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NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: 1-2 Punch for Panthers

The Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers are well represented on the weekly Who’s Hot list while Evan Bouchard has helped Edmonton embark on another winning streak.

Defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas is no longer in the top three in the Pacific Division while the reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins are also trending in the wrong direction when it comes to the NHL odds.

NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: 1-2 Punch for Panthers
Anthony Duclair #10 of the San Jose Sharks | Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

When looking at the NHL news, there have been some big names on the move as the trade deadline approaches.

Florida has the longest active winning streak with six consecutive victories while San Jose Sharks have dropped eight games in a row.

When looking at the NHL odds and predictions, the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers are priced at +800 in the odds of winning the Stanley Cup followed by the Colorado Avalanche at +850 and the Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers at +900 in the championship odds.

Keep reading for information on the hottest forwards, defensemen and goalies, as well as players recently struggling, to help with your NHL spread picks.

Who’s Hot

Forwards

  • Anthony Duclair, San Jose Sharks: It isn’t often that a member of the lowly Sharks makes the Who’s Hot list but Duclair has five goals and three assists over the last four games. He has three two-goal games during San Jose’s eight-game losing streak.
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche: MacKinnon has back-to-back four-point games as he has three goals, five assists and 14 shots on goal in wins over Chicago and Detroit. MacKinnon has his second straight 40-goal season and has back-to-back 100-point campaigns as he continues to be among the top candidates according to the BetUS sportsbook in the Hart Trophy odds.
  • Sam Reinhart, Florida Panthers: Reinhart is a major reason why the Panthers have clawed their way to the top of the NHL standings. Reinhart has goals in four straight games to push his career-high total to 45.

 

Defensemen

  • Evan Bouchard, Edmonton Oilers: Bouchard has one goal and five assists during Edmonton’s five-game winning streak. He also has a +8 defensive rating in those games as Edmonton has solidified the No. 2 spot in the Pacific Division.
  • Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars: Heiskanen had a season-high four assists in Tuesday’s 7-6 win over San Jose. He has five assists as Dallas has won three straight games to reclaim the lead in the Central Division.
  • Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche: Another Colorado player makes the Who’s Hot list as he had three goals and an assist in Wednesday’s win over Detroit to give him four goals, two assists and a +5 plus/minus rating over his last two games.

 

Goaltenders

  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers: Bobrovsky has allowed seven goals over his last five games to make this list for the second week in a row. His 1.40 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in those contests have powered the Panthers to the points lead in the NHL standings.
  • Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers: With a 5-1-1 record and 2.15 goals-against average in his last seven games, he has the Rangers holding a six-point lead in the Metropolitan Division standings.
  • Cam Talbot, Los Angeles Kings: Talbot is 4-1-1 with a goals-against average of 1.50 as he has stopped 176 of 185 shots over the last six games.

Who’s Not

Forwards

  • Kaapo Kakko, New York Rangers: After scoring a career-high 18 goals last season, it has been a bit of a lost season for the former No. 2 overall pick. He has no points over his last six games with just eight shots on goal during that span.
  • Dawson Mercer, New Jersey Devils: Mercer has one goal and no assists over his last 10 games. He has been limited to one shot in seven of those contests for the slumping Devils.
  • Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators: Despite having 10 shots on goal over the last three games, Tkachuk has been held without a point as the losing streak for the Senators has been extended to four games.

 

Defensemen

  • Brandon Carlo, Boston Bruins: Carlo is second on the Bruins with a +19 plus/minus rating. However, that number has taken a hit as he has no goals, no assists and a -5 mark as the Bruins have lost five of their last seven games.
  • Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins: Letang has no goals and no assists over his last four games. He is also -4 during that stretch as Pittsburgh has lost three of its last four games.
  • Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings: The second-year defenseman has no goals, no assists and a plus/minus rating of -5 as the Red Wings have lost three games in a row and have been outscored 16-5 in those games.

 

Goaltenders

  • Nico Daws, New Jersey Devils: Daws has allowed eight goals on 27 shots in his two games in March. He has a 6.64 goals-against average and .704 save percentage in March.
  • Adin Hill, Vegas Golden Knights: Hill has one win in his last seven games as the defending Stanley Cup champions have fallen to fourth place in the Pacific Division standings. Hill has a 4.57 goals-against average over the last five games.
  • Kaapo Kahkonen, San Jose Sharks: Kahkonen is 0-4-1 with a save percentage of .843 and a 5.56 goals-against average over his last five games.

 

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Questions Of The Day

Who is the leading scorer in the NHL?


Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov’s 109 points are the most in the NHL while Toronto’s Auston Matthews leads the league with 54 goals.

Which team has the best record against the spread this season?


The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers are 40-22 against the Las Vegas odds followed by the Seattle Kraken at 37-25.

 

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