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NHL Game Predictions & Odds Analysis
There are 11 games on the NHL slate Tuesday, many with intriguing wagering opportunities. The reeling Boston Bruins try to right their ship in time to make the playoffs, while Tampa Bay and Florida and Los Angeles and Anaheim continue their battles for division crowns.
Who Will Win Tonight's NHL Games
Carolina Hurricanes (-160) at Boston Bruins (+140)
Reeling Bruins, 2-7 in their last nine, will make the playoffs if they win their last three games. Injured defenseman Dennis Seidenberg practised Monday but his game-time status is unclear. Goalie Tuukka Rask in 2-4 is his last six decsions. Hurricanes forward Riley Nash (upper body injury) should play.
Pick: The Bruins (+140)
New York Islanders (-190) at Washington Capitals (+160)
Second game in as many nights for the Isles, who beat Tampa 5-2 Monday. Defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body injury) is questionable. Captials are 3-0-0 versus the Islanders this season. Center Nicklas Backstrom (upper body injury) is an uncertain starter.
Pick: The Capitals (+160)
Buffalo Sabres (-270) at New Jersey Devils (+230)
Sabres could be without forwards Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel (undisclosed injuries). Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10. Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (shoulder) is done for the season. New Jersey will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Pick: The Devils (+230)
Pittsburgh Penguins (+165) at Ottawa Senators (-195)
Penguins are 12-1 in their last 13 despite long-term injuries to center Evgeni Malkin and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Back-up goalie Matt Murray will start and he's won five in a row. Senators forward Scott Gomez has one assist in 13 games since signing March 2.
Pick: The Penguins (+165)
Tampa Bay Lightning (-110) at New York Rangers (-110)
Lightning require one point to clinch a playoff spot. Minus Steven Stamkos (blood clot), Valtteri Filppula is centering Tampa's top line. Rangers may be without captain Ryan McDonagh (upper body injury). Chris Kreider has reached the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season.
Pick: The Rangers (-110)
Florida Panthers (+210) at Montreal Canadiens (-250)
Monday's 4-3 win at Toronto gave the Panthers a club-record 99 points and clinched home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Canadiens have recalled NHL All-Star Game MVP John Scott and defenseman Ryan Johnston from AHL St. John's and both will play.
Pick: The Panthers (+210)
San Jose Sharks (-300) at Minnesota Wild (+250)
A win would give the Sharks a club-record 28 road victories. James Reimer gets the nod in goal. A victory clinches a playoff spot for the Wild and they may have defenseman Jared Spurgeon back. He missed the previous two games with a lower body injury.
Pick: The Wild (+250)
Colorado Avalanche (-160) at Nashville Predators (+140)
Fast-fading playoff hopes could end tonight for the Avs with a Colorado loss or Minnesota win. Predators recalled forward Cody Bass from AHL Milwaukee to replace Miika Salomaki (undiscosed injury).
Pick: The Predators (+140)
Arizona Coyotes (-110) at Chicago Blackhawks (-110)
In the midst of a season-ending four-game road trip, Coyotes have lost three of four. Blackhawks may be without forward Marian Hossa (lower body injury). Forward Andrew Shaw and goalie Corey Crawford (upper body injuries) and defenseman Duncan Keith (NHL suspension) are out.
Pick: The Coyotes (-110)
Los Angeles Kings (-110) at Calgary Flames (-110)
Kings have won all three meetings from the Flames this season but are 2-6 in their last eight games and may be without defenseman Alec Martinez (undisclosed injury). Back-up Jhonas Enroth gets the nod in goal. Joni Ortio, who shut out Edmonton Saturday, goes in goal for Calgary.
Pick: The Kings (-110)
Winnipeg Jets (-150) at Anaheim Ducks (+130)
Ducks will welcome back defenseman Simon Despres (undsiclosed injury) after a six-game absence. Anaheim forwards Jakob Silfverberg and Nate Thompson have points in three straight games. Jets forwards Mark Scheifele (seven games) and Blake Wheeler (eight) are riding points streaks.
Pick: The Ducks (+130)
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