DAILY WINNERS & LOSERS

I’m beginning a new daily post where I will be picking the winners of the games for each day. I will also post my daily winning percentage and my season winning percentage. I will start picking games on October 15, 2019.

Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers Winner: Oilers

St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings Winner: Blues

Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks Winner: Kings

San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators Winner: Sharks

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Winner: Isles

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers Winner: Bruins

Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights Winner: Knights

Yesterdays picks 6 of 9 .667 winning percentage

Overall 47 of 85 .553 winning percentage

Record 47-38

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ANAHEIM DUCKS PREVIEW

The Ducks have a lot of new faces. They will have up to 6 players under the age of 23 in the lineup on a regular basis. John Gibson will continue to be strong in goal. The Ducks probably won’t make the playoffs this season but they will be vastly improved from last year’s team.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS PREVIEW

Vegas has a strong core of offensive talent and should challenge for the Pacific Division title. The only real weakness Vegas has is depth on defense. Any significant injuries on defense could be problematic. Marc-Andre Fleury should provide strong play in goal but needs to have his workload reduced.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PREVIEW

The Penguins need to fill the hole on the power play left by the departure of Phil Kessel. The addition of forwards Alex Galchenyuk, Brandon Tanev and Dominik Kahun will help provide offensive depth. The biggest challenge facing the Penguins will be defense. The Penguins defense led the league in number of odd man rushes allowed last season. The early injuries to centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will severely derail any plans for a fast start. Losing the number 2 and 3 centers would hamper the most talented team. The Penguins will just make the playoffs.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES PREVIEW

The Blues only lost forward Pat Maroon and defenseman Joel Edmundson but signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a long-term deal. The Blues are poised to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs. The goaltending puzzle has been solved with the emergence of Jordan Binnington as a true number one goaltender. Considering how far the Blues had to come last year, things should be much smoother as long as they don’t find themselves in such a deep hole like last year. Early season results seem to indicate that the Blues don’t suffer from any Stanley Cup hangover.

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Predictions for the 2019-2020 NHL Regular Season

ATLANTIC DIVISION

  1. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
  2. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
  3. BOSTON BRUINS
  4. FLORIDA PANTHERS
  5. MONTREAL CANADIENS
  6. BUFFALO SABRES
  7. OTTAWA SENATORS

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

  1. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
  2. CAROLINA HURRICANES
  3. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
  4. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
  5. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
  6. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
  7. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
  8. NEW YORK RANGERS

PACIFIC DIVISION

  1. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
  2. CALGARY FLAMES
  3. ARIZONA COYOTES
  4. SAN JOSE SHARKS
  5. ANAHEIM DUCKS
  6. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
  7. EDMONTON OILERS
  8. LOS ANGELES KINGS

CENTRAL DIVISION

  1. ST. LOUIS BLUES
  2. COLORADO AVALANCHE
  3. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
  4. DALLAS STARS
  5. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
  6. WINNIPEG JETS
  7. MINNESOTA WILD

STANLEY CUP FINAL PREDICTION ST. LOUIS BLUES VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS