The Vegas Golden Knights come in as the NHL Betting Odds favorite.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – October 23rd Edition

Written by on October 23, 2017

Tough blow for the Ottawa Senators over the weekend as one of their top forwards, Bobby Ryan, suffered a broken index finger in Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Head coach Guy Boucher said he expects Ryan to be out for about a month. Here’s a look at two intriguing NHL betting picks this week, both on Tuesday: Chicago at Vegas and Edmonton at Pittsburgh. Oilers-Penguins could well be a Finals preview with both among the Stanley Cup odds favorites in their respective conferences and the Pens as two-time Cup champions.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – October 23rd Edition

Chicago at Vegas Hockey Odds & NHL Betting Pick

When: Tuesday, 10 PM ET Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas TV: CSNC & AT&TSN Stream: NHL.tv Radio: 720 AM (Chicago) / 98.9 FM (Vegas) Opening NHL Betting Lines: TBA

2018 Stanley Cup Odds & Expert Betting Predictions

Why Bet On Chicago?

The Blackhawks (5-2-2) are Top 10 in the NHL in scoring, goals-against average and on the penalty kill. They come off a 4-2 in Arizona on Saturday. Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 29 shots. Crawford continues his dominance to start the season. He has now allowed two goals or less in five of his seven starts and boasts an impressive 1.86 goals against average and .945 save percentage. Jonathan Toews picked up two assists. Toews picked up his first assist after Richard Panik buried his rebound to tie the game for the Blackhawks midway through the first. His second came after he sent Patrick Kane in all alone on Louis Domingue and Kane put the puck through the netminder’s five-hole to give Chicago the lead. Toews broke his three-game pointless streak and now has eight points in nine games this season. Tommy Wingels scored a goal and registered an assist. He had had been fairly quiet offensively in 2017-18 with an assist in six games before Saturday. One negative thus far for Chicago is that it can’t stay out of the penalty box. They gave up four penalties to the Coyotes. All four penalties were called within a span of 2:08. The Coyotes had a full 2-minute, 5-on-3 power play.  But the Hawks only gave up one shot to the Coyotes during that time.  Their penalty kill unit is ranked 10th in the league so far this year at 83.3%.  The new aggressive penalty-killing style of assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson has made a big difference.

Why Bet On Vegas?

Saturday night, the Golden Knights became the first NHL expansion franchise to win six of their first seven games in their inaugural season with a 3-2 home win over St. Louis. William Karlsson scored the game-winning goal. Reilly Smith slid the puck across the slot and found Karlsson who buried the one-timer passed Jake Allen. However, the news wasn’t all good. Goaltender Oscar Dansk was forced into action after Malcolm Subban had to leave the game with a lower-body. It was Dansk’s first ever NHL appearance, allowing one goal on 11 shots. Subban is expected to be sidelined for about four weeks. Vegas already doesn’t have No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury because of a concussion and now Subban is out for an extended period as well. They are both on injured reserve. Subban has a 2-0 record with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in three appearances with the Golden Knights. Dansk could be in line for his first NHL start Tuesday. “Injuries provide opportunities for others and that is the situation we have here,” said GM George McPhee. “Our top two goaltenders are currently sidelined so we will now give our AHL goalies the chance to play in their absence. We felt Oscar Dansk performed well in relief on Saturday in his NHL debut.” The Golden Knights are likely to call up Maxime Lagace to serve as the backup.

Edmonton at Pittsburgh Hockey Odds & NHL Betting Pick

When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh TV: SNO Stream: NHL.tv Radio: 630 AM (Edmonton) / 105.9 FM (Pittsburgh) Opening NHL Betting Lines: TBA

Why Bet On Edmonton?

This game will feature probably the NHL’s two best players in reigning Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid of the Oilers and former Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby of the Penguins. Edmonton (2-5-0) has disappointed so far and comes off a 2-1 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday. McDavid hasn’t been getting much help. Right now he is the only factor driving the Oilers’ offense. With eight points, that means he has either scored or assisted on more than 57 percent of the team’s goals. He has been on the ice for nine of them, which is more than 65 percent. The Oilers have scored only five goals this season when McDavid has not been on the ice. McDavid saw his four-game point streak end on Saturday. Are the Oilers a safe bet this week in NHL? Kailer Yamamoto continues to play on the top line with Leon Draisaitl still out of action. Draisaitl is expected back shortly and the Oilers have to decide whether to keep Yamamoto up and burn a year of his entry level contract or return him to the WHL. Yamamoto played 20:26 Saturday as he is playing alongside McDavid and Patrick Maroon on the top line. Cam Talbot allowed two goals on 24 shots in the loss to Philly. He has now lost four of his six starts this season, posting a 2.95 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.  The Oilers have given up only three goals in their last two games. That is after 19 goals in their previous four contests.

Why Bet On Pittsburgh?

The Penguins had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 7-1 rout at Tampa Bay on Saturday. Crosby received both minor and misconduct penalties during the opening 1:36 of the game. Backup goalie Antti Niemi, 0-3 in three starts, stopped 25 shots. “Obviously, I don’t want to take a penalty on the first shift out there,” Crosby said. “They score on the power play. It’s not the why you want to start. That’s on me.” Crosby has 10 points in nine games this season with 28 penalty minutes. He had only 24 last season in 75 games so he could be headed for 50 this season. Pittsburgh is 5-2 over its last seven games, with both losses against Tampa Bay. The Penguins are 0-3 in the second game of back-to-back games, all started by Niemi. He now owns an 0-3-0 record with a 7.49 goals-against-average and a .798 save percentage. If starter Matt Murray ever suffers an injury, the Penguins would be in serious trouble. The Penguins have been outscored 22-6 in the three back-to-back finales. They’ve outscored opponents 24-17 in their other six games. Bryan Rust is off to a quick start this season, staying at a point-per-game pace through the first nine games. Rust’s career high is just 28, which he set in 57 games last season. He has a goal and eight assists. The Pens also have made a trade, getting forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Scott Wilson and a 2018 third-round draft pick. Sheahan has no points this season. Sheahan has 38 goals and 60 assists in 292 career games with Detroit. He was the Red Wings’ first-round draft pick in 2010. Wilson, also 25, has 13 goals and 19 assists in 106 games, all with Pittsburgh. He’s pointless in three games this season.

Expert Predictions & NHL Betting Picks of the Week

Expect the Penguins to come out fired up after being embarrassed last time out. They win as does Chicago against that third-string Vegas goalie.