The NHL season is now into the second half, and we have one more week of action before the best players in the game take to the ice for the annual All-Star Game. There is a full schedule between now and Thursday night, which is when the NHL shuts down for a few days in preparation of the big game, and a lot of those games feature match-ups between the best teams in the NHL. Let’s look at some of the best games on tap for the next few days as well as the updated NHL betting predictions.
A Closer Look At The Top NHL Betting Games Of The Week (Jan. 24th – 26th)
St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins – Tuesday
The Blues are starting to sink a little in the Central Division, and are coming into this one on a 3-game losing skid. St. Louis are clinging onto one of the Wild Card spots in the Western Conference, but are going to have to break out of this slump if they don’t want to slip out of the playoff picture. The Penguins are in the thick of the race at the top of the Metropolitan Division, and are in a rich vein of form right now. They are close to invincible on home ice, with a 20-2-2 record there so far, so this is going to be a tough one for the Blues.
Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators – Tuesday
The Capitals got off to a little bit of a sluggish start, but have come good in the past month or so. They are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, and have found their way back to the top of the Metropolitan Division, which is a position they have become used to in recent years. They will be tested in a big way on Tuesday night when they head to Ottawa to face a Senators team that is currently sitting second in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings – Wednesday
The Maple Leafs have gone from being the worst team in the league to one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference. They are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, and are just 2 points back of Ottawa for the second place spot in the Atlantic Division. They should be able to handle the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, but this is a rivalry that goes all the way back to the Original Six years in the NHL, and you never know what might happen when these two go head to head.
Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks – Thursday
The Pacific Division may be arguably the weakest in the NHL, but it has to be said that there is a great race going on at the top of it right now. A mere 3 points separates the top three teams, two of whom will hook up on Thursday night. The Sharks are on a 5-game winning streak, and are a point up on the Oilers who are currently sitting in third place. The Oilers have one of the top scorers in the league in Connor McDavid, and we should see a good offensive tussle in this one.