Washington Capitals versus New Jersey Devils
This match up is a battle against 2-0 teams. The Capitals lost to the Devils as a home favorite on September 27, but it’s their first regular season match up this season. The Capitals hold a -0.40 to -10.15 edge on the Team Strength Oscillator, but both have a “hot” status due to their quick starts. Washington also holds a +28 to +14 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and are second in Team Volatility. Look for the Capitals to take care of business on the road and narrowly edge the Devils.
New York Rangers versus Columbus Blue Jackets
The Rangers are struggling out of the gate at 1-2, while the Blue Jackets are even at 1-1. Columbus took three out of the five meetings between the teams last year, all as an underdog. The Rangers are “dead” status at -4.19 on the Team Strength Oscillator, while Columbus is -2.32 but “hot” at the moment. Columbus also holds a huge +17 to +4 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and are second in Team Volatility. I see Columbus continuing the Rangers’ woes, winning this at home.
Anaheim Ducks versus Colorado Avalanche
The Ducks enter this contest having the Avalanche’s number, winning all three meeting last season. The Ducks enter 10th in Team Volatility. Both teams have an “average down” status on the Team Strength Oscillator, although the Ducks have a considerable +9.96 to -8.86 edge. Both are also on the decline on the Power Ranking Indicator, with the Ducks holding a slight edge. I see the Ducks taking this one in a tight contest, perhaps an overtime win.
Ottawa Senators versus Calgary Flames
The Senators come in looking to reverse last season’s fortunes against the Flames, losing both contests as home favorite and road dog. Both teams are struggling in teams of the Team Strength Oscillator, Flames having an “ice cold up” status, while the Senators are “dead”. Calgary has a slight edge also in terms of Power Ranking Indicator at +16 to +12. The Senators have much to prove in this one, but I don’t see them getting past Calgary on the road.
Detroit Red Wings versus Vegas Golden Knights
Both teams enter undefeated, which is impressive for the Knights, who are a first year NHL franchise. They are +3.55 and average on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Red Wings are only -3.53 on the same oscillator, but are hot at the moment. In terms of the Power Ranking indicator, the Knights hold a significant 10 point advantage there. Detroit has been one of the best NHL franchises for many years, but I see the newly formed Golden Knights taking this one to stay hot.
Florida Panthers versus Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins won all three meetings between the two teams last season and come in with a slight advantage according to the oscillators. They are -0.16 on the Team Strength Oscillator compared to -2.96 for the Panthers. They are also ahead on the Power Ranking Indicator, +18 to +4. Florida is tied for tenth in Team Volatility and as likely underdog status, which favors betting on the Penguins. Pittsburgh should win this win and in a rather comfortable fashion.
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