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 Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche.
NHL Predictions with Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche
Head-to-Head: Avalanche 1-1 Flames
The last time the two teams played each other, the Avalanche won 3-0 on March 13. Before that, the Flames won 4-3 in overtime.
The Flames come into the game on a two-game winning streak, including a 9-5 thriller over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Johnny Gaudreau leads both teams in points with 90 in 65 games. Matthew Tkachuk is next with 82 points in 65 games.
This is a matchup of the two best teams in the Western Conference. The Avalanche lead the Central Division and the league with 98 points in 66 games. The Flames lead the Pacific Division with 88 points in 65 games. Expect this game to feel like a playoff game. It just might be a preview of a playoff series to come.
Prediction: 3-2 OT Avalanche
Nashville Predators vs Ottawa Senators
Head-to-Head: Predators 0-0 Senators
This is the first of two matchups between Nashville and Ottawa this season.
The Predators won their last game against the Flyers. The Predators are led by Roman Josi, who has 81 points in 64 games. Matt Duchene has 67 points in 62 games, and Filip Forsberg has 65 points in 53 games.
The Senators managed to get a point against the Florida Panthers, one of the league’s best teams, in their last game. Captain Brady Tkachuk leads the team with 46 points in 62 games. Tim Stutzle is second with 39 points in 64 games, and Joshua Norris has 38 points in 49 games.
The Western Conference playoff race is tight, but the Predators are currently in a spot. The Senators, however, won’t make the playoffs.
Prediction: 4-1 Predators
Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers
Head-to-Head: Wild 1-0 Flyers
The Minnesota Wild are in second place in the Central Division, while the Flyers will most likely miss the playoffs.
Prediction: 3-1 Wild
Anaheim Ducks vs Dallas Stars
Head-to-Head: Ducks 0-0 Stars
This is the first game of two straight between the two teams and the first of three matchups this season.
Both teams are looking to make it into the playoffs as a wild-card team, but Dallas has a lot better chance. The Stars have 75 points in 64 games, and the Ducks have 65 points in 67 games.
Prediction: 3-2 Stars