NHL Games & Odds Recap: Weekend of March 11th and 12th, 2023

Another Action-Packed Hockey Weekend

NHL NIGHT IN REVIEW: Weekend of March 11th and 12th, 2023

The Push for the Playoffs is officially on now with less than a month of action in the National Hockey League’s regular season, and with a whopping 15 games on Saturday and six games on Sunday, we have a lot to cover in this weekend’s NHL Weekend games and recap, which saw some interesting matchups and results for the bettors. Let’s take a deeper look into this past weekend’s NHL latest game scores.


Flyers logoFlyers at PenguinsPenguins logo

Results: Pitt wins 5-1
NHL Over/Under: 6.5 Under -110, PHI +225/Pitt -275

Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan became the 40th coach in National Hockey League history to reach 400 career victories on Saturday afternoon as Pittsburgh beat their in-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers by a final of 5-1. Forwards Mikael Granlund and Jake Guentzel each scored a goal and an assist, while Marcus Johansson notched two assists and goaltender Casey DeSmith made 30 saves on 31 shots faced to earn his 20th victory of the season.

The Penguins have now won six of their last eight games, while earning at least a point in seven of those eight contests. Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart made 27 saves on 31 shots faced despite the losing effort. The Flyers have now lost five straight games on the road and eleven of their last thirteen games overall.

Capitals logoCapitals at IslandersIslanders logo

Results: WSH wins 5-1
NHL Over/Under: 5.5 Over -115, WSH +110/NYI -130

The Washington Capitals picked up just their fourth victory in the last 13 contests with a 5-1 road win over the New York Islanders as short underdogs on Saturday night. The Caps fired off three goals in the third period, with forward Anthony Mantha’s eleventh goal of the season being the game-winner early in the frame.

Defenseman Rasmus Sandin notched three assists, while defensive pair mate Trevor van Riemsdyk picked up a pair of assists as well. The Islanders saw their five-game point streak snapped with the loss in regulation, and as of press time, New York sits in the second and final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with 76 points, three points ahead of the Florida Panthers and just two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first spot.

Jets logoJets at PanthersPanthers logo

Results: WPG wins 5-4 in Overtime
NHL Over/Under: 6.5 Over -110, WPG +115/FLA -135

Forward Mark Scheifele scored two goals, including the game-winner with less than thirty seconds in overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night as short road underdogs, a much needed pair of points to stay within the third and final playoff spot in the Central Division standings.

Forwards Kyle Connor, Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikolaj Ehlers each picked up three points as the Jets, along with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, now sit in third place in the Central Division with 79 points, one ahead of the Colorado Avalanche. Florida’s three-game winning streak came to an end, but the Panthers have earned points in five of their last six games with their next contest coming on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Oilers logoOilers at Maple LeafsMaple Leafs logo

Results: TOR wins 7-4
NHL Over/Under: 7 Over +105, EDM +105/TOR -125

Superstar Connor McDavid scored his 55th goal for the Edmonton Oilers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a tough second period rally from the Toronto Maple Leafs, who win 7-4 as short home favorites on Saturday night. Goaltender Matt Murray picks up his first victory in net since January 11th, making 24 saves on 28 shots faced. Forward Noel Acciari and John Tavares each scored two goals while Auston Matthews scored his 30th goal of the season as part of the four-goal explosion for Toronto in the middle frame. Winger Leon Draisaitl scored his 42nd goal of the year and the aforementioned McDavid also notched two assists along with his goal for the Oilers, who had their brief two-game win streak snapped, but have earned at least one point in four of their last six games overall.


Hurricanes logoHurricanes at DevilsDevils logo

Results: NJ wins 3-0
NHL Over/Under: 6 Under -110, CAR -110/NJ -110

In a highly anticipated matchup of Metropolitan Division powers, the New Jersey Devils handed the Carolina Hurricanes their second straight loss in as many days, with goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopping all 32 shots faced for the 3-0 shutout victory on Sunday afternoon.

It’s the third shutout for the 27-year old Czechia native and the ninth of his career. Forward Jesper Bratt scored a pair of goals while Jack Hughes notched his 37th goal of the season for the Devils, who now have won three consecutive games.

Carolina has been held to one goal in their last three contests after back-to-back shutouts over the weekend. In the previous 63 games played, Carolina had only been shutout twice this season. New Jersey now is tied with Carolina for the top spot in the Metro Division with the win, while having one game in hand over the Hurricanes.

Rangers logoRangers at PenguinsPenguins logo

Results: Pitt wins 3-2 in Overtime
NHL Over/Under: 6.5 Under -120, NYR +115/PIT -130

Veteran defenseman Kris Letang fired a rocket past goaltender Jaroslav Halak on the power-play in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins take down the New York Rangers 3-2 as short home favorites on Sunday afternoon. Forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each picked up two assists while Jason Zucker scored his 24th goal of the season.

Goalie Tristan Jarry made 33 saves on 35 shots faced to earn his 20th victory on the year. New York has earned at least one point in three straight games and in five of their last seven games overall. Pittsburgh still holds on to the top Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with 78 points, just two points ahead of the New York Islanders, but still six points behind the Rangers for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Other News & Notes Around The League

  • The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings split a home and home series over the weekend, with the Bruins setting the National Hockey League record for the fastest team to reach 50 victories in a season on Saturday’s 3-2 win over Detroit at home. The Red Wings returned the favor with 5-3 home final in a game where Detroit nearly blew their 4-0 lead in the third period. Boston forward David Pastrnak scored his 46th goal of the season to cut the lead to 4-3, before Red Wings forward Andrew Copp chipped in the empty net goal for insurance, to give the Bruins just their tenth regulation loss of the year.
  • Winger Brayden Point scored two goals to bring his season total to 43 as the Tampa Bay Lighning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, closing as massive -500 home favorites. Former Blackhawk Brandon Hagel scored the insurance goal with two seconds left on the empty net. Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 34 saves on 36 shots faced despite the losing effort for Chicago, who have now dropped three straight games and seven of their last eight overall.
  • Forward Patrick Kane scored his second goal with the New York Rangers in front of friends and family in his native city of Buffalo as the Blueshirts beat the Sabres 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night. Linemate Artemi Panarin netted the game-winner just two minutes into the extra frame to give the Rangers their tenth win in the last 11 meetings against Buffalo, while the Sabres have lost four straight games in the midst of a tight Wild Card race in the Eastern Conference.
  • Goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped all 33 shots faced to earn his first shutout as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights and the 58th shutout in his storied career as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 as +185 road underdogs. Forwards Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, Paul Cotter and Brett Howden all scored for the Golden Knights, who have now won five of their last six games overall.
  • Defenseman Cale Makar roofed a backhand shot past Coyotes goalie Connor Ingram just 98 seconds into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 home win over Arizona. Forward Nathan MacKinnon scored his tenth goal in as many games on the power-play in the second period for the Avs, along with picking up an assist on the winning tally in overtime. Arizona has now lost four of their last six games overall, while Colorado picked up just their second win in the last six games.
  • Goalie Akira Schmid made 29 saves over 30 shots faced as the New Jersey Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night as heavy road favorites. Forward Nico Hischier scored a goal and an assist while defenseman Dougie Hamilton picked up his eighth assist in the last seven games. Winger Tomas Tatar scored his first goal since March 1st as the Devils have now earned at least one point in seven of their last eight games overall.
  • Forwards Nazem Kadri, Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund and defenseman Rasmus Anderson combined for eight points as the Calgary Flames beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Sunday night as home favorites. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves on 31 shots faced to pick up his 18th victory of the season. Calgary is still five points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second and final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 73 points.
  • Nashville earned dramatic victories in both of their games over the weekend, with the Predators beating the Los Angeles Kings by a 2-1 final score in a shootout on Saturday evening, then following up with a 5-4 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. Forward Tommy Novak was the star both nights with three goals scored in two games, including the overtime winner on Sunday, along with an assist. The 25-year old, Saint Paul, Minnesota native has ten goals and 14 points on the season for Nashville, who currently sits seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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