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Another busy weekend looms in the NHL with plenty of games to look forward to as the regular season continues, including the Vegas Golden Knights’ trip to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Vegas Golden Knights at Tampa Bay Lightning predictions
The Golden Knights are top of the Pacific Division with, at the time of writing, a three-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.
However, it’s not been a great start to 2022 for Peter DeBoer’s side as they lost four of their first five games in January before needing an overtime winner to see off the Montreal Canadiens, who are bottom of the Atlantic Division, 4-3 on Friday.
Shea Theodore scored the decisive goal against the Canadiens, his eighth of the season, and Jonathan Marchessault was also on target, racking up his 19th of the campaign - so those two will be dangerous against Tampa Bay, who are second in the Atlantic Division.
The Lightning rebounded from their 5-1 defeat against the Anaheim Ducks with a 7-1 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, which left them on the same amount of points as division leaders the Florida Panthers, and this looks like being a very close contest at the Amalie Arena.
Bet: Vegas Golden Knights at Tampa Bay Lightning odds
Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers predictions
On Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers, who are currently top of the Metropolitan Division, host a Minnesota Wild side who are fourth in the Central Division.
The Rangers were beaten 6-3 by the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday but bounced back with a 7-3 success over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday and will expect to get the better of Minnesota this weekend.
Winger Chris Kreider registered three goals and one assist against the Coyotes and, at the time of writing, has 29 goals for the season with a shot percentage of 22.1. The Rangers have also won a joint-division-high of 29 games this season and will be confident of another victory, despite the Wild’s recent impressive form.
Dean Evason’s side made it two wins on the spin against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday with their 4-3 success following on from their 5-1 win the day before, and they have racked up five wins from their first seven games of the year.
Kirill Kaprizov is their leading points-scorer with 47 (30 goals, 17 assists), while the Rangers will also have to be wary of Ryan Hartman, who has 18 goals, and Marcus Foligno, who has chipped in with 16 this season.
Bet: Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers odds
Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins predictions
The Penguins made it five wins on the trot when they overcame the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Sunday and will be out to maintain their fine form when they host the Red Wings on Saturday.
Pittsburgh are currently second in the Metropolitan Division and have often relied on Jake Guentzel this season with his figures of 21 goals and 19 assists standing out on their roster. However, the winger failed to get on the scoresheet on Sunday from his five shots on goal and he will be looking to make amends at the weekend.
Detroit are on a two-game losing streak, going down narrowly 5-4 to the Dallas Stars on Saturday before being on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline against the Nashville Predators. Detroit are fifth in the Atlantic Division and have been plagued by inconsistency in recent weeks, they have a 3-4-3 record in their last 10 games and have conceded 14 times in their last five.
Bet: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins odds
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