Sports Interaction’s Picks & Pucks: April 17

Florida Panthers center Eetu Luostarinen (27) tries to push the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 21, 2021. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

The countdown to the post season is now officially underway. Most NHL teams have played roughly 42-44 games, which means we are getting closer and closer to the final 10 games of the regular season.

Here are the NHL Odds at Sports Interaction. Enjoy the weekend.

 

Senators at Canadiens

Both the Senators and Canadiens are coming off losses on Wednesday night. The Sens are all but out of it, but the Habs are very much in a post season fight and didn’t do themselves any favours by losing to the charging Flames in their last game. Carey Price has started to practice with goaltending coach Sean Burke but there is no timetable for the return of the former Vezina trophy winner.

Pick: Senators

 

Panthers at Lightning

The battle of Florida is very much alive in this shortened 2021 season. Both the Panthers and Lightning are holding onto playoff positions and could meet in the first round. On Thursday night these two teams played, with the Lightning edging the Panthers 3-2 in overtime, Victor Hedman scoring the overtime winner. The team’s MVP, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was the difference in goal, stopping 36-of-38 for his league leading 26th win of the season.

Pick: Lightning

 

Capitals at Flyers

These two teams are no strangers to one another. The Capitals sit atop the East Division and are 4-1 in five games against the Flyers this season.

In their last meeting earlier this week, the Caps dropped the Flyers 6-1. Conor Sheary picked up a goal and two assists in the win.

Nicklas Backstrom played in his 1000th game on Thursday night. He continues to lead the Capitals in scoring with 14 goals and 31 assists this season.

Pick: Capitals

 

Predators at Hurricanes

This match-up could be a preview of round number one in the Central Division. These two teams met on Thursday with the Hurricanes delivering a 4-1 win.

This series has been one-sided as of late, with the Hurricanes holding a 12-1 record in the last 13 games against the Predators. The Canes are also 6-1 against the Preds in the last seven games in Carolina.  The Predators are 5-3 in the month of April.

Pick: Hurricanes

 

Devils at Rangers

On Thursday night in New York, the Rangers knocked off the Devils 4-0, thanks in part to Igor Shesterkin’s second straight shutout (over three nights) against New Jersey.

Interesting stat: the road team in this head-to-head series is 6-1 in the last seven games. Perhaps the edge in this team leans towards the Devils?

The Rangers have quietly climbed into the postseason picture, so perhaps they are a dark horse if they enter the Stanley Cup tournament? Check out the latest numbers on our Sports Interaction Futures Board.

Pick: Devils

 

Written by David Bastl, who co-hosts Inside the Lines brought to you by Sports Interaction, Canada’s Sportsbook, Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on The Sportsnet Radio Network.

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