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It was a crazy weekend of NHL action, both on and off the ice. While Brendan Lemieux was trying to cannibalize Brady Tkachuk’s hand in a fight, the Montreal Canadiens decided to get rid of most of their executives, including general manager Marc Bergevin.

How much those big moments will impact on-ice results is unknown so far, but it’ll be interesting to see it all play out.

Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings -260

For whatever reason, the Boston Bruins continue to get decent results but fail to build much lasting momentum. They’re not in danger of falling out of playoff contention by any means, but they’re not establishing themselves as contenders either.

They still boast the third-best expected goals for percentage in the league this season, but just the 15th-best goal differential. It’s possible that the Bruins fly a little under the radar all season long and surprise someone in the playoffs, but with the Red Wings being one of the challengers for the Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins should be very motivated for this one.

The Red Wings meanwhile, have been a bottom-10 team by the underlying numbers, but keep squeaking out wins thanks to their top-end talent and excellent youngsters like Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider. They have proven that they’re not an easy game, but the Bruins are better, and should win this one.

Washington Capitals defeat Florida Panthers +130

This is a tough one because both teams have been incredible this season. I truly believe that come playoff time it will be the Panthers who are true contenders, but the Capitals are so red hot, you’d be crazy not to bet on them.

Something special is happening with Alex Ovechkin right now, having the best start to any season of his career at 36 years old while chasing Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record. The Capitals look more determined to make noise this season than any since they won the Stanley Cup.

Eventually, with an older roster, you expect that enthusiasm to die off a little bit, but for right now just enjoy the ride.

On top of playing extremely well at even strength and having a very strong penalty kill, the Capitals are also a very disciplined team, taking the second-fewest infractions per game of any team in the league. This game is basically a toss up, but going with the hot team is the smart choice.

Minnesota Wild defeat Arizona Coyotes by 2+ goals -135

It’s pretty fun that a team that has prototypically been built around defense is now one of the highest scoring teams in the league, but in case you missed the memo, the Minnesota Wild are fun now.

The writing was on the wall last year when Kirill Kaprizov took his division by storm, but they’re even better now after a shockingly dominant start to the season from Ryan Hartman of all people.

The Coyotes meanwhile, are one of the worst defensive clubs in the league, and will be playing on the second-half of a back-to-back with travel. This one is cued right up for the red-hot Wild.

Dallas Stars defeat Carolina Hurricanes +100

As great as the Hurricanes are, some regression to the mean was bound to happen after the brilliant start to the season that they had. You just can’t win every game in a league filled with so much parity.

With both Brett Pesce and Tony DeAngelo on the COVID protocol list this week, the Hurricanes are shorthanded on defense, and have been dropping games more often while that aforementioned regression kicks them in the shins a little.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are rebounding a little bit in a positive direction, winners of four straight games as they creep closer to a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Defenseman Miro Heiskanen leads them in scoring after slow starts from their highly paid triumvirate of Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn, but the ageless Joe Pavelski has continued to form a dominant line with Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz.