Welcome back to HNIC Coast To Coast! Every week, Canada Sports Betting goes through the seven Canadian National Hockey League teams and sees where they stand in the weekend’s hockey schedule. Six of the seven Canadian teams look to pick up some points this weekend, across seven games. The Montreal Canadiens have been battling to rise above the .500 mark all season. This Saturday, they look to make their mark against the New York Islanders. The Habs had a rollercoaster week, with a shootout win last Saturday against the Sabres, a regulation loss against the Predators, and a 12-round shootout loss to the Penguins. Sean Monahan has been in good form with three goals and an assist in his last five games, but the team’s overall production has been lacking. On the other hand, the Islanders are currently on their longest winning streak of the season, making for an exciting matchup.
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers’ eight-game winning streak came to an end against the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the Oilers still have reason to feel positive, with Connor McDavid, Evan Bouchard, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, and Leon Draisaitl all performing exceptionally well. Goalie Stuart Skinner has also shown significant improvement in save percentage. This weekend, the Oilers will take on the Florida Panthers, who are hungry for a win after being shut out twice in a row. The game promises to be an intense battle.
In other Canadian NHL action on Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks will play against the Minnesota Wild in a bid to extend their winning streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that holds added significance as Kyle Dubas, the former Leafs general manager, returns to Toronto with the Penguins. The Calgary Flames aim to avoid their fifth consecutive loss as they go up against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Ottawa Senators will match up against the Vegas Golden Knights, as they look to improve their record on the road. All games are expected to offer exciting matchups and potential upsets. We can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!