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NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Pasta on Menu in Boston

The NHL regular season is winding down with 13 of the 16 spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs accounted for. One wild card slot in the Western Conference and two in the Eastern Conference will be up for grabs.

Linus Ullmark and the Boston Bruins are dominating the NHL news as they have a chance to set NHL records for wins and points in a season. Ullmark could also win the goaltending triple crown by posting the most wins, best save percentage, and top goals-against average. He has also been a regular on the Who’s Hot list and makes it once again.

Dmitri Orlov #81 (L) of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring against the Calgary Flames during the first period of an NHL game
Dmitri Orlov #81 (L) of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring against the Calgary Flames during the first period of an NHL game - Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP

Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Boston’s David Pastrnak are no strangers to the Who’s Hot list either.

The Bruins continue to lead the way at +350 in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title, according to the NHL predictions.

Those making NHL picks might want to keep reading for information on the hottest forwards, defensemen, and goaltenders in the NHL, as well as those players recently struggling.

Who’s Hot

Forwards

  • Matt Boldy, Minnesota Wild: Boldy has 11 goals over his last nine games with 10 of them coming at even strength. Two of those have been game-winning tallies as the Wild are fighting with Dallas and Colorado for the Central Division title.

Boldy had his 30th goal of the season in a shootout loss to Vegas on Monday and assisted on the only goal in Thursday’s loss to Pittsburgh.

  • Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers: While teammate Connor McDavid is running away with the NHL scoring title and is the overwhelming favorite according to the Las Vegas odds to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the MVP, Draisaitl leads the NHL with 16 points (seven goals and nine assists) over the last nine games.

He has four goals and four assists on the power play during that time for the playoff-bound Oilers.

Even with his 13-game point streak ending during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Anaheim, Draisaitl is second in the NHL with 123 points.

  • David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins: Pastrnak keeps inching closer to the 60-goal mark and continues to score clutch goals for the best team in the NHL.

Pastrnak scored in overtime as the Bruins topped division-rival Toronto on Thursday to extend their winning streak to four games. Pastrnak has the game-winner in three of those games with two coming in overtime.

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Pastrnak now has 57 goals as he looks to become the first Bruins player since Phil Esposito to score 60 goals in a season. Esposito accomplished the feat four times in a five-season span in the 1970s.

Pastrnak has points in each of his last six games with six goals and an assist during that stretch. When looking at the sportsbook, he is the closest thing to competition to Edmonton’s McDavid when it comes to the Hart Memorial Trophy odds.

Defensemen

  • Justin Faulk, St. Louis Blues: There won’t be any playoff runs for the St. Louis Blues but that hasn’t stopped Faulk from piling up the points.

He had four straight multi-point games recently. Over the last 11 games, he is tied among NHL defensemen with 13 points while his +13 defensive rating is also tied for the top mark among defensemen.

Those who bet online might be interested to know that the Blues are 6-1 in the last seven games when Faulk has at least one point. He has been +2 or better in five of his last six games.

  • Brandon Montour, Florida Panthers: Florida faces an uphill climb to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs after leading the NHL with 58 wins and 122 points a season ago. Montour is doing whatever he can to get Florida into the postseason.

He is coming off a four-point game in a win over Ottawa. He has two goals and eight assists over the last five games. One of those goals came in overtime against Toronto.

Montour had a career-best 48 points last season. He is currently at 71 points (with 15 goals) and counting.

  • Devon Toews, Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar is not the only star defenseman for the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

With Makar slowed by injury late in the regular season, Toews has taken on an even larger role. In three games played in April, he has been on the ice for 11 even-strength goals scored by Colorado and just one goal scored by the opposition. He was +5 in Thursday’s win over San Jose and has one minus number over his last 12 games.

The Avalanche is 10-2 in the last 12 games when Toews has at least one point.

Justin Faulk #72 of the St. Louis Blues
Justin Faulk #72 of the St. Louis Blues – Bruce Bennett/Getty Images /AFP

Goalies

  • Filip Gustavsson, Minnesota Wild: Gustavsson is 3-0-1 with a .950 save percentage in the last four games.

Gustavsson had a three-game stretch when he stopped 111 of 115 shots and registered 47 saves in an overtime win against the New Jersey Devils and 42 more in a win over defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado.

  • Alex Lyon, Florida Panthers: Who would have thought that when the Florida Panthers were making a playoff push, the former Yale star would be in goal?

He is 5-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average in his last six games. The last time out, Lyon stopped 56 of 58 shots in a 7-2 win over Ottawa as he won his fifth straight game.

  • Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins: Ullmark, listed by the Las Vegas odds as the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy, has stopped 147 of 154 shots over his last five games. He has a 1.39 goals-against average during that stretch as he continues to lead the NHL in wins (38), goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.937).

He stopped 40 of 41 shots in a win over Ottawa and made 35 saves the last time out against Columbus.

Who’s Not

Forwards

  • Ross Colton, Tampa Bay Lightning: Colton has no goals over his last 10 games and is also -4 during that stretch,

The Lightning is 2-5 when Colton is held without a point and 5-0-3 when he scores a goal, so getting more offense will be key for a Tampa Bay team seeking to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the fourth season in a row.

  • Seth Jarvis, Carolina Hurricanes: Jarvis has been held without a goal for 21 straight games as the former first-round pick has registered 45 shots on goal during that drought.

He does have four assists in that stretch with the Hurricanes going 4-0 in the last four games when he has at least one point.

  • Isac Lundestrom, Anaheim Ducks: Lundestrom has no goals and no assists over his last 17 games. He also has a -5 rating in the last nine games.

Lundestrom scored a career-high 16 goals last season. However, he has just four goals and 10 assists in 57 games.

Defensemen

  • Tony DeAngelo, Philadelphia Flyers: DeAngelo has posted a negative plus/minus marks in four straight games. Even when he had a goal and an assist against Ottawa, he finished -1 in the overtime loss as that started a four-game losing streak for the Flyers.

DeAngelo had 12 points in January to go with a +2 rating. Since then, he is -17.

  • Caleb Jones, Chicago Blackhawks: Jones doesn’t have a positive plus/minus rating over his last 11 games. He has one goal and one assist as Chicago has gone 1-10 during that stretch. He is also -8 in those games.
  • Patrik Nemeth, Arizona Coyotes: Nemeth, playing for his fourth team in the last three seasons, has no goals in 73 games this season.

He doesn’t have a point in his last 13 games. Over his last four games, Nemeth has a -9 defensive rating and will miss the playoffs for just the second time in the last six seasons.

Tony DeAngelo #77 of the Philadelphia Flyers
Tony DeAngelo #77 of the Philadelphia Flyers – Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP

Goalies

  • John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson is 0-6-1 over his last seven games after allowing five goals on 36 shots in a 6-0 loss to the playoff-bound Edmonton Oilers. It hasn’t helped that the Ducks scored one goal or less in four of the last five games played by Gibson.
  • Michael Hutchinson, Columbus Blue Jackets: Playing in front of a leaky Columbus defense is not a recipe for success.

Hutchinson has allowed 12 goals on 73 shots over the last two games. He has allowed at least five goals three times in his last four appearances.

  • Kaapo Kahkonen, San Jose Sharks: Kahkonen has one win in his last 13 games.

He has a 4.27 goals-against average and a save percentage of .879 during that span. He has allowed at least four goals in eight of his last nine games.

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