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NHL Tips: New York Rangers @ Chicago Blackhawks (Thursday, 0100 GMT)
Chicago Blackhawks are in danger of missing out on the play-offs this season if they don’t get their act together pretty quickly. The Hawks find themselves in seventh position in the Central Division and have only won one of their last seven NHL matches. Their last win was a stunning 8-4 success over Calgary Flames on February 15, but they were unable to back that up as they went down 3-2 away against Winnipeg Jets. The Rangers are seventh in the Metropolitan Division and have just seen a run of four successive victories come to an end. They come into this game on the back of a 3-1 loss at home to Boston Bruins. This will be the first time these two have met this season and it’s must-win for both of them.
NHL Tips: Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals (Friday, 00:00 GMT)
Washington Capitals will be looking to go back to the top of the Metropolitan Division with victory over Montreal Canadiens. The Capitals have dropped down to second place with Pittsburgh Penguins taking over as the Division leaders. Washington have one just one of their last five matches and are currently on a two-game losing streak. Their last victory was a 3-2 success over Colorado Avalanche on February 13. They were then turned over 3-1 against Arizona Coyotes and come into this game on the back of a 3-2 on the road loss against Vegas Golden Knights. Montreal find themselves in sixth position in the Atlantic Division and they have lost five straight matches. Their last victory was on February 6 when they beat Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime. They have failed to win since then and come into this game on the back of a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Detroit Red Wings. These two have already met twice this season with both teams winning a game. The Canadiens took the first game 5-2 back in November, while Washington recorded a 4-2 win in their second game on January 27. Both teams are not in great form, but we expect quite a few goals.