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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 Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens.
NHL Predictions: Including Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens
Seattle Kraken vs Philadelphia Flyers
Head-to-Head: Kraken 0-0 Flyers
The Seattle Kraken look to improve on their 16-8-2 road record as they visit the Philadelphia Flyers in our first NHL predictions. The Kraken have fallen into fourth place in the Pacific division amidst a three-game losing streak. Most recently, Seattle lost to the New York Rangers by a score of 6-3. The Flyers are 4-3-3 over their last ten games, including a 2-1 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Andre Burakovsky, the Kraken’s leading scorer, remains out of the lineup with a lower-body injury. The Flyers’ 31st-ranked power play will look to capitalize on the Kraken’s 31st-ranked penalty kill. Look for the Flyer to upset Seattle and hand them their fifth consecutive loss.
Flyers win 4-2
San Jose Sharks vs Washington Capitals
Head-to-Head: Sharks 0-0 Capitals
The Washington Capitals play host to the San Jose Sharks as they play for the second time in as many nights. The Capitals pulled off a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Boston Bruins yesterday. Washington has now won two straight and is 5-5-0 over their last ten. With 62 points, the Capitals hold the first wild-card position and sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan division. The Sharks are 3-4-3 in their last ten, including a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers in their most recent outing. Trade rumours surround the Sharks as Erik Karlsson‘s name has been linked to the Edmonton Oilers, and forward Timo Meier remains a big name on the trade market. Expect the Capitals to pick up the victory in this one.
Capitals win 5-1
Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Head-to-Head: Ducks 1-1 Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights look to improve their 14-13-0 record at T-Mobile Arena as the Anaheim Ducks fly into town. The Ducks are 5-3-2 in their previous ten outings and remain one of the contenders to win the Connor Bedard sweepstakes as they sit 30th in league standings with 40 points. The Pacific division rivals have played each other twice this season, with the home team prevailing in each game. Sophomore Trevor Zegras leads the low-flying Ducks with 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points on the campaign, while All-Star Chandler Stephenson leads Vegas in points with 46. Look for the Golden Knights to continue the theme of home-ice advantage in the season series with the Ducks.
Golden Knights win 3-1
Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens
Head-to-Head: Oilers 0-0 Canadiens
Our feature NHL predictions game of the day is the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Montreal Canadiens. The Oilers are 8-0-2 in their last ten and sit in second place in the Pacific division standings. Connor McDavid continued his torrid scoring pace with a goal and two assists, including a jaw-dropping play during the Oilers’ 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators last night. Number 97 has 97 points on the season and will be looking to hit the 100-point mark in Montreal.
The Canadiens also were in action on Saturday as they topped the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime. Montreal will be starting Jake Allen in today’s contest. They are 4-5-1 in their last ten and sit 26th in the league standings. Special teams have been a problem for the Canadiens all season, as their powerplay is dead last, and their penalty kill ranks 30th. Expect McDavid to break the 100-point mark on route to another Oilers win.
Oilers win 6-2