The NHL season is now in full swing, but with an awful lot of hockey to still be played, the standings as they are right now mean very little. Still, there have been enough games played for us to get a very good idea of which teams are likely to be playoff bound at the end of the season, as we have a couple of teams that have only lost 6 games to this point.
With an 82-game season in the NHL betting calendar, picking winners on any given night can be tough, as most teams in the league go through some sort of rollercoaster period. I think we have a few games that we can act on in the coming week, though, so let’s look at a few that are worthy of your betting dollars.
San Jose Sharks at Washington Capitals
Monday, Dec 4 @ Capital One Arena
The San Jose Sharks currently find themselves in 3rd spot in the Pacific Division, having taken 30 points from their opening 25 games. They have a tough game on Monday night on the road in Washington, but let’s not forget that the Sharks are an impressive 7-3-1 on the road this season. It’s another tight race in the Metropolitan Division, and while the Capitals are currently in 5th, they are just 6 points out of the top spot. Washington is a solid 9-5 in their own building this season, so we should expect a really good battle here.
CAPS TODAY: Capitals rookie Travis Boyd is scheduled to make his NHL debut tonight against the Sharks. Washington recalled Boyd from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Dec. 3 where he recorded 20 points (3g, 17a) in 23 games this season. https://t.co/ST84FbfMDv pic.twitter.com/BzEguLDStE
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Anaheim Ducks at Las Vegas Golden Knights
Tuesday, December 5th @ T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas may be the surprise team of the season thus far, as we never really expect much from an expansion team. The Golden Knights are second in the Pacific Division and are 6 points up on the Anaheim Ducks. Las Vegas has been close to unbeatable in their own building this season, going 10-2, although the Ducks are coming in with a winning 5-4-3 record on the road. The Ducks have a lot of time to run down Vegas before the end of the season, but they will not want to fall 8 points back this early on.
Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs
Wednesday, December 6th @Air Canada Centre
These are two of the most exciting young teams in the NHL, and we can probably expect to see some offensive fireworks here. The Maple Leafs are doing a great job of building on their success of last season, and have picked up an impressive 35 points this season. The Calgary Flames have been a little up and down, but are getting a consistent great play out of Johnny Gaudreau, who is among the top points getters in the league. This is one where we could see a lot of goals, so look at the OVER.
Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers
Thursday, December 7th @ BB&T Center
In fairness, this one looks like a total mismatch, but I couldn’t go through this week’s games without talking a little about the Winnipeg Jets. They are among the very best in the league this season and are already closing in on 100 goals scored. Their +23 goal differential is also near the top, and they head to Florida with a 7-4-3 road record. The Panthers are struggling this season, but are playing .500 hockey at home, so they may not roll over and die that easily.
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