9 NHL games tonight - Here are my WINNERS!

By Yttrandefrihet | Hockey Thoughts | 15 Apr 2021

New York Islanders - Boston Bruins 

The Islanders have a perfect score against the Bruins. Both made some nice additions before the trade deadline. The Islanders have been the better team of the two this season in general, but they have an even record in their away games. I think both teams have a chance here, but I can't ignore how the Islanders have dominated the Bruins thus far. New York Islanders wins! 

New Jersey Devils - New York Rangers 

The Rangers have been hot lately, and the Devils have sold off some key players before the trade deadline. I have a clear top dog here. New York Rangers wins! 

Buffalo Sabres - Washington Capitals 

The Sabres actually beat Boston the other night. But now Ullmark is injured again, and they don't win a lot without him. Or to be precise, they've lost close to every game he hasn't played. Expect Tokarski to start tonight. He was their fourth option when the season started. Considering that, he's done OK, but Buffalo will need a lot more than OK goaltending to stop the firepower of the Capitals. This should be predictable. You never know with a hockey game, but if anything, this is a safe one. Washington wins! 

Nashville Predators - Carolina Hurricanes 

The Preds have impressed a lot lately. The Canes have won all the previous meetings, but Nashville is a whole different team now than last time they met. At the same time, I think Carolina has had a bit of a down swing. But they have a brutal record at home, 14-3-4! When I look at the Predators, I feel, these guys are awesome, they win! When I look at the Hurricanes, I feel the same about them. I think this cold be the best game this night. Just that, there are some more candidates following further down... As for a winner, with what the Preds showed in their games against Tampa, I think I'll go with them. Nashville wins! 

Florida Panthers - Tampa Bay Lightning 

Here's another great game! I feel both teams have had their struggles lately, but they both have been awesome this season. I could see this game go either way, but since the Bolts have an amazing home record, winning 15 of 19 games, I'll go with them. Tampa Bay wins!

Philadelphia Flyers - Pittsburgh Penguins 

The Penguins are playing way better at the moment. While the Flyers have the skill to give them a match, they have only showed it now and then lately. Pittsburgh wins! 

Winnipeg Jets - Toronto Maple Leafs 

The Leafs have had two shoddy games in a row, and the Jets didn't impress against the Sens last night, even though they won. I expect they both will take it up a notch here though, as it the two best teams in the division facing of. I expect a close game, even though we can expect to see a bunch of goals. It could go either way really, but I'll give the edge to the Leafs because they are more rested. Toronto wins! 

Chicago Blackhawks - Detroit Red Wings 

The Red Wings have been good lately, getting wins left and right against strong opponents. The Blackhawks have won five of six against them though. They need to get the result here if they are to have a chance to catch up to Nashville. I think this could be a very close game, but with the record the Hawks have against Detroit, I'll give them the upper hand. Chicago wins! 

Columbus Blue Jackets - Dallas Stars 

The Blue Jackets have traded away Savard and Foligno. They also struggle with away games. On the other hand, Laine has finally started to score for them. The Stars are up and down from game to game, you never really know where you have them. They can beat Tampa one game, just to lose to Detroit in the next. I think they should have the best chance here though. Dallas wins! 

In summary, my winners are: 

New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Dallas Stars

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