The Dallas Stars are battling for a playoff spot and need all the help they can get. The team placed right wing Alexander Radulov on injured reserve last week with an upper-body injury, but because the move was retroactive a few days it’s possible Radulov could return on Tuesday. Radulov, 33, has 15 goals and 16 assists in 52 games this season. Here’s a look at two intriguing matchups around the NHL this week. Check back for NHL Betting odds.
NHL Betting Picks of the Week – February 17th Edition
Toronto at Pittsburgh
- When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET (NBC Sports Network)
The Leafs are off a 5-2 loss in Buffalo on Sunday in the second of a back-to-back. Frederik Andersen allowed five goals on 36 shots in the defeat. The Leafs’ play was uninspiring all night long, which was most evident during a minute and a half span in the third period which saw the score go from a 2-2 tie to a 5-2 deficit for the Leafs. Andersen now owns a 24-11-6 record with a 2.93 goals-against average and .908 save percentage during the 2019-20 campaign. Egor Korshkov scored his first goal in his NHL debut. He was just called up from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
Pittsburgh won its second in a row Sunday, 5-1 over Detroit. Sidney Crosby notched one goal and one assist. Crosby set up a power-play goal by Kris Letang, which gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead, and he scored his 11th goal of the season during the second period. He has two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak. Patric Hornqvist had two goals and one assist. Hornqvist has 14 goals and 26 points in 40 games this season.
These teams have met only once thus far, a 6-1 Penguins win on Nov. 16. Dominik Kahun scored two goals and matched a career-high with three points, and 10 Penguins recorded points in the win. Bryan Rust also had a three-point game, with a short-handed goal and two assists. Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist. Malkin recorded his 18th multi-point game against the Maple Leafs. In 38 games against Toronto, he has 22 goals and 64 points.
Sidney Crosby was out injured. Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won 10 of their last 14 home games against Toronto. Jason Spezza scored for Toronto. Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 31 shots for Toronto in his NHL debut.
Boston at Edmonton
- When: Wednesday, 8:30 PM ET (RSN)
Possible Stanley Cup Finals preview, although the Oilers will be missing the best all-around player in hockey for this matchup and for a while longer.
That’s Connor McDavid. He’s out with a left quad injury. McDavid was placed on the injured list retroactive to Feb. 9 last week. He was originally projected to miss two-to-three weeks. The Edmonton captain has amassed 30 goals and 81 points in 55 games this season. There is some talk he could be back this week but it won’t be by Wednesday.
Even with McDavid sidelined, Oilers superstar Leon Draisaitl continues to play at an MVP level. Draisaitl bagged three points Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes, giving him 10 in four games with McDavid sidelined and extending his lead in the league scoring race. Draisaitl now has 95 points (34 goals, 61 assists) on the season – 13 points clear of the pack.
Boston enters having won three in a row following a 3-1 victory at the Rangers on Sunday. Brad Marchand picked up an assist the win. Marchand has produced five assists during a three-game point streak. Marchand has registered at least 51 assists for three straight seasons. He has also chipped in 23 goals over 60 games this season to give him 74 points.
With Tampa Bay – winners of 10 straight – hot on their heels, the Bruins have put together a fine streak of their own with nine wins in 10 games since returning from the bye week. The Bruins sit 3 points ahead of the Lightning for first place in the NHL.
These teams met on Jan. 4 in Boston and the Oilers prevailed 4-1. Darnell Nurse and Gaetan Haas each had a second-period goal off poor Boston plays, and McDavid added an insurance score in the third. Leon Draisaitl added an empty-net goal. Nurse’s goal with 6.3 seconds left in the second gave the Oilers a 2-1 edge. Mike Smith made 35 saves. David Pastrnak scored for Boston and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves.
NHL Betting Expert Picks for the Week
Back Penguins and Bruins.