NHL Best Bets Feb 13th – 19thJosh Bailey
The New York Rangers have been hot. They figure prominently in my NHL Picks of the Week. Can the Rangers take down the rival Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, Feb. 16? Then, on Sunday, Feb. 19, how will NYR perform against one of the best teams in NHL, the Washington Capitals, at home in Madison Square Garden? Also on Sunday is an intriguing matchup between Detroit and Pittsburgh. Who wins in that battle?
What Are Your NHL Best Bets Feb 13th – 19th
NY Rangers at NY Islanders
When: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Analysis: As of Saturday, Feb. 11, the Rangers had won 5 matches in a row. This week, things could be different for NYR. Although they’ve been on fire, they face tough Columbus on Monday, Feb. 13.
Could Columbus rough up the Rangers just enough for the Islanders to beat their New York rivals on Thursday? I think so. More importantly, the Rangers are 1 and 1 this season versus the Islanders. NYI beat NYR 4 to 2 on Dec. 6, 2016.
The Rangers have been so hot that it’s hard to pick them versus a rival on the road. No team in NHL can sustain a long win streak. I think the Islanders do enough to get the win over the New York Rangers.
Pick: NY Islanders
Washington at NY Rangers
When: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: NYR’s home record is 18-11-0-1. The record isn’t great. But, NYR doesn’t have to travel too far from the Barclay Center on Thursday to Madison Square Garden for this Sunday matchup versus the Capitals. It must be nice for the Rangers to go right home after their road game against NYI this Thursday night.
In the first of two nationally televised games on NBC this Sunday, Caps versus Rangers could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. Both teams have been terrific this season.
But, although Washington has been as good as any team in NHL, the Rangers should bounce back with a big win against the Caps this Sunday. The last time that NYR faced Washington they beat them 4 to 2. Sometimes, a team matches up well with another team no matter what the circumstances are. That could be the case with Rangers vs Caps.
I like NYR to get the win over the Caps two days after losing to NYI down the street in Brooklyn
Pick: NY Rangers
Detroit at Pittsburgh
When: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Analysis: The second nationally televised game on NBC this Sunday has Pittsburgh hosting Detroit. The last time the Pens faced the Red Wings, things didn’t turn out as planned. Detroit pummeled Pitt 6 to 3.
Since the battle happened on Jan. 14 this year, it’s hard to see any adjustments Pitt can make to fend off the Red Wings’ attack. Sure, the Pens could turn the tables on Detroit. Pittsburgh is the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
But, I’d much rather take the above even money odds on Detroit to break down Pitt’s defense again than taking the low odds on Pitt to beat the Red Wings on their own ice. I’m taking a shot by backing the Red Wings in this Sunday match up.