Welcome back to NHL Predictions! Each day, the Last Word on Hockey team will break down every game and give our NHL predictions for each game. This will also include a featured game that should be must-watch hockey. Tonight’s featured game is the Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers. This is the late game slate of NHL Predictions. Be sure and check out the early games of NHL Predictions too.
St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets
Head-to-Head: Blues 0 – 0 Jets
This is the first of four meetings between the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets. These two teams played a thrilling six-game series in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just like at the end of last season, the Jets and Blues are battling for the top spot in the Central Division. These two teams play a home and home series this weekend. The Blues enter Bell MTS Centre on a six-game winning streak. St. Louis continues to produce offence with Vladimir Tarasenko out of the lineup. The Blues are getting offence from Ryan O’Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, and Brayden Schenn in the absent of Tarasenko. Not to mention the play of Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen has risen to an even higher level.
The Jets enter this game on a bit of a slide having lost three of their last four games. Despite all of their injuries this season, the Jets find themselves in third place in a tough Central Division. However, going up against the defending Stanley Cup Champions will be no easy task. Still, the Jets have the team to compete with anyone in the NHL. With Connor Hellebuyck rested after a surprising night off on December 23rd, he looks to put an end to the Blues winning streak. Winnipeg will need their offensive stars of Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, and Blake Wheeler to step up. Expect this game to a close tight-checking affair.
Prediction: Blues Win 4-3 in OT
New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Head-to-Head: Islanders 0 – 0 Blackhawks
This is the first of two meetings between the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks. Neither team is coming into this game playing well. The Islanders have lost three of their last four games. And for a Barry Trotz coached team, their defensive structure is lacking lately. There have been some games recently, where the Islanders are trying to produce more offence than protect their zone. That is what made them so good early on. The Islanders’ goaltending is still excellent outside the game against the Nashville Predators. This is the perfect opponent for the Islanders to get back on track.
On the other side of the coin, the …read more
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