Past the quarter point of the NHL season, positioning in the conferences for a second half push begins. Buffalo will remain hot in the Eastern Conference, while looks to make a push in the Pacific Division. Note that all information is for games played through November 26.
Buffalo Sabres versus Florida Panthers
The Sabres enter as the hottest team in the league, winners of their last nine. They are on the heels of the Lightning in the Atlantic Division. They hold a +30 to 0 advantage over the Panthers, who are next to last in the division. Not surprisingly, Buffalo is “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator, while Florida is “ice cold up”. Florida has had their way with the Sabres lately, winning the last five games between the teams. Cannot ignore the hot streak and the Sabres should win this win, ending their slide against the Panthers.
New Jersey Devils versus Washington Capitals
Washington sits on the top of the Metropolitan Division and is on a six game winning streak. They hold a +27 to +7 advantage over New Jersey on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Devils have lost three straight, are “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator and are trying to avoid the basement in the division. The teams have split the last six meetings. The Devils have struggled to a 2-9-1 road record this season, which doesn’t bode well against a hot Washington team. The Capitals will win to keep the pressure on Tampa Bay in the division.
Anaheim Ducks versus Carolina Hurricanes
Anaheim is in the middle of the pack in the Pacific Division and are 5-5 over their last ten. They have a slight edge over Carolina on the Power Ranking Indicator, however Carolina is trending better lately, at “average” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Panthers have owned the Ducks, winning the last four games between the teams. It will be difficult for Anaheim to reverse that trend in this one, as they have won only three times on the road this season. Look for the Hurricanes to win this one by a goal or two.
St. Louis Blues versus Colorado Avalanche
The Blues sit at the basement in the Central Division, while the Avalanche look to make a push towards the top. Colorado has won their last four, contributing to their “burning hot” status as opposed to “ice cold down” for St. Louis. The Blues have won four of the last six meetings between the teams, but are just 2-4-2 on the road so far. Colorado is the more stable team, at +2 to -2 for St. Louis on the Team Volatility Oscillator. As a home favorite, this is a good indication to pick the Avalanche. They will win this one in a game decided by the end of the second period.
Los Angeles Kings versus Calgary Flames
The Kings are looking up at the Flamers from the basement of the Pacific Division. Calgary has a +20 to +1 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and have won four of the last six between the teams. Calgary is 6-4 over their last ten and are 7-3-1 at home this season. Los Angeles is 3-6 on the road and “average” status overall. Both teams are relatively stable, at +2 and +1, respectively. It’s difficult to imagine the Kings winning in Calgary, particularly examining the state of the two teams at present time. Calgary will win this, pushing the Kings further in the basement.
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