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There are some more intriguing battles to look forward to in the NHL this weekend, with two of the current division leaders well fancied to stamp their authority on the competition.

A close match is also expected between Tampa Bay and San Jose as both teams try to improve their chances of winning the Stanley Cup.

Arizona Coyotes at New York Rangers predictions

The Arizona Coyotes have struggled to maintain the same form they showed last season, and the pressure is on coach Andre Tourigny. After finishing fifth in the West Division last year, the Coyotes were expected to push on, but at the time of writing, they have won only eight games so far.

Unlike the Coyotes, the Rangers have built on their fifth-place finish in the East Division last year and they currently lead the way in the Metropolitan Division, albeit having played more games than all bar one of their rivals.

Chris Kreider is certainly one to watch for the Rangers as he has scored 24 goals so far this season, which puts him fourth in the NHL’s goalscoring charts, with 12 of those goals coming during a powerplay - the league’s second-best tally.

The Rangers have lost only three of 15 games at home in regulation this season and having beaten the Coyotes 3-2 in Arizona last month, they should be able to repeat the feat here.

Bet: Arizona Coyotes at New York Rangers odds

Florida Panthers at Seattle Kraken predictions

The Seattle Kraken were hoping to make a success of their inaugural season, but it has been no surprise to see them struggle, given their lack of time together as a squad.

The Kraken have struggled to string results together under the stewardship of coach Dave Hakstol, and are currently bottom of the Pacific Division, 13 points behind Vancouver immediately above them. Their last success came back on December 15, and they have tasted defeat in all of their games in 2022 so far.

The Florida Panthers are looking like genuine candidates for Stanley Cup glory. They are currently top of the Atlantic Division, level on points with Tampa Bay but having played two games fewer.

The Panthers have scored a league-leading 158 goals and with the Kraken having conceded an NHL-worst aggregate of 138 goals, Sunday’s game could make for a long evening for the newcomers.

Bet: Florida Panthers at Seattle Kraken odds

Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks predictions

Fans could be in for a treat this weekend as the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to the SAP Center to face the San Jose Sharks. The two teams may have different ambitions this season, but both are on course to achieve them.

The Lightning are pushing the Florida Panthers for top spot in the Atlantic Division whilst in the Pacific Division, the Sharks sit fourth at the time of writing and are very much in the hunt for a return to the playoffs, having missed out for the last two seasons.

Coach Jon Cooper has led the Lightning to back-to-back Stanley Cup trophies, but the resurgent Sharks will feel like they can at least take the game to their opponents. Tomas Hertl has scored 20 goals for the Sharks this season which puts him in a tie for seventh in the NHL goalscoring charts, while Erik Karlsson has scored eight, a joint-fourth best tally for all defensemen, with Brent Burns joint-ninth with 22 assists.

Of course, the defending champions have Victor Hedman in their ranks, who leads the league in points for defensemen, and as the Lightning have the NHL’s fourth-best goals tally of 133, San Jose will have to find their best form to match them.

Tampa Bay also hold the advantage in the recent head-to-head stats, having won the last three games between the pair, including the 3-0 win in San Jose the last time the two faced off in February 2020.

Bet: Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks odds

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