Normality has resumed in the Central Division, where the reigning Stanley Cup holders the Tampa Bay Lightning are back on top and look to make it 4 wins in four this weekend. It’s the usual suspects elsewhere, with the Bruins, Avalanche, and Maples Leafs leading their respective Divisions.
Our experts have looked at the schedule for this February weekend and decided to start it off with the matchup between fierce rivals the Flyers and Bruins. This will be followed by the action from Montreal and Toronto as the teams in the North do battle.
Philadelphia Flyers (2.87) vs Boston Bruins (2.15)
The Bruins and Flyers are both having excellent seasons, leading things in the East Division and playing some of the best hockey in the league right now, as they make bids for the 2021 Stanley Cup.
The Bruins are on a 2-game win streak, having handed a loss to the Capitals and taken the first game in this head-to-head series 4-3. The big man David Pastrnak netted himself three goals and looked in unstoppable form as we’ve seen many times in the past.
The Flyers may not be favoured across NHL betting sites, but they will certainly put up a fight here. Losing the first in the series will be fresh in the memories of the players. The likes of Farabee, Hayes, and Myers will look to punish the Bruins defence.
Pick the Boston Bruins to win.
Ottawa Senators (3.63) vs Montreal Canadiens (1.82)
The Canadiens have enjoyed an excellent season so far, sitting just behind the North Division leaders from Toronto. They have been scoring freely and have outscored everyone else in the division by some distance, with Toffoli and Petry leading the scoring tables.
Montreal will be hopeful of making it to the NHL Playoffs this campaign. They will be confident of winning this one against the bottom of the table side and a Sens team that is playing very poorly so far in 2021.
Ottawa is leaking goals and hasn’t shown much promise of turning things around. They currently have a -23 goal difference in the division and are not playing cohesively at all. It’s a real worry for D.J. Smith, who needs to try to get some momentum behind his team and turn these performances into wins.
Take the Montreal Canadiens to win.
Vancouver Canucks (3.54) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (1.84)
The Canucks made a strong start to the season, but have since dropped off. They are struggling to get a win down at the moment, looking to snap a 3-game losing streak against the North Division leaders here.
The Leafs took the first game in this head-to-head series, winning 7-3. Jason Spezza enjoyed the game picking up 3 goals, with Auston Matthews adding two to his tally this season. The Maple Leafs are leading the NHL and have already shown that will be right amongst it when the NHL finals come around.
The Big Dane Frederik Andersen is in great form and will play a big part in the Maple Leaf’s progress this season. It will be a long night for the Canucks if they can’t manage to get some rhythm within the game.
Go with the Maple Leafs to win.
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