Welcome back to NHL Predictions, April 23rd edition! Each day, the Last Word On Hockey team will break down every game and give our NHL predictions for each game. This is the slate of NHL Predictions for April 23rd, featuring the Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames.
NHL Predictions Including Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames
Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
Head-to-Head: Bruins 5 – 0 Sabres
Heading into their sixth game of the season, the Boston Bruins look to continue their season sweep of the Buffalo Sabres. In a 5-1 win last night, the Bruins offence came from all over their roster. Goals from Brad Marchand, Matt Grzelcyk, David Pastrnak, Nick Ritchie, and David Krejci sealed the deal. The lacklustre Sabres put up very little fight and probably won’t tonight either. The Bruins are firmly in fourth place in the Eastern Division and on their way to earning a playoff spot. The Sabres are missing the postseason for the 1oth straight year. The Bruins will win this game.
Prediction: Bruins win 4-0.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
Head-to-Head: Flyers 4 – 3 Rangers
In their last matchup of the season, the Philadelphia Flyers take on the New York Rangers. Despite both the Flyers and the Rangers currently out of playoff contention, this game will be interesting. In their matchup last night, the Flyers ended up beating the Rangers, 3-2. New York came just short of the comeback, but with their huge offensive blowout capabilities, it won’t happen again. The New York Rangers will take this game.
Prediction: Rangers win 4-1.
Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Head-to-Head: Predators 6 – 1 Blackhawks
The Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks face off in their last regular-season game tonight. Going 6-1 on the season, the 25-21-2 Predators look to take the rest of the series against the 22-20-5 Blackhawks. Right now the fourth playoff spot in the Central Division is more or less up for grabs. Nashville will need a win to keep their spot in the playoff picture and keep Chicago from coming within one point. Every game this season between these two clubs has been close, the Predators are looking to save earn their spot in the playoffs. They’ll collect the two points.
Prediction: Predators win 3-2.
Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings
Head-to-Head: Wild 5 – 2 Kings
Matching up for the sixth time this season the Minnesota Wild play the Los Angeles Kings. In a division full of some pretty great clubs, the Wild have held their own this season. They currently sit at eighth in the league with a record of 29-13-3. On the flip side, the Los Angeles Kings have continued their downward trend of the past couple of seasons, and sit at 24th in the league with a record of 17-20-6. With the Wild’s dominant offence and superior goaltending, there’s no way they don’t win this game.
Prediction: Wild win 5-1.
Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames
Head-to-Head: Canadiens 2 – 4 Flames
The Montreal Canadiens take on the Calgary Flames tonight. Despite what the points show–Canadiens 49, Flames 41–Calgary have outplayed Montreal for the most part season. While Montreal is firmly in the playoff picture, another two points couldn’t hurt. In their matchup last Friday, the Montreal Canadiens eked out a 2-1 win over the Flames. With 2 goals from Tyler Toffoli, the Canadiens will need him to be on top of his game if they want to win again. But, with starting goaltender Carey Price out due to injury and not playing so hot before that, Montreal will also need to be solid on defence.
As for the Flames, with a healthy roster, and a veteran goaltender Jacob Markstrom in net, they look much better on paper. I believe that will play out on the ice, as well. Calgary will collect another two points.
Prediction: Flames win 2-1.
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