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Better NHL Picks On Tuesday
Picking NHL Winners For Tuesday's Games
By Bob Duff
Even with weekend wins over Washingston and Pittsburgh, the Wings still sit seven points out of a playoff spot and the Islanders are one of those teams they are seeking to catch.
Detroit have won both meetings with the Isles this season and defenseman Danny DeKeyser netted the winner in each game. Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has four points in the last two games and has registered points in nine of the last 12 games.
Ryan Strome (2-1-3) registered his second career multi-goal game to help the Islanders extend their home point streak to 11 games (9-0-2) via Sunday's 6-4 win over New Jersey, their longest such run since 1982. The road hasn't been nearly as sweet to the Isles, who begin a nine-game trek with an NHL-low seven road wins to their credit.
Pick: The Red Wings (-105)
The Rangers continue to roll, 7-1-0 in their last eight games after Sunday's 2-1 win over Washington. The Rangers moved to within two points of the Columbus Blue Jackets for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Henrik Lundqvist's next win will move him past Chris Osgood (411) in 11th on the NHL's all-time list.
The Canadiens don't need to look far over their shoulders to see trouble coming. Thanks to a 2-7-1 skid, including a 3-1 home-ice loss Saturday to Winnipeg in the debut of new head coach Claude Julien, the Ottawa Senators are two points in back of the Atlantic Division-leading Habs and the Sens hold two games in hand.
Pick: The Rangers (-137)
If the Blackhawks maintain any hope of catching the Wild for top spot in the Central Division, this is a must win. Minnesota is up seven points on the second-place Blackhawks and hold a game in hand.
The Wild whipped Nashville 5-2 on Saturday, getting three points from Jason Zucker as they improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL with 32 wins.
Patrick Kane scored his 20th goal of the season Sunday in his hometown as the Blackhawks won 5-1 Sunday at Buffalo for their sixth successive road victory.
Kane became the first American-born NHLer to reach the 20-goal plateau in each of his first 10 seasons. He joined Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11) and Denis Savard (10) as the only Blackhawks with 10 or more 20-goal campaigns.
Pick: The Blackhawks (+118)
Another big Western Conference playoff battle, this one at the other end of the standings. The Predators and Flames hold the two wild card positions at the moment and the Flames moved to bolster their spot, trading with Arizona Monday to acquire defenseman Michael Stone.
Stone, who played with Calgary's WHL team, is enduring his worst offensive season as a pro, with 1-8-9 numbers in 45 games. The Flames open a four-game road trip with this contest.
Mattias Ekholm scored the tiebreaking goal at 9:09 of the third period to power the Predators to a 4-3 victory Sunday over Columbus. Nashville sit two points in front of Calgary for the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Nashville winger James Neal has scored just three goals in his last 21 games.
Pick: The Predators (-152)
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