Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 17th Edition
🎥 Carrier: We’re playing the right way and we’ll keep it rolling for tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/q5Z1X0XW5d— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) 16 de diciembre de 2018
Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets – MondayAfter a very poor start to the season, the Vegas Golden Knights, last year’s Stanley Cup finalists, appear to finally be back on track. They have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games to haul themselves up into 4th in the Pacific Division, 6 points off the pace being set by the Flames. They have a tough road trip ahead of them on Monday night, as they will be in Columbus to face a Blue Jackets team that is currently sitting second in the Metropolitan Division. These teams met twice last season, with the home team winning each time, so perhaps expect more of the same here.
San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild – TuesdayThe San Jose Sharks come into the new week on a hot streak of form, as they have now won 4 games in a row to get up to second in the Pacific Division. They have not been particularly great on the road this season, going 7-8-3, and they can expect another tough outing on Tuesday night in Minnesota. The Wild are in the middle of the pack in the Central Division and are on a streak where they have won just 4 games in their last 10. That said, the Wild have been good at home, going 10-5-2. The Sharks won the previous meeting this season, breaking a streak that had saw them lose 6 in a row to Minnesota. I am on the Wild in this one.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Calgary Flames – ThursdayThe best in the East meets the best in the West in what could be a shootout for the ages. The Lightning has come storming out the gate, racking up 52 points in 34 games, which includes a very impressive 10-3-2 road record. The Flames, meanwhile, have 46 points from the same number of games and are 8-1-1 in the last 10, which is the exact same record as Tampa Bay in that period. Combined, these two teams have scored 260 goals and are #1 and #2 in goal differential this season. This has all the makings of a great game that could well head to OT. I am taking the Flames on home ice.
Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals – FridayIt’s a bit of a quiet night on Friday, with just a trio of games on the NHL calendar, but this one is must watch TV. The Buffalo Sabres are another team that needs to be considered a pleasant surprise, as they have taken a huge step forward this season, picking up 45 points in 34 games. The Washington Capitals got off to a slow start, but they appear to be finally over their Stanley Cup hangover, as they are now back on top of the Metropolitan Division. Washington have beaten Buffalo 3 straight times, as well as in 5 of their last 6 meetings, so expect a Capitals win here.
NHL StandingsEastern Conference (Metropolitan)
- Washington Capitals
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Buffalo Sabres
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Winnipeg Jets
- Nashville Predators
- Colorado Rapids
- Calgary Flames
- San Jose Sharks
- Anaheim Ducks