Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (November 14-20)

Posted by Peter Boysen on November 14, 2016 in

This week’s action in the NHL brought a huge win by Chicago over the Montreal Canadiens, a 6-3 stomping of the Philadelphia Flyers by those upstart Toronto Maple Leafs. The young Minnesota Wild also made a statement by doubling up the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2. Let’s take a look at some of this week’s best games from a wagering perspective. Take a look at all of this week’s online betting picks.

Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (November 14-20)

 

Tuesday: New Jersey at Dallas (8:30pm ET)

The Dallas Stars (6-6-4, 16 pts) are slowly clawing their way out of that deep hole in which they started the season, but that 5-4 overtime loss they took in Vancouver Sunday night is emblematic of the problems that the team faces. They can score plenty of goals, but they just can’t get anything done defensively. They permit 3.4 goals per game (#26 in the NHL), and their penalty kill is getting close to being automatic for other teams (76.7%, #27). They also lack a goalie that can make enough big stops to cover for that shoddy coverage among the blueliners.

The New Jersey Devils (8-3-3, 19 pts) doubled up the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, 4-2. While the Devils don’t score much (2.4 goals per game, #23), their defense plays solid hockey night in and night out (2.1 goals permitted per game, #3). I like the opportunistic Devils defense to take pucks away from the Stars and skate through that substandard back line and find enough scoring opportunities to take the win.

Thursday: Boston at Minnesota (8:00pm ET)

The Boston Bruins (10-6-0, 20 pts) have overcome a substandard stop — particularly on the offensive end — by shoring up their defense and piling up some wins. They beat the Arizona Coyotes on the road on Saturday and then knocked off the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, with several days off before their tilt in Minnesota on Thursday night. The B’s have an uncharacteristically solid defense (2.4 goals per game, #9 in the NHL), which could be the difference in propelling them deep into the postseason this year.

The Minnesota Wild (8-5-1, 17 pts) are one of the most exciting young teams to watch this year. They have the top defense in the NHL (2.0 goals allowed per game), the fifth-bst penalty kill (88.1%) and the ninth-most prolific offense (2.9 goals per game). They beat Pittsburgh and Ottawa on the road last week, and they host Calgary on Tuesday before Boston shows up on Thursday. Minnesota combined speed on offense with discipline on defense and should be even more dangerous down the stretch this season than they were last year. I like the Wild to lock down an average Boston offense and take this win.

Friday: N.Y. Rangers at Columbus (7:00pm ET)

The Rangers (12-4-0, 24 pts) sit atop the Metropolitan Division and delivered a 4-1 road win in Calgary on Saturday night, followed by another win in Edmonton, 3-1, on Sunday. They complete their western Canada swing on Tuesday night in Vancouver before heading to the Blue Jackets’ rink on Friday night. They lead all of hockey with a 4.1 goals per game clip, but they also have things locked down on defense (2.3 goals allowed per game, #4).

Columbus (7-4-2, 16 pts) put up 8 goals on St. Louis on Saturday night, and their offense (3.5 goals per game, #2) will make the matchup with the Rangers an exciting one. Columbus scores at a 33.3% clip on the power play, tops in the NHL. What had been a grinding team is now flying up and down the ice. I like the Rangers to win, but I’d definitely take a look at the O/U line on goals scored, and if it’s less than 6, I’d take that over.