NHL is doing well into the second half of the 2015-16 regular season, and conference matchups are heating up.

Top NHL Betting Games Of the Week

Written by on February 9, 2016

The NHL is well into the second half of the 2015-16 regular season, and some of the conference matchups are heating up as teams start to vie for the top three slots in each division as well as the conference wild cards. Let’s take a look at some of the key matchups for online bettors this week.

Top Odds for this Week NHL Games

Ottawa at Detroit (Wednesday)

This is a key matchup in the Atlantic Division, as Detroit is in one of the wild card positions (fourth in the division), while Ottawa sits six points back, in sixth in the division and four points out of the wild card race in the East. An oddity of this game is the fact that the Red Wings have a poorer home record (13-10-5) than they do on the road (14-8-3). The Red Wings have been struggling to put goals on the board lately, so if you’re looking for an upset dog, this is a good possibility.

Dallas at Chicago (Thursday)

On Saturday, the Blackhawks delivered a 5-1 whipping to Dallas — in the Stars’ home arena. The Stars responded with a 4-3 win over the Avalanche, but they still aren’t showing signs of battening down the defensive hatches like they did earlier in the season. Thursday’s matchup will show an angry Dallas team that is either likely to score in bunches and post a clean sheet or turn into a video game style in which the goals keep going up on the board. I’d definitely take the over on this one.

Washington at Minnesota (Thursday)

The Capitals took some hits to their reputation as the top team in the East with their loss to Columbus before the break and with some paltry scoring since play resumed. The Wild are looking for a win to continue their climb up the ladder in the West standings — and a statement game. I’m definitely sniffing a home upset for the Wild in this one.

Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders (Thursday)

The Islanders are still looking to be taken seriously in the East, and the Kings are trying to cement their status as a West contender. Both of these teams push the offensive envelope, so like with Chicago and Dallas, I’m looking for the over in this one. Defense may take a back seat as the scoring lines try to take over this one.

Washington at Dallas (Saturday)

The top team in the East travels to the team that considers itself the top team in the West, although they’re looking up at the Blackhawks right now. This game will be another of what looks to be a great series of prize fights in the NHL this week. I’m going to take Dallas to win this one as they look to rebound from an awful January and a ridiculous hide-tanning they took from Chicago last Saturday.