in the league at the moment. They rank 29th in goals for and against.
Their special teams numbers are also bad - powerplay 14.3%, penalty kill 77.3% - and they average 34.7 shots against per game.
And here, the Coyotes face a team that is an offensive powerhouse.
The New York Rangers have scored 3.27 goals per game this season - the third-highest in the league.
Arizona will be in all sorts of trouble with the Rangers’ high-tempo offence.
After this game the Coyotes will very likely be on a six-game losing streak.