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NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Lightning Strikes Again for Kucherov

There are some familiar names on the weekly Who’s Hot list as all three goalies make the cut for the second week in a row and NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov is included yet again.

It is interesting that while the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers have the best NHL odds to win the Stanley Cup, neither are in first place in their respective divisions.

NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Lightning Strikes Again for Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning | Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP

When looking at the NHL news, keep an eye on the trade talks as Sean Monahan, Chris Tanev and Ilya Lyubushkin are among the players on the move.

Led by former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Roman Josi, the Nashville Predators have won seven games in a row, the longest active winning streak in the NHL.

When looking at the NHL odds and predictions, the Edmonton Oilers 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 both 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

1. Tyler Bertuzzi, Toronto Maple Leafs: After a slow start in his first season with the Maple Leafs, Bertuzzi has scored five goals in his last three games.

2. Zach Hyman, Edmonton Oilers: Hyman has scored six times over the last four games. He now has a career-high 40 goals, giving him 103 over the last three seasons with Edmonton after not scoring more than 21 in his six seasons in Toronto.

3. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning: The leading scorer in the NHL has two goals and seven assists over his last four games. He has points in 15 of his last 16 games to push his total to 104 points and is among the front-runners for the Hart Trophy according to the BetUS sportsbook.

 

Defensemen

1. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators: Josi not only has four goals and four assists over his last five games, he is also +10 during that span as Nashville has moved into playoff position in the Western Conference with seven wins in a row.


2. Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg Jets: Morrissey had a recent run with four straight multi-point efforts and 10 assists during a four-game winning streak as the Jets are fighting for the Central Division lead.

3. Travis Sanheim, Philadelphia Flyers: Sanheim has back-to-back multi-point games and has three goals and three assists over his last four games.

 

Goaltenders

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers: Bobrovsky was 6-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average and a save percentage of .946 in February as the Panthers ended the month sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings.

2. Pyotr Kochetkov, Carolina Hurricanes: Kochetkov is 3-0-1 in his last four games as he has stopped 99 of 104 shots during that time for the second-place team in the Metropolitan Division.

3. Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers: Shesterkin has won his last seven starts. He has a 1.72 goals-against average and a save percentage of .953 during that stretch.

 

Who’s Not

 

Forwards

1. Pierre-Luc Dubois, Los Angeles Kings: Dubois has no goals, no assists and a -5 defensive rating as the Kings have dropped three of their last four games.

2. Logan O’Connor, Colorado Avalanche: O’Connor went without a goal in all eight of his games in February and he is -3 over the last three games for the Avalanche.

3. JJ Peterka, Buffalo Sabres: Peterka has been stuck on 19 goals with no goals and one assist over his last eight games. He has been held without a shot on goal in two of his last three games.

 

Defensemen

1. Kaiden Guhle, Montreal Canadiens: One of the young players for the rebuilding Canadiens, Guhle has no points over his last six games and has a -4 plus/minus rating over the last four games.

2. Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars: Lindell has no goals and no assists in his last six games with a -6 defensive rating during that stretch.

3. Darnell Nurse, Edmonton Oilers: Nurse has five straight games with a negative plus/minus rating and he has no goals and just one assist over his last eight games.

 

Goaltenders

1. Jake Allen, Montreal Canadiens: Allen is 0-4-1 with a goals-against average of 4.26 and a save percentage of .864 in his last five games.

2. Lukas Dostal, Anaheim Ducks: Dostal is 0-4 with a 5.10 goals-against average as he has allowed 15 goals on 113 shots over the last six games.

3. Connor Ingram, Arizona Coyotes: Ingram is 0-4-2 and has surrendered 20 goals on 150 shots over the last six games.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who is the leading scorer in the NHL?


Nikita Kucherov’s 104 points are the most in the NHL while Toronto’s Auston Matthews leads the league with 53 goals.

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


The Philadelphia Flyers are 39-20 against the Las Vegas odds followed by the Montreal Canadiens at 38-22 and the Vancouver Canucks at 35-27.

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