With the calendar set turn to the New Year in a mere matter of weeks and the 2017-18 NHL season moving right along, it’s time for another round of NHL picks of the week. With Week 7 getting underway on Sunday night, here are this week’s trio of expert picks.
NHL Expert Picks Dec 4-10
NY Rangers (14-10-1) at Pittsburgh (15-10-2)
When: Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
The Rangers have won five of their last six, but they’re also just 3-5 on the road this season. Pittsburgh has won four straight while scoring five goals in three of those games, including Saturday’s 5-1 blitz over St. Louis. While the Penguins have been pretty awful defensively this season and rank 23rd in goals allowed (3.2), I’m going with the two-time defending champs to get the win here mostly because they can score at will and are getting a fantastic season out of veteran right-winger Phil “The Thrill’ Kessel as he leads the Pens in goals (1) and assists (21).
Pick: Pittsburgh 5 New York 3
Dallas (16-10-1) at St. Louis (17-8-2)
When: Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Dallas is on fire as they ride a five-game winning streak into the new week while St. Louis is ice-cold riding an unwanted three-game losing streak into Week 7. The Star thrashed Colorado 7-2 on Sunday night while the Blues suffered a painful 2-1 overtime loss against Minnesota on Saturday.
Center Tyler Seguin is playing lights out (23 points) and will lead Dallas to the win at home over a St. Louis team that is very good and statistically better than Dallas at both ends of the ice, but fighting through a rough patch right now.
Pick: Dallas 4 St. Louis 2
Vegas (16-9-1) at Nashville (16-7-3)
When: Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Vegas is 6-4 over their last 10 and beat Arizona 3-2 in overtime to kick off the new week on Sunday night. Nashville has gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 and got past Anaheim 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday. With the Predators are playing at home and sporting a stellar 10-2-1 record on their home-ice, Nashville is the pick to win this contest, although I’ve got to admit that this year, Vegas and their cast of cast-offs, is my favorite team in all of hockey and one that I think is going to be tough to dispatch once the playoffs begin!
Pick: Nashville 4 Vegas 3