Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (October 31 – November 6)

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 31, 2016 in

Now that the NHL’s season has entered its third week, some teams are coalescing and playing strong hockey (Montreal at 8-0-1, Pittsburgh at 6-2-1). Some upstart teams are streaking out to big starts (Minnesota, 6-2-1, Edmonton 7-2-0), while some other alleged contenders are struggling out of the gate (Dallas, 3-4-1, Los Angeles 4-5-0, N.Y. Islanders 4-5-0). Take a look at some of our top online betting picks from the North American rinks for this week.

Top NHL Betting Games of the Week (October 31 – November 6)


Tuesday, November 1: Dallas at Columbus (7:00pm ET)

The Stars took a 4-0 thrashing from the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, a result that must have been thrilling for Wild fans, as Dallas eliminated Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs last season. Dallas made it to the Western Conference semifinals last year and jumped out to a 2-0 start to this season, but since then they have slid into the toilet. They rank 26th in goals per game (2.3) and 24th in goals permitted per game (3.3). They still don’t have a solid goalie, with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi coughing up soft goals every night behind a defense that lacks commitment.

Columbus comes in off a 4-0 rout of Anaheim on the road on Friday night, and their power play (33.3%, #2 in the NHL) has been lethal so far. They kill 87% of their penalties (#6), and they rank #9 in goals allowed (2.4). So while these teams both have seven points, Columbus’ play has been far more solid. I like the Blue Jackets to roll in this game.

Thursday, November 3: Edmonton at N.Y. Rangers (7:00pm ET)

Edmonton’s youth movement has finally started to pay off, as the Oil have romped out to a 7-2-0 start to lead the Pacific Division after missing the postseason a year ago. They fell at home to Ottawa, 2-0, on Sunday, but they are still third in the NHL on the penalty kill (89.7%) and fourth in goals allowed (2.1). Captain Connor McDavid has more than lived up to the hype.

The New York Rangers (6-3-0) have roared out to take the lead in goals per game (3.9) in the NHL, thanks in part to a 6-1 pasting of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. They permit 2.4 goals per game (#10), but so far their offense has overwhelmed opponents to the point where those lapses have not proven fatal to this point. This collision between offense and defense usually goes to the defense, but given the youth of the Edmonton squad, I like the Rangers to prevail in this contest.

Thursday, November 3: Pittsburgh at Los Angeles (10:30pm ET)

Pittsburgh (6-2-1) stands atop the Metropolitan Division, and they just edged the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, 5-4. Their defense has played spotty, giving up 3.0 goals per game (#21 in the NHL), but their power play has stung opponents at a 26.5% clip so far, good for fourth in the league. Last year, they rode a dynamite offense and a suffocating defense to a Stanley Cup, but that defense remains under construction to some degree.

The Los Angeles Kings (4-5-0) are having a hard time finding the back of the net, just lighting the lamp 2.1 times per game (#29). They permit 2.9 goals per game (#18), which makes for an awful scoring differential. I like the high-flying Penguins to take it to the Kings early and often, leaving with a road win.