The NHL picture has been set for tonight and there are a lot of awesome games on tap for our picks for Dec 3.  This season is shaping up to be one that is going to keep teams tight in the race toward the postseason and today’s competitions are ready to keep shaking things up.  Expect more than just a few close contests.

Sports Intel Daily Picks Dec 3

The Carolina Hurricanes are desperate.  They threw two games, before winning against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and are going up against the Boston Bruins tonight – not exactly a team that could help them keep their winning streak alive.  The Bruins wiped out the Hurricanes when the two met in the postseason last year in a fight for the Eastern Conference title, sweeping the series, and Boston is still as strong as before.

The Bruins are 8-0-2 in their last ten games and lead the NHL in terms of points percentage.  They’re 19-3-5 on the season, to the Canes with their 16-10-1 record, and are going to bring everything they have tonight.  The Bruins shouldn’t have too much difficulty taking the win.

The Arizona Coyotes have surprised a lot of hockey fans this season and now sit with a 15-9-4 record.  After being able to spend some time on their own ice, they hit the road for a four-game run that will see them first take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.  This should be a simple win for the Coyotes to use as a springboard, bouncing back from the loss they just suffered at the hands of the San Jose Sharks this past weekend.

Columbus is 11-11-4 on the season and hasn’t been able to get things going.  They currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and only one spot away from the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.  About the only bright spot on the team is Gustav Nyquist, who managed to pull off a hat trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins two games back.  However, overall, the offense is suffering and, with several starters out due to injury, Columbus doesn’t look good for the victory so doesn’t make our picks for Dec 3 all things considered.

The Vegas Golden Knights have been relatively silent this season, even though they’ve been able to put the numbers on the board.  Heading into tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils, they’re 14-11-4 and are determined to take their fourth straight victory, especially since a win will help them secure a spot in the playoffs.

The Devils had a rough time in their recent game against the Buffalo Sabres.  Louis Domingue allowed five goals to be scored in the first period alone before he was finally pulled out in favor of MacKenzie Blackwood.  It was too little, too late, though, as the Devils would go on to fall 7-1 in an embarrassing mismatch.  They want to redeem themselves tonight, but things don’t look good for the home team.  New Jersey is going to fall and end up with a 9-14-4 record.

The Minnesota Wild hope to get a little wild tonight as they head to Florida to take on the Panthers.  They’ll have to try something different if they want to improve their road record, which currently sits at 5-10-2, and overcome the fourth-ranked scoring team in the NHL.  This will be the first time that the two teams face off this season.

Brett Connolly and Keith Yandle have been instrumental to the Panthers and are main reasons why the team is now 13-8-5 this season.  Connolly has 12 goals for the team, as well as seven assists, and Yandle has 11 assists over the past ten games.  On the opposite side of the puck, Kevin Fiala and Zach Parise have been strong performers for the Wild, but not strong enough.   Still, this is going to be a tight contest and the Wild should be able to threaten the Panthers in all three periods.  In the end, though, the stronger team will prevail, and it won’t be Minnesota.

That’s it for our daily picks for Dec 3, see you tomorrow folks.