Here is the NHL rundown. All of Tuesday Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!
Ottawa Senators (39-24-6) vs Boston Bruins (38-28-4)
The Ottawa Senators lost a chance to take control of the Atlantic Division race over the weekend. They have gone four games without a victory (0-2-2), including overtime and regulation losses in a home-and-home series with first-place Montreal, and lead Boston by four points for second place in the Atlantic. The Bruins will be trying to avoid a three-game slide when they return home from 2-2-0 road trip that ended with a 4-2 setback at Toronto on Monday that reduced their lead over the Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic to one point.
Pittsburgh Penguins (45-17-6) vs Buffalo Sabres (30-31-6)
The Pittsburgh Penguins hope recent history repeats itself Tuesday as they attempt to clinch a playoff spot with a road win over the Buffalo Sabres for the second time in three years. A victory, which would be its third straight, also could put Pittsburgh in the lead for the Presidents’ Trophy. Buffalo is aiming for its third consecutive victory of their own.
New York Rangers (45-24) vs New Jersey Devils (26-33-10)
The New York Rangers have lost touch with the top teams in the Metropolitan Division but maintain a firm grip on the top wild card. They continued their road prowess with a 3-2 win at Minnesota on Saturday but sits six points behind third-place Columbus in the Metropolitan. New Jersey has been unable to prevail in any venue over the past month, dropping 12 of its last 13 games (1-10-2) to plunge into the basement of the Eastern Conference.
Calgary Flames (41-27-2) vs Washington Capitals (46-17-3)
Offseason acquisition Brian Elliott didn’t turn many heads with his play to begin the season, but the veteran goaltender certainly has the league’s attention now. With 11 consecutive victories under his belt, Elliott will look to eclipse Mike Vernon’s franchise-record win streak on Tuesday as the red-hot Calgary Flames vie for their 13th triumph in 14 outings. Washington punched its playoff ticket for the ninth time in 10 seasons with Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay.
Detroit Red Wings (28-32-11) vs Montreal Canadiens (41-23-6)
Montreal owns a four-point advantage for first place in the Atlantic Division over the Senators, after posting a 4-3 shootout win in Ottawa on Saturday and a 4-1 home triumph over them a day later. The Red Wings have gone 3-6-1 this month, practically assuring their 25-year playoff streak will come to an end in what is their final season at Joe Louis Arena.
Arizona Coyotes (26-37-7) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (34-28-6)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have hit a bump in the road during their quest for a playoff spot. The Lightning earned points in 15 of 17 games (12-2-3) before allowing a total of 10 goals in back-to-back losses to Toronto and Washington, which have dropped them four points behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Coyotes officially were eliminated from playoff contention with Monday’s 3-1 loss at Nashville but have earned points in five of their last seven games (3-2-2).
Carolina Hurricanes (30-27-8) vs Florida Panthers (31-29-5)
The Hurricanes and Panthers are tied with 73 points and trail the Toronto Maple Leafs by eight points for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.