The Minnesota Wild are the hottest team in the NHL heading into the new week. The defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning are also rolling right along while Philadelphia and Washington have also heated up over the lest week.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets are all seeking a much-needed victory this coming week. With the 2020-21 NHL season set for its ninth week of action, let’s find out who’s on the ice and which matchups fit the bill of must-see TV so you can make your bets against their NHL odds!
Top NHL Games to Watch and Bet On this Week
Toronto at Edmonton
- When: Monday, March 1 at 10:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
Toronto (16-4-2) sits atop the North Division standings and heads into their Monday night road date at Edmonton having won two straight games including an emphatic 4-0 shutout of the Oilers on Saturday. The Maple Leafs rank a stellar second in scoring (3.5 gpg) and sixth in goals allowed (2.5 gpg).
Edmonton’s loss the last time out snapped a five-game winning streak. The Oilers (14-9-0) rank an impressive fourth in scoring (3.4 gpg), but just 22nd in goals allowed (3.0 gpg). Talk about star power. Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Connor McDavid and reigning Hart Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl are all on the ice in this affair. The Maple Leafs are 10-1 in their last 11 against a team with a winning record, 7-1 in their last 8 road games and 6-1 in their last seven road dates against Edmonton.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
- When: Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM ET
- TV: NBCSN
Philadelphia (11-4-3) is sitting in fourth place in the East Division and rides a three-game winning streak into the new week. The Flyers are coming off of consecutive 3-0 shutouts over Buffalo on Saturday and Sunday. Pittsburgh (11-8-1) is one spot behind Philly in the East standings, but has dropped two of three including a 2-0 shutout loss against the New York Islanders on Sunday. Philadelphia is 5-1 in its last six road games and 5-2 in the last seven meetings against the Penguins, but the Home team in this rivalry is a perfect 5-0 in the last five meetings. Philadelphia ranks sixth in scoring (3.4 gpg) and 16th in goals allowed (2.9 gpg). Pittsburgh ranks 18th in scoring (2.9 gpg) and 26th in goals allowed (3.3 gpg).
Minnesota at Vegas
- When: Wednesday, March 3 at 10:00 PM ET
Minnesota (12-6-0) is in second place in the West Division standings, one point behind division-leading Vegas. The Wild have won six straight games coming into the new week including a 4-3 overtime win against LA on Saturday. Vegas (12-4-1) enters the new week having won two straight and seven of 10 including a 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim on Saturday. Believe it or not, Minnesota has won three of the last four meetings in this rivalry and a commanding six of the last eight meetings overall. Minnesota ranks 10th in scoring (3.2 gpg) and fifth in goals allowed (2.4 gpg). Vegas ranks 14th in scoring (3.0 gpg), but a stellar second in goals allowed (2.1 gpg).
Tampa Bay at Chicago
- When: Thursday, March 4 at 8:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
Tampa Bay (14-4-1) sits atop the Central Division standings and heads into their Monday night road date at Edmonton having won four straight games including an emphatic 5-0 shutout win over Dallas on Saturday. The Lightning are playing phenomenal hockey after winning it all last season and currently rank a stupendous first in scoring (3.6 gpg) and first in goals allowed (2.1 gpg). Chicago (12-7-4) has been on a nice roll, having won seven of 10 including a 7-2 blowout win over Detroit on Sunday. The Blackhawks are in third place in the Central and rank 12th in scoring (3.1 gpg) and 15th in goals allowed (2.9 gpg). Tampa Bay has won two straight and a near-perfect nine of the last 10 meetings against Chicago.
Vegas at San Jose
- When: Friday, March 5 at 10:30 PM ET
Since you just found out about Vegas, you should know San Jose (7-9-2) is in last place in the eight-team West Division. The Sharks have dropped two straight including a high-scoring 7-6 defeat against St. Louis on Saturday. The Sharks rank a modest 20th in scoring (2.7 gpg) and awful 30th in goals allowed (3.9 gpg). The Golden Knights have won two straight and four of the last five against San Jose.
Winnipeg at Montreal
- When: Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
Winnipeg (13-6-1) is in third place in the North Division and enters the new week riding an impressive four-game winning streak that includes a hard-fought 2-1 overtime win over the Canadiens on Saturday. Montreal (9-6-5) is in fourth place in the division, four points behind the Jets, but hits the new week having lost five straight and seven of eight. Winnipeg has won three straight in this rivalry while splitting the last 10 meetings evenly. The Jets rank a fantastic third in scoring (3.5 gpg) and seventh in goals allowed (2.6 gpg). Montreal ranks eighth in scoring (3.3 gpg) and 17th in goals allowed (2.9 gpg).