Top NHL Betting Matchups & Picks of the Week – November 13th Edition

Posted by Jordan Walters on Monday,November 13, 2017 9:03, EST in

Do you think of Washington’s Braden Holtby as an all-time great goalie? Well, the former Vezina Trophy winner made history over the weekend. His 200th career win came in just his 319th appearance, the second-fastest to the milestone in NHL history. Only the legendary Ken Dryden got to 200 wins quicker. Here are two NHL betting picks & games to watch this week: Capitals at Predators and Rangers at Blackhawks. Check back for NHL odds from MyBookie.

Top NHL Betting Matchups & Picks of the Week – November 13th Edition

Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators NHL Preview & Game Info

When: Tuesday, 8 PM ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
TV: NBC Sports Network
Stream: NHL.tv
Radio: WJFK 106.7 FM (Washington) / 102.5 FM (Nashville)
Opening NHL Betting Lines: TBA

2018 Stanley Cup Odds & Expert Betting Predictions

Why Bet On Washington?

The Caps of course led the NHL in points the past two regular seasons but lost in the East semifinals both years to Pittsburgh. This year, Washington isn’t quite the powerhouse.

Coach Barry Trotz wants to see Evgeny Kuznetsov shoot the puck more. Kuznetsov has three goals and 19 points in 17 games this season. He hasn’t scored a goal since Oct. 28 when he got two against Edmonton.

“I think what it does when he does shoot, it will open up his wingers for him, too. Because everybody’s shading to the wingers right now because they think he’s just looking for his wingers,” Trotz said. “He’s just got to shoot a little bit more. Be more of a threat. He’s a threat gaining the zone, he’s a threat when he gets to the top of the circles. And he can shoot the puck.”

The Caps have a future Hall of Famer in Alex Ovechkin, but it’s John Carlson currently leading the team in shot attempts at five-on-five this season.  Over the last four seasons (not including the current one), 55 different players have skated 500-plus minutes at five-on-five for the Caps. Ovechkin has attempted 1743 shots during the time. Carlson is in second place with 911 shot attempts.

Ovechkin’s 19.7 shot attempts/60, while down from his rate over the previous four seasons, still ranks 10th among all forwards this season, while Carlson’s 15.5 ranks him ninth among all defenders.

Why Bet On Nashville?

The Preds enter the week on a four-game winning streak and beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in a shootout Saturday in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Finals. Pekka Rinne turned aside 26 of 30 shots.  Rinne now has an 8-2-2 record with a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season. He’s won three games in a row and four of his last five.

Kyle Turris scored a goal and an assist. It was Turris’ first game as a member of the Predators after coming over in trade. Turris also registered the primary assist on Calle Jarnkrok’s third-period goal, which gave the Preds a 4-3 lead at the time. Turris missed on his shootout attempt, but the Preds still managed to win thanks to goals by Kevin Fiala and Filip Forsberg. Matched up primarily against Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s line, Turris centered forwards Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith. He generated multiple high-quality scoring chances for himself and others with his speed and playmaking ability,

Will the Preds have winger Scott Hartnell on Tuesday? He sustained an undisclosed injury during Saturday’s game. Hartnell only played in three first period shifts. He has four goals and seven points in 16 contests this season.

NY Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks NHL Preview & Game Info

When: Wednesday, 8 PM ET
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV: NBC Sports Network
Stream: NBCSports.com
Radio: 98.7 FM ESPN (NY) / WGN 720 AM (Chicago)
Opening NHL Betting Lines: TBA

Why Bet On NY Rangers?

Not long ago, the Rangers were one of the NHL’s big disappointments and there was talk that Coach Alain Vigneault might be fired. Now they have won six straight following Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Edmonton.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 29 shots in the win.  Lundqvist how now given up just two goals in back-to-back games, stopping 58 of 62 shots. After such a poor start to the season, he has now won six straight games, and seven of his last eight. The Swede has an 8-4-2 record with a 2.92 goals against average and .905 save percentage.

Are the Rangers a safe bet this week in NHL?

Pavel Buchnevich scored once again on Saturday for his seventh goal in his last eight games. The Russian has eight goals and 15 points in 18 games with four goals and eight points coming on the power play. He had 20 points in 41 games as a rookie last season and has really come into his own as a sophomore.

The Rangers also got two goals from Rick Nash, one on the man-advantage that scored twice and is now 9-for-23 (39 percent) over their past seven games. Kevin Shattenkirk has played a huge role during the Rangers’ win streak with three goals and four assists in that span. The power play has benefited from the addition of Shattenkirk, which is one of the top 10 power plays in the NHL. He has been the quarterback with the man advantage with eight power play points this season.

Why Bet On Chicago?

The Hawks started fast this year but have tailed off some. Corey Crawford has been maybe the best goalie in the NHL but Chicago is struggling to score. For Sunday’s game vs. New Jersey, Ryan Hartman and Tommy Wingels were late scratches for the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville hinted that there could be lineup changes coming.

Last year, the Hawks and Rangers split. It was a 1-0 overtime Hawks loss at home. Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team, and Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime. The Hawks had Scott Darling in net – he’s with Carolina now. Chicago was without two key players in defenseman Brent Seabrook and captain Jonathan Toews.

At Madison Square Garden, the Hawks won 2-1. Darling stopped 33 shots, and Artem Anisimov scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period. The Rangers had some chances in the final minutes, but Darling stopped Mats Zuccarello’s slap shot with about 3 minutes to go, and then a tip-in attempt by Jimmy Vesey less than a minute later. Trevor van Riemsdyk also scored, and Artemi Panarin had two assists. Jesper Fast scored for the Blueshirts and Raanta was again in net.

Expert Prediction & NHL Betting Picks of the Week

The Predators hold serve at home against Washington, while the red-hot Rangers win in Chicago. These NHL betting picks are looking real solid, so make sure to check out all the stats before placing your picks!