Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is the Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens.
NHL Predictions with Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens
Head-to-Head: Bruins 1-0 Canadiens
The last time the Boston Bruins played the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 14, the Bruins won 5-2. Boston was led by Charlie Coyle and Charlie McAvoy, each having two goals, and Taylor Hall, who had a goal and an assist.
Now, the Bruins come into the game on a two-game winning streak, outscoring the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals 12-5 on Saturday and Monday. Entering Wednesday’s game, they’re led by Brad Marchand, who has 16 goals, 20 assists and 36 points in 27 games.
The Canadiens, on the other hand, have lost their past three games, getting outscored by the Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers 14-6. This is their first game since January 1st and the Canadiens’ top players aren’t playing nearly as well as the Bruins’ ones. Nick Suzuki leads the team with 19 points, and Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Toffoli each have 17.
While the Bruins are a middle-of-the-pack team in the Atlantic Division, the Canadiens are last in the same division. Montreal has just 18 points in 34 games, while the Bruins have 40 points in 32 games.
Prediction: 4-1 Bruins.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken
Head-to-Head: Stars 0-0 Kraken
The Stars lost their last game in heartbreaking fashion to the St. Louis Blues. They had a 1-0 lead until the Blues tied it with 46.3 seconds left in the game and then lost when the Blues scored again with 28.1 seconds left. The Stars are led by Joe Pavelski and Jason Robertson, who have 30 points in 32 and 26 games respectively.
The Kraken comes into the game on a six-game losing streak and is led by Jordan Eberle, Jared McCann and Yanni Gourde. Eberle has 23 points in 32 games, McCann has 21 points in 29 games and Gourde has 20 points in 26 games.
While neither team is where it wants to be in the standings, the Stars have the upper hand. They have 36 points in 32 games, while the Kraken has just 24 points in 34 games and are at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Seattle was already struggling, but injuries to Jaden Schwartz and Brandon Tanev certainly haven’t helped.
Prediction: 4-2 Stars.
Arizona Coyotes vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Head-to-Head: Coyotes 0-0 Maple Leafs
The Coyotes lost their last game 4-2 to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The team is currently being led by Clayton Keller, who has 26 points in 33 games, and Shayne Gostisbehere and Phil Kessel, each having 23 points in 33 games.
The Maple Leafs also lost their last game. They got a point, though, losing 5-4 to the Colorado Avalanche in overtime on Saturday. The Leafs are led by Auston Matthews, William Nylander and John Tavares. Matthews has 36 points in 30 games, Nylander has 35 points in 33 games and Tavares has 34 points in 32 games.
The Coyotes are the worst team in the NHL, with just 17 points in 33 games. Toronto, on the other hand, is currently in third in the Atlantic Division with 47 points in 33 games.
Prediction: 3-1 Maple Leafs.
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