One of Montreal’s best players, defenseman Shea Weber, is still dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss at least the first few games this week if not all of it. Weber, 34, had represented the team at the All-Star Game and had won the hardest shot competition for the third time. He has 13 goals and 21 assists this season. Here’s a look at two early-week matchups around the NHL this week. Let’s see how the NHL betting odds will be for the picks of the week.
Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – February 10th Edition
Chicago vs Edmonton
- When: Tuesday, 9:00 PM ET (ESPN+)
- Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
When: Tuesday, 9 PM ET (ESPN+)
Two of the best offensive players in the NHL will face off here in Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, both former Hart Trophy winners. Kane earned his 42nd assist of the year in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Kane set up a goal by Brandon Saad, which gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the first period. He has been held off the scoresheet just one time in the last 15 games, while amassing five goals and 15 assists during that stretch. He has 25 goals and 67 points in 55 contests this year.
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews recorded his 800th career point on Sunday. Toews picked up an assist on a goal by Dominik Kubalik just 15 seconds into the first period against Winnipeg to reach the milestone in his 928th game. He joins a list that includes Claude Giroux, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel as players selected in the 2006 NHL Draft with 800 points. Toews has 14 goals and 45 points in 55 matches this year. James Neal (foot) could return to the Edmonton lineup Tuesday, according to Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
Oilers winger James Neal is likely to return to the lineup Tuesday. The Oilers sent Tyler Benson down to the minors on Monday. They brought him up on Jan. 30, one day after Neal suffered his foot injury. Neal has 19 goals and 29 points in 50 games this season but has not scored in the New Year.
McDavid suffered a bruise on his left knee Saturday night but the injury was not enough to keep him off the ice in the third after he went into the end boards in the second period. "Just a bruise on top of the (left) knee," said coach Dave Tippett. "They looked at it between periods and he iced it and I asked him how he was doing. He said ‘I’m fine to play.’ That’s the last I heard from him. You get a bruise on the knee especially with him there’s extra precautionary stuff. Far as I know it’s nothing serious. They wanted to ice it after the game again." Thus, he should play.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers have played once this season, with Edmonton losing 3-1 in Chicago on Oct. 14. Kane had a goal in that one. Corey Crawford lost his shutout bid when Neal scored on a power-play with 2:11 remaining. McDavid was kept off the scoresheet. Mike Smith finished with 32 saves for Edmonton.
Expert NHL Betting Game Pick
Bet Chicago vs Edmonton
Columbus vs Buffalo
- When: Thursday, 7:00 PM ET (RSNE)
- Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New Yor
Terrible news for Columbus Blue Jackets as the team has lost top defenseman Seth Jones indefinitely to an ankle injury. The team placed Jones on injured reserve Monday morning with the injury suffered in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
There is no timetable for Jones’ return. He’s arguably their most irreplaceable player and a team leader on a club in the thick of a playoff race with 26 games left to play.
Jones was slow to get back on his skates after crashing into the side of Colorado’s net with 8:39 remaining in the first period Saturday. He played the rest of the game and scored the Jackets’ only goal on a power play in the second period. After he shot the puck, he lifted his right leg in pain. He has six goals and 30 points in 56 games this season, while leading the team in average ice time per game (25:17).
To make matter worse, forward Cam Atkinson looked to re-injure his ankle on Saturday. He managed to finish the game, but he was in obvious pain. A timetable for his return is uncertain at this time. Columbus recalled defenseman Gabriel Carlsson from the AHL and center Liam Foudy from the OHL.
Columbus and Buffalo have split two meetings this season. They last played on Feb. 1 in Buffalo and the Sabres won 2-1 in overtime. Jack Eichel, who is having a career season, scored 36 seconds into OT. Once Buffalo’s Curtis Lazar won the opening faceoff, Eichel controlled the puck for much of the overtime and scored on a slow-developing end-to-end rush.
Working his way into the left circle of the Blue Jackets’ zone, Eichel reversed and went across the top. Using Jones as a screen, he snapped a shot from the right circle, beating rookie Matiss Kivlenieks inside the far post.
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Bet Oilers and Sabres