The Vegas Golden Knights have a pair of intriguing matchups on tap this coming week. First, the West Division leaders host division rival St. Louis on Monday night. On Thursday, the Knights hit the road to take on 2021 prohibitive favorite, Colorado. The defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars will stage a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Finals when the two square off on Tuesday night in the Lone Star state. Closing out the week, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the red-hot New York Islanders in an East Division showdown. With a new week on hand, it’s time to check out the top hockey games to watch this coming week so you can continue making your bets against their NHL odds.
Top Hockey Games to Watch this Week
St. Louis at Vegas at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Monday, March 22
- TV: ESPN+
Analysis: St. Louis (16-10-5) has won two straight while going 5-3-2 over its last 10 games. The Blues are in fourth place in the West Division standings, six points behind division-leading Vegas (21-7-1). The Golden Knights have gone 7-3 over their last 10. Vegas has won two straight and five of six in this rivalry.
Tampa Bay at Dallas at 8:30 PM ET
- When: Tuesday, March 23
- TV: ESPN+
Analysis: Tampa Bay (23-6-2) sits atop the Central Division standings with a league-high 23 wins. The Lightning have won four straight coming into the new week. Dallas (10-18-4) is in seventh place in the eight-team division. The Stars are 4-2-4 over their last 10 games. Tampa Bay has won four straight – and seven of eight against Dallas while going 5-0 in their last five road dates against the Stars.
Edmonton at Montreal at 7:30 PM ET
- When: Wednesday, March 24
Analysis: Edmonton (21-13-0) is in second place in the North Division standings. The Oilers have won three straight and seven of 10 with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl playing some lights out hockey while ranking first and second in scoring. Montreal (14-8-9) is in fourth place in the North standings. The Canadiens have gone 4-2-4 over its last 10. The rivals have split their last six meetings.
Vegas at Colorado at 9:00 PM ET
- When: Thursday, March 25
Analysis: Vegas (21-7-1) is in first place in the West Division standings and hits the new week having gone 7-3 over its last 10 games. Colorado (19-8-2) is the hottest team in the league. The Avalanche have won six straight while going a blistering 8-1-1 over its last 10. These two top Stanley Cup favorites have split four meetings this season with Vegas winning 3-0 on Feb. 22 the last time they met.
Winnipeg at Calgary at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Friday, March 26
- TV: ESPN+
Analysis: Winnipeg (18-11-2) is in third place in the North Division standings, four points behind Toronto and Edmonton. The Jets have gone 5-4-1 over their last 10 but hits the new week looking to shake off a two-game losing streak. Calgary (15-14-3) is in sixth lace in the seven-team all-Canadian North standings. The Flames have gone 5-4-1 over their last 10. Winnipeg has won three of five meetings this season, but Calgary won 3-2 on Feb. 9 the last time these long time rivals met.
NY Islanders at Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM ET
- When: Saturday, March 27
- TV: ESPN+
Analysis: The Islanders (20-8-4) are in second place in the East Division standings after heating up to win eight of their last 10. Pittsburgh (19-11-2) is in third place in the division standings after going 7-2-1 over its last 10. The Islanders picked up a 2-0 shutout win the last time these rivals met on Feb. 28 to snap a four-game skid against the Penguins. These two have split the last 10 meetings evenly.