Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (Nov. 28 – Dec. 4)

Posted by Peter Boysen on November 28, 2016 in

With each passing week, things are getting more and more interesting in the NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets have climbed out of the Eastern Conference basement to sit at fourth in the Metropolitan Division and, with 26 points, would hold one of the wild card positions if the season ended today. The Boston Bruins started slowly, then accelerated up the standings, but now have slid back more recently as their offense has largely vanished. In the West, the Blackhawks and Blues are again near the top of the standings — joined by the upstart Oilers but abandoned by the Stars, who have apparently yet to remind either of their goaltenders that the regular season has begun. Take a look at some of our best betting games of the week — and all of our online sports betting odds for the week.

Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (Nov. 28 – Dec. 4)

Tuesday: Boston at Philadelphia (7:30pm ET)

The Philadelphia offense has taken off as of late, particularly with the man advantage, and the Flyers have risen to #2 in the whole league with a 25.0% conversion rate on power plays. They now rank third in the league in goals per game. However, they haven’t been able to link those numbers with consistent wins, as they still give up too many goals. Even so, a 5-3 win over Calgary should give some confidence. The key is more consistent play on the blue line and in net from Steve Mason, who looked so solid in pushing Washington to seven games in the first round of last year’s playoffs but has yet to find his form now.

The Boston offense has gone into the toilet dramatically. However, they did tally four goals in a home win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, and their goals-against average of 2.3 is still fifth-best in the NHL. However, they need to get back to where they were a couple of weeks ago in terms of scoring in buckets. The iffy Philadelphia defense gives them a chance to continue that confidence that the built against Tampa Bay. I like the B’s to win this game, 5-4.

Thursday: Edmonton at Winnipeg (8:00pm ET)

Did you know that last year marked the first time in NHL history that no teams from Canada had made the postseason? The young Edmonton Oilers look poised to end that streak in dramatic fashion (along with the Montreal Canadiens in the East). The Oilers lead the Pacific Division and score 2.9 goals per game, good for seventh in the league. On special teams, they have the league’s third-best penalty kill at 87.7%. Despite taking a disappointing 2-1 loss against Arizona on Sunday, I still like their explosive offense that begins with talented captain Connor McDavid.

The Winnipeg Jets impressed with a thumping 3-0 home win over Nashville on Sunday. However, overall the Jets are a relative mess on defense, ranking 23rd in goals allowed and 25th on the penalty kill. The speedy Oilers should be able to come into Winnipeg and put up 3 or 4 goals. As long as they shore up that defense, I like the Oilers to win, 3-1.