Nashville Predators (37-32-12) at
Minnesota Wild (43-26-12)
Both Teams Are On Fire
Although this is true, Minnesota will be moving on to the playoffs while Nashville will have to wait for next season to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
We’re down to the last day of the season and the wild card bound Wild still don’t know who their opponent will be between Colorado and St. Louis, but they have a hungry team in the form of the Predators to face tonight.
Nashville is 8-1-2 in their last 11 games and are coming off of a 7-5 win over a good Blackhawks team who have a couple of key injured players and could’ve been possibly looking past the Predators at the playoffs.
Carter Hutton (19-11, 2.61 GAA) will be in net for the Predators and this rookie has won his last 4 starts in which he’s allowed a collective 5 goals. For the Wild, they’ll likely look to Ilya Bryzgalov to continue their 7 game unbeaten streak.
Bryzgalov has also been hot, winning his last 3 starts while allowing just 3 goals. This appears to be a tight matchup as the Wild surprisingly aren’t looking past Nashville.
Minnesota is coming off of a 4-2 win over St. Louis in which they were outshot 45-15 and still managed to win the game thanks to 2 goals from center Kyle Brodziak while the Predators will be looking to veteran, Shea Weber for leadership in a game in which they can easily throw in the towel. Weber had a goal and an assist in the win over Chicago and has scored 5 point in his last 5 games. This game will be a very competitive season finale for both teams.
Look for Nashville to go for the upset as they look to finish their year on a high note while the price is mighty appealing.
NHL Pick: Nashville +150 at Bet 365
New York Islanders (33-37-11) at
Buffalo Sabers (21-51-9)
While neither of these teams will be going to the playoffs and the Islanders get to watch the Rangers make it to the post-season, there is a little consolation in being able to finish off the season against the worst team in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabers.
How Awful Are They?
There’s not much positive to say about the Sabers. They’ve won just 1 out of their last 10 games while losing straight. The Sabers rank 30th in the NHL, not even managing 2 goals per game, they’re 25th in goals against, and 29th in power play % (14.2). This is just a pathetic team, led by center Cody Hodgson (44 points). Hodgson did manage the lone goal for Buffalo in their last game, a 4-1 loss to Boston.
The Islanders are coming off of a little metropolitan area pride in a 3-2 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils. They also have been without their 2 leading scorers in Kyle Okposo and John Tavares and Tavares is a franchise player and someone that the Isles can build upon for a bright future.
Despite being without key players, the Islanders have managed to go 7-2-2 in their last 11 games. Look for Evegeni Nabokov to shutdown the Sabres as New York ends the season on a positive note.
NHL Pick: New York Islanders -125 at Bet 365