Top NHL Parlay Picks of the Week (Dec 5-11)

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 5, 2016 in

Remember those high-flying Washington Capitals, who ran away with the Eastern Conference last year? They wouldn’t make the playoffs today. The same goes for the Dallas Stars, who took the top seed in the West into last year’s playoffs. This year the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ottawa Senators have emerged as early positive surprises. As you pick your bets for the week, take advantage of our research and put together a pair of games to boost your payout. Let’s take a look at the top parlay picks in hockey for this week, as well as the rest of our sports betting lines.

Top NHL Parlay Picks of the Week (Dec 5-11)

Thursday: St. Louis over N.Y. Islanders (7:00pm ET) / Montreal over New Jersey (7:30pm ET)

The St. Louis Blues (14-7- 4, 32 points) fell in overtime to Winnipeg on Saturday and then take on the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday before heading east to take on the New York Islanders up in Brooklyn. The Blues still sit in second place in the Central Division behind Chicago, and they have boosted their scoring from last year, at about 2.7 goals per game. Their special teams are a real strength, sitting #8 in power play percentage and #2 on the penalty kill. The soft spot — a surprise given their ironclad defense a year ago — is their even strength defense, where they permit 2.8 goals per game.

These Blues take on an Islander team that simply can’t find the back of the net when they need to — and when they do, their defense has betrayed them. The Islanders (9-10- 5, 23 points) fell in overtime to Detroit at home on Sunday, and the Rangers come to town on Tuesday before the showdown with the Blues on Thursday night. The team is carrying three goaltenders because none of them has emerged as a solid starter, and they are learning — as many other teams have learned — that when you have multiple goaltenders, you don’t have a goalie at all. I like the Blues to come in and win this one handily.

The Montreal Canadiens prevailed in Los Angeles on Sunday, in an epic 5-4 shootout that for many echoed that dramatic Stanley Cup Final series back in 1993, when the Canadiens edged a scrappy team led by Wayne Gretzky (and won their most recent Cup). The Habs (17-6- 2) have cooled off a bit on the offense, sliding to eighth with 2.9 goals per game, but their goals against average (2.2) is still elite (#4). Despite taking some losses to San Jose and Ottawa in the last week, they are still playing well on both ends of the rink.

The New Jersey Devils (11-7- 6, 28 points) did win in overtime in Nashville on Saturday, by an uncharacteristic 5-4 score, but the truth is that they still struggle to light the lamp, scoring just 2.5 goals per game. Their penalty kill has been solid (85.5%, #5), but the Canadiens can do a ton of damage at even strength, and I don’t like the Devils to keep up with them on the road.