NHL Daily Rundown
Thursday Fantasy Hockey Previews
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Penguins vs Bruins
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to pick up the pieces on Thursday after a lackluster performance in their last outing. Pittsburgh’s high-octane offense was stuck in neutral in Tuesday’s 3-0 setback to St. Louis. It ended the team’s streak of scoring at least four goals during its four-game winning streak, which included a 5-1 rout of Boston on Sunday.
Capitals vs Devils
The Washington Capitals have surged to the top of the NHL standings but will look to rebound from their first regulation defeat in 14 games. Washington suffered a 3-0 loss at Ottawa on Tuesday.
Canadiens vs Islanders
The New York Islanders have reversed course on the direction their season was headed by recording at least a point in five straight games (4-0-1), highlighted by a 3-0-1 mark under the watch of interim coach Doug Weight. The Montreal Canadiens have outscored the Islanders by a 28-14 margin en route to winning the last seven encounters.
Maple Leafs vs Flyers
The Toronto Maple Leafs are showing no signs of cooling off as the All-Star break approaches, recording at least one point in 13 of their last 15 games (11-2-2). Toronto looks to remain ahead of schedule and knock off the Philadelphia Flyers.
Kings vs Hurricanes
The Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing skid in their last outing. Carolina has been outscored by a disastrous 20-5 margin during their four-games losing streak, but it improved to 3-0-1 in its last four meetings with Los Angeles after posting a 3-1 victory on December 8.
Flames vs Senators
The All-Star break can’t come soon enough for the stumbling Calgary Flames, who will try to stop a four-game slide when they visit the Ottawa Senators. Calgary has surrendered 20 goals during its four-game skid and has been manhandled by Toronto and Montreal on the first two legs of its three-game road trip.
Lightning vs Panthers
The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to win back-to-back games for only the second time since Thanksgiving. They followed up one of their worst losses of the season Saturday in Arizona with one of their most inspiring triumphs Tuesday, when they rallied for four third-period goals to beat Chicago 5-2.
Blue Jackets vs Predators
The Columbus Blue Jackets have answered the franchise-best 16-game winning streak by surrendering 33 goals to record losses in six of their last 11 games. The Blue Jackets look to tighten their defense and resume their pursuit of the top spot in the Metropolitan Division versus Nashville Predators.
Blues vs Wild
The Minnesota Wild look to wrap up a scintillating 7 1/2-week stretch when they host the St. Louis Blues in their final game before the All-Star break. Minnesota holds a two-point lead atop the Central Division and owns the best record in the Western Conference in the wake of a spectacular 20-3-1 mark since December 4.
Jets vs Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are among the most successful teams in the NHL this season, but 20 percent of their regulation losses came against the struggling Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg has allowed only two goals in three victories over Chicago, and the Jets can use a victory entering the All-Star break after back-to-back home defeats.
Sabres vs Stars
The Buffalo Sabres’ newfound knack for winning games has them within striking distance of their first Stanley Cup playoff berth since 2010-11. They’ve won three straight, all in overtime. Buffalo erased a two-goal deficit and Jack Eichel scored twice, including the one in the extra session in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory in Nashville.
Canucks vs Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes look to remain perfect on their five-game homestand and seek their first three-game winning streak of the season when they battle their Pacific Division-rival Vancouver Canucks.
Oilers vs Sharks
The streaking San Jose Sharks will be sorry to see the All-Star break come as they aim for the seventh consecutive victory. San Jose has posted four one-goal victories during the run, including a 4-3 triumph at Winnipeg on Tuesday in which Patrick Marleau scored his fifth goal in two games with 4:33 remaining in the third period to snap a tie.