NHL: Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild lock horns, Los Angeles Kings take on Carolina Hurricanes
There’s never a dull moment in the NHL, and there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend. We will look ahead to three games, including the Los Angeles Kings v Carolina Hurricanes, and the Florida Panthers v Minnesota Wild. We will also check to see how the latest match odds are shaping up.
Los Angeles Kings hoping to keep up hot streak
The Kings have been in a rich vein of form of late. Before their 3-2 defeat to the Winnipeg Jets, they had reeled off seven wins on the trot. At the time of writing, the Kings were fourth in the Pacific Division, with an 8-5-2 record. Before the start of the season, Kings general manager Rob Blake was targeting a playoff spot.
Recently, the Kings have looked formidable, and there is a sense of togetherness in the squad. This point was emphasised by winger Adrian Kempe. He said: “We trust each other, I feel like, more out there, too, and the system, and everything.” Before they take on the Hurricanes, the Kings face the Washington Capitals, and Alexander Ovechkin who is chasing down Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring record.
Carolina Hurricanes looking strong after seeing off Las Vegas Golden Knights
Things are looking rosy at the moment for the Hurricanes. A 4-2 victory over the Golden Knights sees them top the Metropolitan division. It may seem early, but they look like serious contenders to win the Stanley Cup. And the stats make for good reading too – they have the league’s sixth-best offence, and they are number one defensively.
Florida Panthers send message to rivals with rout of New York Islanders
The Panthers were merciless against the Islanders earlier this week. If anything, the Islanders just didn’t show up as they were torn to shreds by the Panthers, and it was probably one of the most lopsided matches of the campaign. Although the Islanders were bereft of Ryan Pulock due to injury, they made things too easy for the Panthers.
Aaron Ekblad relives horror injury for Florida Panthers
Aaron Ekblad’s return from injury has been long and arduous. But after seeing his knee buckle under him earlier this year, the defenceman is virtually back to full fitness. He’s been instrumental this season, and he’s enjoying a fine breakthrough season. The Panthers will be hoping this long continues.
Minnesota Wild hoping to get back on track after San Jose Sharks thrashing
The Wild had been going along nicely, but their recent good form was checked by the Sharks, after they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline. Timo Meier was the thorn in the Wild side, as he chipped in with a goal, and supplied an assist. Wild coach Dean Everson was disappointed.
He admitted his side weren’t at the races, and while he refused to single out any players for blame, he said the performance wasn’t good enough. After the defeat, he said: “We lose 4-1, but there’s not a lot of guys that played well.” Well, they will have to buck up their ideas against the Panthers, who have looked almost unstoppable at times this campaign.
Wild forward Marcus Foligno reckoned his side could have tied the game against the Sharks, but insists his side have to be “smarter” in some situations. He said: “When you don’t have it, you’ve got to play smart, and wait for your feet to get underneath you.”
Montreal Canadiens hoping for redemption after New York Rangers defeat
The Canadians had hoped Cayden Primeau would help turn their fortunes around against the Rangers. Despite stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced, the Canadians slipped to a 3-2 defeat, and they have struggled this season. As things stand, the Canadians are seventh in the Atlantic division, with a 4-12-2 record to boot.
However, the same can’t be said of the Nashville Predators, who are going along nicely in the Central Division. Although they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week, you would expect the Predators to bounce back and deal with the Canadians.
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