Hockey Night in Canada preview - March 24th
Friday, March 23, 2018
Hockey Nigth in Canada
Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs had a statement win on Thursday when they defeated the Nashville Predators in the Country City. It was Auston Matthews first game from a month-long absence and he scored an amazing goal. The Maple Leafs are playing real strong hockey right now. They look in total sync and could be dangerous during the playoffs. The only concern is Freddy Andersen’s fatigue level. Still atop the NHL for goalies with most wins over 40 saves, Andersen looks tired as of late and has been vocal in the media about it. Toronto has offensive production from nearly everybody and will look to continue against once great rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. The Buds’ must stay alert and be aware not to fall asleep against an opponent that has nothing to lose.
Detroit Red Wings
It’s not a secret, the Detroit Red Wings can’ t score goals. They have a great group of young forwards, but with no defensemen that can move the puck up ice efficiently, it’s hard for those young guns to pass the red line in full stride. They will face a much better team in Toronto, but could benefit from some turnovers if the Leafs become to cute with the pucks. The Wings are an injured prey for the Buds’, but nothing is settle before the last horn. A few games back, they gave Boston a ride in a Bruins’ win by the score of 6-5. It would be fun to see a good game on Saturday, and let’s hope that this once heated rivalry heats up again.
Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are fighting for their ticket for a Spring date. Currently ahead by a single point of their divisional rivals, the Anaheim Ducks, LA can’t afford to drop any point against a weak Oilers squad. The Kings will look to improve their numbers on the PWP against the Oilers’ last PK in the NHL. Drew Dougthy will probably be tasked to cover Connor McDavid who is now shooting for the Art Ross. It’s a huge responsibility for the defenseman who hasn’t looked good against McDavid in their past confrontations. Also, the entire Oilers’ roster will be looking for McDavid for the rest of the year so he can collect more points and add another scoring title to his resume.
Edmonton won’t go down without a fight. Although they should lose and improve their odds for Rasmus Dahlin, the Oilers’ players are doing everything they can to help Connor McDavid win the Art Ross trophy. Number 97 has been electric in his confrontations with the Kings and will look to do some damage agin on Saturday. He will likely be macth against Dre Dougthy, but head coach Todd McLellan will have the luxury to shield McDavid from his opponent since the Oilers will have the last chance. Look for Kopitar and Dougthy to play on separate unit to maximize McDavid’s coverage.