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 between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Be sure to check out other NHL Predictions in the coming days after the All-Star Break.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres
Head-to-Head: Hurricanes 1-0 Sabres
We’ve got two games tonight for your enjoyment as we get ready for the All-Star Break. The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to close the first half with another victory. Carolina is looking for its seventh straight victory to close out the opening part of the season. Antti Raanta will get the start after Frederik Andersen got the call last night. The Canes are coming off a 5-4 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings.
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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen will likely get the start in goal, but always check social media before making any daily fantasy hockey plays. The Buffalo Sabres are just one point from the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo is paced by Tage Thompson with 34 goals and Rasmus Dahlin with 41 assists. The Sabres’ third-rated goal-scoring offence will go against the Canes’ third-rated goals-against.
Both teams are playing well and a win for Buffalo would leapfrog them over the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Carolina squeaks out the victory.
Prediction: Hurricanes win 3-2 in overtime.
Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Head-to-Head: Bruins 1-1 Maple Leafs
Our featured game has a potential first-round Stanley Cup Playoff matchup
between the Bruins and the Leafs. Boston has lost three straight games for the first time this season. However, the Bruins still have only lost seven times in regulation this season. Linus Ullmark
is slated to be the starter in goal for Boston. Ullmark is still carrying a .936 save percentage and 1.98 goals against average. David Pastrnak
leads in goals (38) and assists (33). The Bruins are first in goals against and second in goals for.
Boston needs a win, but Toronto would love to keep momentum going. However, the Bruins take it in the shootout.
Prediction: Bruins win 4-3 in a shootout.
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