NHL picks: 4 best bets for Tuesday night
Andrew Berkshire provides his best NHL picks and predictions for Tuesday night's action.
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The trade deadline has finally passed, and we’ve got some massive names on new teams. Claude Giroux makes the Florida Panthers’ league-leading offence even more dangerous, Marc-Andre Fleury could stabilize the Minnesota Wild’s goaltending issues, and Mark Giordano makes the Jake Muzzin injury situation for the Toronto Maple Leafs much more manageable. There’s so much to go through, so let’s get into it.
The hottest goal scorer in the NHL is one of the hardest working veterans in the game. Perron is a full-on hockey nerd, going in depth using analytics to constantly refine his game and extend the prime years of his career.
After looking like he had taken a big step back with the Oilers and Penguins, Perron has pushed himself back near point-per-game territory in his early 30s, not something most can accomplish.
He's hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth time in his career and for the third time in the last four seasons, with 19 goals last year in only 56 games. The gritty, intelligent right winger is as good a bet as any to notch another one on Tuesday.
The greatest goal scorer of all time had a bit of a relative slump through the middle of the season after starting out red-hot, but the Great 8 has been back at it again in March, scoring eight goals in nine games.
On pace for the ninth 50-goal season of his career, Ovechkin is unsurprisingly shooting more than any other player in the NHL over the last month, a sure sign that he’s pushing the envelope again.
In a battle of the titans around the top of the East, and a very possible Eastern Conference final preview, both teams are looking for a bit of a spark after going .500 over their last 10 games.
While the Hurricanes have been more unlucky than bad, consistently outplaying teams during this stretch of mediocre results, the Lightning have fallen off considerably, relying on elite shooting talent and goaltending to scrape out wins for them.
The addition of Brandon Hagel and Nick Paul might be a big boost for the Lightning, but considering the way that team operates and the success they’ve had, I almost expect them to wait to start ramping things up until close to the end of the season. They’ve proven they can just turn it on and win.
Right now however, Carolina is playing better hockey, and while I think Andrei Vasilevskiy is better overall, Frederik Anderson has been better this season.
While the Islanders still aren’t great, their captain is finally returning to the scoring form that saw him score 40 goals in 2017-18. An elite level battler at the net front, Lee has hand-eye coordination and the ability to jam in pucks from short distance that’s only rivaled by the Joe Pavelskis of the world. With a big frame and a nose for the net, Lee is tough to knock off the puck and even tougher to beat to a loose puck in the crease area.
While he’s shooting the lights out with nine goals in March, pushing the Islanders to be competitive in a lost season, Lee scoring is a strong bet.