Christmas is upon us and the people have spoken. The 2020 All Star Captains have been announced and there aren’t too many surprises.
McDavid (59 points), MacKinnon (53 points), Ovechkin (35 points) and Pastrnak (50 points) are our captains. These four have been leading the league this season, and in some cases carrying their teams, but will they do it in the NHL All-Star games?
Who will take the points this week?
Your #NHLAllStar Division Captains will be as follows:— NHL (@NHL) December 22, 2019
Atlantic Division - David Pastrnak (@pastrnak96)
Central Division - Nathan MacKinnon (@Mackinnon9)
Metropolitan Division - Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8)
Pacific Division - Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97) pic.twitter.com/YuU9ypQT4c
Washington Capitals (2.80) @ Boston Bruins (2.21)
This is the second in a head-to-head series between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Washington were triumphant in the first of the head-to-head series in the Capital, but this time we head to TD Garden for the action.
The Bruins have been really struggling of late, they have only managed to put up one win in their last 8 games, which is a stark contrast to how the rest of the season has played out for them.
They go 21-7-9 for the season outright and sit atop the Atlantic Division. But they’ll need to switch up the way they’re playing if they are to get anything out of this game.
The Capitals have won 6 of their last eight games, including wins against the Bruins, Lightning and Duck, they even beat the Lightning twice. Though they were shutout 3-0 by the Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Washington lead the NHL and go 26-6-5 for season outright.
This will be one of the best games of the week and as such it is our NHL free pick to watch for Christmas, don’t miss out on this action.
Take the Washington Capitals to win.
Columbus Blue Jackets (3.42) @ New York Islanders (1.92)
The Blue Jackets have had an excellent week, they have managed to topple the Washington Capitals twice in the head-to-head series, with wins against a number of other teams.
The wins against the league leaders will really give them a boost of confidence. They now sit on 16-14-6 for the 2019/20 campaign. They face the Islanders, then the capitals yet again before hosting the Blackhawks.
Their recent form means they enter this game looking for a fifth straight victory. They’re led in offense by Pierre-Luc Dubois (12 goals 13 assists), alongside Oliver Bjorkstrand (12 goals, 13 assists) and will look to them again tonight.
The Islanders are 28-8-3 outright and have been playing excellently of late. So much so they find themselves third in the NHL power rankings and will likely climb above the Bruins, if form continues over the christmas period.
New York will have the Nassau Coliseum behind them tonight. They have also won 5 in their last eight, although a shootout loss to the Ducks in their last puts them on the backfoot entering this one.
Expect the Islanders to take the points here.
👀 OK RYAN WE SEE YOU 👀 pic.twitter.com/eo8kz8pO2V— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 21, 2019
Vancouver Canucks (2.19) @ Edmonton Oilers (2.80)
Edmonton, despite having two of the best players in the league, are having a bit of a strange run of games at the moment. They go to the Rogers Arena with just 2 wins in their last eight games, and those wins were far from convincing.
The Oilers are now 20-15-4 for the season. Draisaitl and McDavid found the net in their 4-3 win over Canadian rivals Montreal, which will hopefully mean the deadly-duo are finding form once again.
The Canucks will be more confident when they were the last time these two teams met. They have won half of their last eight games, including wins against the Knights and Penguins putting them on a 3-game winning streak as they enter this one.
The Canucks go 18-15-4 overall. They will look to Elias Pettersson (17 goals, 22 assists) and J.T. Miller (14 goals, 20 assists) again tonight, as they lead the line in offense for the Canucks.
It does seem that the Canucks have a good chance in this one, but we must go against the NHL betting odds for this Canadian matchup as we feel the Oilers are long overdue a big game victory.
Take the Oilers to win at Rogers Arena.