NHL four-fold: Top Tuesday tips to boost your New Year balance
The Hurricanes have been in fine form of late, and they head our best bets for the midweek action on the ice...
Carolina Hurricanes to beat New Jersey Devils –
This matchup is a good one for the Carolina Hurricanes. Statistically, they are by far the better team of these two.
Carolina scores more and concedes less goals on average than New Jersey. They also have better puck possession numbers, win more face-offs and take less penalties.
And that’s not all of it - The Hurricanes have better special team stats than the Devils and they have more shots for and less shots against per game than their upcoming opponent.
The stats are telling, and this young Hurricanes team has been performing relatively well lately, with a record of 6-3-1 from their last ten games.
Carolina should pick up the W, especially considering fatigue will likely be a factor for the Devils after they played on Monday night against the Boston Bruins.
Columbus Blue Jackets to beat Edmonton Oilers –
The Columbus Blue Jackets are unstoppable at the moment. Last weekend they extended their winning streak to 15 games, tied for the second-longest run in the history of the NHL.
Should the Blue Jackets beat the Oilers, they will be one win away from tying the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins' record of 17 games in a row.
It's not hard to imagine them reaching that mark, as everything is working perfectly for them at present.
Their top six forwards are constantly scoring, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is better than ever before and they have the best power play in the league.
The Oilers are a strong team, but home advantage should prove key for the Blue Jackets, who have only lost four games in Columbus all season.
New York Rangers to beat Buffalo Sabres –
The New York Rangers will have to really underperform to lose this game. The Rangers are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Sabres are in last place.
Since the Christmas break the Rangers have won all three of their games and averaged 5.33 goals per game.
They are averaging 3.41 goals per game for the season as a whole, which is the league's third-highest mark.
New York also have a solid goaltending tandem in Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta, both of whom give their team the chance to win every night they play.
The Sabres’ record from their last ten games is 3-5-2 and that won’t get any prettier after this one. Buffalo just isn’t nowhere near the level that the Rangers are on.
San Jose Sharks to beat Los Angeles Kings -
It’s always exciting when these two teams go head-to-head in the Battle of California. Last weekend the Kings were the superior team when they faced in the Staples Center at Los Angeles.
But now the Sharks have the home-ice advantage. And they have been really good in front of their fans this season, with a home record of 13-4-0.
San Jose have been very strong in general lately, with a record of 8-2-0 from their last 10 games.
In the month of December key players Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns each had 13 points in 12 games, and Joe Thornton was similarly productive with 11 points during that period.
That's a real boost for the Sharks, who are already a very good defensive team as they have conceded 2.16 goals per game – the fourth fewest in the NHL.
They will most likely restore order in California and beat their rivals in this game.