My NHL expert picks this week start on Wednesday. Will Florida upset Toronto in Toronto? Or, will the Maple Leafs beat the Panthers? On Friday is a fantastic matchup between rivals Los Angeles and Anaheim. Will the Ducks or Kings take that game on March 30? The final NHL match I like this week has Boston heading to Philly to battle the Flyers. Can the Bruins continue their ascendency atop the Eastern Conference?
NHL Expert Picks March 26th-April 1st
Florida at Toronto
When: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, CA
Analysis: The Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs the last time the two squads met. Florida won the match 3 to 2. It took overtime for the Panthers to get the win. Could Toronto be in line for a revenge victory on March 28?
The Maple Leafs are around 15 games better at home than they are on the road. Surprisingly, Auston Matthews doesn’t lead the Leafs in points. Mitchell Marner does. No Toronto fan is worried, though.
The Leafs are in a solid position at this point in the season. They’re in third place behind Tampa Bay and Boston in the Atlantic Division. It’s difficult to see Florida beating Toronto in this one. I think the Leafs win by at least 2 goals.
Los Angeles at Anaheim
When: Friday, March 30 at 10:00 pm ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Analysis: L.A. versus Anaheim is a great NHL rivalry. The Kings have had the upper hand in recent seasons. However, in the last match between these two, the Ducks beat the Kings 2 to 1. That happened on January 19.
Anaheim and L.A. are both behind San Jose and Vegas in the Pacific Division. This game is an important battle that should go to the Ducks. The reason is because Anaheim has home ice advantage over the Kings.
Boston at Philadelphia
When: Sunday, April 1 at 12:30 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: Who takes it when Boston battles Philadelphia on Sunday? Boston beat Philly 3 to 2 the last time these two NHL squads met. That match took place on March 8, about 3 weeks ago by the time Boston heads to Philadelphia on April 1.
Philadelphia is around 5 to 6 games above .500 in home games. The Flyers almost have the same success at home as they do on the road. That means Philly won’t have a big advantage over the Bruins on their own ice this Sunday.
I think Boston plays well. I’m siding with Boston to get it done on April Fool’s Day.