Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (Oct 24th – Oct 30th)

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 24, 2016 in

The National Hockey League opened its regular season a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve seen that some things are already changing (Carey Price returning to net for Montreal and getting them off to a big start) and others have remained the same (Dallas’ two-goalie tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi still can’t play consistent hockey). Let’s take a look at some of the best opportunities for you to make some money with online betting on hockey this week.

Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (Oct 24th – Oct 30th)

Tuesday: Florida at Pittsburgh (7:00pm ET)

Florida (3-1-1, 4th in the Atlantic Division) is caught in a stacked race in a talented division, and they showed that their offense is awake in a 5-2 home tattooing of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. They outscore their opponents by a full goal per game (3.2 – 2.2) so far on the young season, and their penalty kill (90.9%) has played solid hockey. Their lone loss on the season game against the Washington Capitals.

Pittsburgh (3-2-1, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) fell by a 5-1 score to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Their offense has failed to do much, tallying just 2.0 goals per game (29th in the NHL), while they permit 3.2 goals per game. Their power play (20.0%) has brought some results, but they need to get back to that style of shutting down teams with intense forecheck while also hustling back to stop the breakaway. I like Florida in this one.

Thursday: Tampa Bay at Montreal (7:30pm ET)

Tampa Bay (4-1-0, 2nd in Atlantic Division) forms part of an extremely talented division that could snag both wild cards in the East. They routed the Ottawa Senators on the road on Saturday, 4-1, and they take on the extremely young Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday before heading to Montreal on Thursday. They average 3.2 goals per game but only permit 2.8 goals. They have solid special teams (26.3% power play, #6; 92.3% penalty kill, #7), making them one of the most formidable squads in all phases so far.

Montreal (4-0-1, 1st in Atlantic Division) leads the NHL in both goals per game (4.0) and goals allowed per game (1.6). Their sole weakness so far has shown up on the power play (14.3%, #20 in the NHL), but with Carey Price in net, the Habs show confidence with a solid forecheck and have the blue line to keep threats out of their net when things head the other way. I like the Canadiens to carry this early-season divisional showdown.

Saturday: Boston at Detroit (7:00pm ET)

Boston (3-2-0, 5th in the Atlantic Division) ran right into that Montreal juggernaut on Saturday night, taking it on the chin at home by a 4-2 margin. The B’s have a fairly solid defense (2.6 goals allowed per game, #8) and a top-10 penalty kill at 90.0%, but they need to put more goals in net, as they just average 3.0 tallies per night and particularly struggle on the power play (10.0%, #25).

Detroit (4-2-0, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) blanked San Jose on Saturday night, 3-0, and they have games against Carolina and St. Louis this week before the Bruins come to town. The Red Wings rank in the top 10 in goals per game (3.3, #8), goals permitted (2.5, #6) and power play (24.0%, #8) but their penalty kill has started out somewhat porously (73.9%, #24). So if Boston can work their way into some power plays early, they have a shot, but I like the Red Wings to prevail in this early Atlantic Division matchup.