League action returns after the NHL All-Star break at the weekend. The standings have remained almost unchanged since we went 3 for 3 in our predictions last week.
With the All-Star Weekend now firmly in the rear view, most franchises will have their eyes set on the playoffs. There are some important games on the schedule this week. Lets take a look at a few of the big ones.
St. Louis Blues @ Vancouver Canucks
27th January 2020 10:05PM
Last season’s Stanley Cup winners, St. Louis Blues, are well-placed to repeat that success this season. Craig Berube’s team are top of the Western Conference standings with a 30-11-8 record.
The Canucks are one of their closest challengers in the West and this has all the makings of a barnstormer. Vancouver are top of the Pacific Division with a 27-18-4 record. Elias Pettersson has been their leading light with 51 points this season.
The Canucks have lost seven of their last ten while the Blues have hit a patchier run of form with five defeats in their last ten matches. Even so, the Blues are favoured with CanPlay at odds of -120.
The Canucks have one of the top-scoring offenses in the league while the Blues have been leaking goals of late, conceding nine in their last two matches.
We’re tipping the Canucks to get the win on home ice at +105 with CanPlay. Pettersson is +175 to score anytime on Monday night.
Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks
27th January 2020 10:35PM
Anaheim head to San Jose on Monday night for a California derby match. Unfortunately for the neutral, these are two of the weakest sides in the league.
This season has been a struggle for the California teams. The Kings, Ducks and Sharks make up the final three positions in the Pacific Division. However, the Ducks are on a two-game winning streak. Wins over the Hurricanes and Predators last weekend have lifted them off the foot of the table.
In our opinion, the winning streak is likely to continue. However, the bookmakers have them down as 1.5 goal underdogs. The Ducks can be backed in the moneyline betting at +125 with CanPlay and -202 with 1.5 goal lead.
Back the Ducks to pick up their third W in a row.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Dallas Stars
29th January 2020 7:30PM
The Maple Leafs head south to face Dallas on Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center. These sides are very evenly-matched.
Toronto are fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 25-17-7 record while the Stars are third in the Central Division with a 27-17-4 record.
Dallas have made a recent run up the standings with seven wins in their last ten outings. However, that climb hit a bit of a rocky patch with a 4-1 defeat to the Sabres and a 7-0 defeat to the Wild in their last two games.
The Maple Leafs have a tough run of fixtures on the horizon and every win will be crucial. Auston Matthews has been their main threat on the offensive end with 34 goals and 23 assists to his name this season. He is expected to return from his recent injuries and play a main part in Toronto’s playoff push. Back the 22-year-old to get his name on the scoresheet on Wednesday night.
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