NHL Games - Predators at Maple Leafs and Penguins at Blues

Friday, February 9th, 2018

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The NHL Games of the Week feature two games that could influence the playoff seedings as the season nears its stretch run. In the first game on Wednesday, February 7, the Nashville Predators will hit the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. That matchup can be seen on TSN. The other main game of the week will feature the St. Louis Blues hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, February 11. That game will be shown on NBC.

Nashville is second in the Central Division but is on the road against a solid Toronto squad so that should be a good game. The Penguins have been a little bit superior to the Blues this season but are also on the road, which means that game could also go either way. It should be an intriguing week of hockey.

Let’s look at the two games in more detail on NHL odds.

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Nashville Predators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Jaguars vs. Patriots TV Coverage: TSN

Nashville is 32-12-7 on the season, amassing 71 points thus far. The Predators made the Stanley Cup Finals a year ago and are looking like contenders once again. They are scoring 3.1 goals per game, which is eighth in the league, and allowing only 2.5, which is fourth best. The Predators have won three straight heading into this one, including a 5-4 overtime victory over the Islanders last time out. It’s never easy winning on the road, but the Predators have the talent to pull it off.

The Maple Leafs are 31-19-5 for 67 points, and are trying to catch the Bruins and Lightning in the Atlantic Division. Toronto is scoring 3.2 goals per game, seventh in the NFL. Toronto enters with five wins in its past six contests.

Key Stat

Maple Leafs burgeoning star Auston Matthews has 25 goals and 43 points on the season, both of which lead the team. He was the top pick in the draft a year ago and is already establishing himself as a star. Nashville has a solid defensive plan but Matthews has the type of talent that can overcome it. If Matthews can register a couple of points in this game, the Maple Leafs will have a great shot at the victory.

Predators vs. Maple Leafs Free Picks

Nashville has to play on the road, but this is one of the better teams in the league. Take the Predators to come away with this victory.

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Predators vs. Maple Leafs Score Prediction: Predators 4, Maple Leafs 3

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. St. Louis Blues

Date and Time: Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3 p.m. ET

Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

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Penguins vs. Blues TV Coverage: NBC

The Penguins are the defending champions and sit at 30-22-3 with 63 points on the year. They have a goal-differential of only plus-3 on the season but still have a plethora of stars, including Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins have won five of their past six as they aim to hit their stride down the stretch.

The Blues are 32-20-3 on the year, accumulating 67 points thus far. They are third in the NHL with a goals against average of 2.5 but haven’t dominated this season because the offense has struggled. St. Louis has won six of its past nine games coming into this matchup.

Key Stat

Four. That’s the total number of goals the Blues have scored in their past three games. They were lucky to get one win in that span with a 1-0 victory over the Sabres, but fell to the Bruins and Wild. St. Louis will likely need to score a few goals to knock off Pittsburgh.

Penguins vs. Blues Free Picks

Pittsburgh hasn’t dominated this season but has a really strong club. The Penguins should be able to score enough goals early to put the pressure on the Blues and come away with this win.

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Penguins vs. Blues Score Prediction: Penguins 3, Blues 1

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