NHL four-fold: Tasty Tuesday tips for your ice hockey accumulator
With impressive scoring depth and a three-game winning streak, the Oilers head our best midweek bets...
Edmonton Oilers to beat Tampa Bay Lightning –
The Oilers are getting hot again, scoring 14 goals during their three-game winning streak.
Impressively, they have had 10 different scorers during that run. Should that continue, they will be very difficult to stop.
That’s because they have two centers who are absolute offensive powerhouses.
Superstar Connor McDavid leads the league in points and has produced four during the winning streak. Leon Draisaitl has done the same in the second line, and he has an impressive 0.88 points-per-game ratio.
Tampa Bay won’t be an easy opponent. The Bolts have won three of their last five and conceded only nine goals in the process.
But eventually Edmonton should be able to break the Tampa Bay’s defence with all the depth they have in their offence.
Winnipeg Jets to beat Toronto Maple Leafs –
This is a matchup between two teams that are very similar. Both possess a lot of firepower, but suffer from a leaky defence.
The Maple Leafs are ranked sixth in goals for per game with 3.10, while the Jets are also in the top 10 with 2.87.
Both teams also have four players who have racked up over 45 points this season.
So this game will most likely be decided by defence and goaltending – two areas in which the Jets have the advantage.
Winnipeg have conceded just nine goals in their last four games and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has an impressive save percentage of 93.3 over that period.
Toronto, meanwhile, allowed 12 goals in their last four.
The Leafs’ No. 1 goalie Fredrik Andersen has started 47 of 58 games this season and faced the second most shots in the whole league, so fatigue could be an issue.
And if the Leafs don’t get a good performance from their goalie in this game, the scoreline might get ugly.
Minnesota Wild to beat Chicago Blackhawks –
This should be exciting. The Western Conference’s best teams go head-to-head in a game that could be preview a possible late playoff matchup.
Both of these teams have performed really well in February. The Wild have a record of 7-2-1, while the Hawks are 6-1-0.
They will each head into this game with confidence and momentum, and – as is typical for meeting of great teams – this game will be decided by slim margins.
In this case, the Wild looks the better bet for those little differences.
Their shooting percentage on 5v5 play is 9.8 per cent, exceeding Chicago’s 8.2 per cent, and Minnesota are also superior in special-team situations.
Their power-play efficiency is 21.9 per cent, while the Blackhawks’ have a percentage of 19.0, and on the penalty kill the Wild trump their opponents too with percentages of 82.9 and 77.1 respectively.
This game will most likely be decided by just a one goal difference. And the Wild look more likely to be on the winning side.
Nashville Predators to beat Calgary Flames –
This is another meeting of evenly-matched teams, with the Predators and Flames currently holding the wild card spots in the Western Conference.
Nashville should do fine in this one even though they have been dodgy lately.
They have a record of 12-8-2 from this calendar year, which is not particularly impressive, but if you look more in to those numbers, you will find something interesting.
During that period, Nashville’s record against Eastern Conference teams is 4-5-2, but against fellow Western Conference teams they are 8-3-0, and they won the only meeting between these teams this season.
Statistically, Nashville isn’t much stronger than Calgary, although they trump their upcoming opponent in SAT percentage, PDO and shots for per game average.
Factor in their home-ice advantage, and it is easy to see the Predators getting the win here.