NHL four-fold: Top Tuesday choices to boost your bank balance
The Caps are poised to continue their winning streak on Tuesday night, while the Wild should remain unbeaten at home...
Washington Capitals to beat Winnipeg Jets -
The Washington Capitals finish their road trip on Tuesday night against the Jets in Winnipeg.
The Capitals started the Western Canada tour with a loss to the Edmonton Oilers, but bounced back with consecutive wins against the Canucks and the Flames.
Head coach Barry Trotz juggled the line-up after the loss to the Oilers, which proved to be a great decision.
Their puck possession stats are hugely impressive – with a shot attempts percentage of 54.21. That is the second-highest number in the league, just behind the Los Angeles Kings.
The Caps’ power play is also improving. Against the Canucks and the Flames they went two for five on successful power plays.
Washington are doing all the right things at the moment, and with some great goaltending provided by last year’s Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby, they are the superior team here.
New York Rangers to beat St Louis Blues -
The New York Rangers know how to score goals. The Blueshirts have scored an impressive 3.89 per game – the highest mark in the NHL at the moment.
On Tuesday night they host the St Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden, where they are 5-0-1 and have tallied 4.5 goals per game.
The Rangers also boast remarkable offensive depth, with five players who have already scored at least four goals.
This game will undoubtedly be tight. The Blues are a good defensive team conceding just 2.22 goals per game with solid goaltending.
But they will have trouble stopping the Rangers' speedy forwards, who should ultimately lead New York to victory.
Ottawa Senators to beat Carolina Hurricanes -
Craig Anderson made an emotional return to the Ottawa Senators’ line-up on Monday night with a staggering performance. The goalie made 37 saves in a shutout against the red-hot Edmonton Oilers.
Anderson has played six games so far this season and won five of them. When he is guarding the net, the Senators tend to look strong.
Their puck possession numbers are disappointing, but the huge win against the Oilers might just be what this team needed.
With Anderson starting, Ottawa should be too strong for the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
Minnesota Wild to beat Buffalo Sabres -
The Minnesota Wild have been very impressive of late, winning three games in a row with a total of 13 goals scored and zero against.
One of those victories was a 4-0 rout of their Tuesday-night opponents, the Sabres.
The Wild have the best PDO - shooting percentage plus save percentage - in the league.
They are efficient with their scoring chances, but also have an elite goalie in Devan Dubnyk.
And the fact that they are the best NHL's penalty killing team at 96.2 per cent - makes it even tougher for their opponents to score.
On top of that, the Wild are still undefeated at home with a goal difference of 17 to eight. The Sabres simply don’t have enough firepower to take them down.