Two teams that looked left for dead in the Central Division are on fire now, as St. Louis has won six in a row and Chicago has won seven in a row. Two Western Conference teams that are falling off the table are Colorado and Anaheim, who are each riding seven-game skids (which caused the Ducks to make a change at the head coaching position over the weekend). In the Eastern Conference, Tampa Bay still lead the table by 14 points over the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders. We have put together three attractive NHL betting suggestions for you coming from this week’s action.
Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – February 11th Edition
These teams are on the BUBBLE!
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Monday, February 11
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (7:00pm ET, NBC Sports)
The Flyers have won nine of ten and even took a point in the loss, pushing the Kings to a shootout on Thursday. They rebounded from that setback with a 6-2 shellacking of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, a game in which Carter Hart stopped 30 shots and now has eight straight wins, tying an NHL rookie record for the longest winning streak before the age of 21. The Flyers roared out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. With the way they have been rolling on both ends of the ice, they look ready to deal some frustration to their in-state rivals.
The Penguins have lost four in a row, although three of those four setbacks have been by a single goal. On Saturday, they lost by a 5-4 margin in Tampa Bay. The game was tied 3-3 going into the third period beforeTyler Johnson and J.T. Miller gave the Lightning a two-goal cushion. Casey DeSmith stopped 29 shots for the Penguins, who gave their all but still found no points against the East leaders. How will they handle a young Flyers team that is on fire right now?
NBA Betting Prediction: Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3
Tuesday, February 12
N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo (7:00pm ET)
The Islanders bounced back from a 3-1 loss in Boston last week to win three in a row, most recently taking down the Minnesota Wild by a 2-1 score on Sunday. The Isles got goals from rookie Devon Toews and Anthony Beauvillier, and New York has now won nine out of twelve and lead the Metropolitan by five points. They are also an impressive 9-0-0 in their last nine games when they play on the back end of a back-to-back.
Buffalo has lost four of seven, including a 3-1 setback on Sunday at home against Winnipeg. Jack Eichel scored the Sabres’ lone goal, and Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots, and the Sabres still haven’t won two straight since December. Buffalo outshot Winnipeg 36-29, but they went 0 for 5 on the power play and gave up a short-handed goal to boot. With the Sabres playing poorly on both ends of the ice, it’s hard to see what they will offer against the Metropolitan leaders.
NBA Betting Prediction: New York 3, Buffalo 1
Toronto at Colorado (9:00pm ET)
The Toronto Maple Leafs saw a four-game winning streak end at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, as they fell to the New York Rangers, 4-1. In that winning streak, they had beaten Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Ottawa and Montreal, and in that loss to the Rangers, the Leafs had plenty of offense, peppering the New York net with 56 shots. However, Alexandar Georgiev had a night for the ages, stopping 55 shots for a career high. Kasperi Kapanen scored the only goal for the Leafs who have to think their luck will get back to form if they keep that offensive onslaught up.
The Avalanche are on a seven-game losing streak right now, although their last three have come in overtime, as they have lost in Washington, New York and Boston, in the extra session each time. In that loss to Boston on Sunday, the game-winning goal went in off a Colorado defender’s skate, and there were several other unlucky bounces that didn’t go the Avs’ way. But will that matter against the terrific Toronto offense?
NBA Betting Prediction: Toronto 5, Colorado 3