With the NFL season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to focus on making big bucks on betting hockey.
NHL Picks Feb 5 – 11
My best NHL picks for the week begin on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Will the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden? I like two matches on Sunday, Feb. 11. How will the Pittsburgh Penguins fair versus top Western Conference squad St. Louis? On Sunday night, Calgary battles the New York Islanders. Will the Flames show up versus the tough Islanders?
Boston at NY Rangers
When: Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: Boston should be a slight money line dog versus the Rangers at MSG this Wednesday. I’m good with that. Boston lost by a single goal, 2 to 3, in overtime in the last battle between these two. Does that mean Boston turns the tables on NYR?
No, it doesn’t. But, the Bruins should offer more value on the money line than the Rangers offer on the money line. I can see Boston beating the Rangers straight up in regulation. Backing the likely higher-odds squad in this evenly matched hockey game makes sense to me.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis
When: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3:00 pm ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Analysis: Pittsburgh hasn’t played well for a long stretch yet this season. The Penguins allow an average of 3 goals per. They score an average of 3 goals per. That tells me that Pitt is still searching for an identity.
St. Louis remains one of the better squads in the deep Central Division. Dallas, Winnipeg, and Nashville are at the top of the division with the Blues. The Blues’ D allows 2.4 goals per match. That ranks fourth in NHL.
These two battled on Oct. 4, 2017, with St. Louis coming out ahead 5 to 4. The Blues should beat the Pens by at least 2 goals on Feb. 11.
Pick: St. Louis
Calgary at NY Islanders
When: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Analysis: Calgary’s schedule this week doesn’t set them up to upset the Islanders on Sunday. On Feb. 6, Calgary is at Chicago. On Feb. 8, the Flames are at New Jersey. On Feb. 9, they’re at the NY Rangers before this Feb. 11 match versus the Islanders.
Calgary isn’t a horrible team. It’s just going to be tough for them to find energy to take on the New York Islanders after playing in 3 of the toughest venues in the NHL. The Islanders could blow it. I don’t think they will.
Pick: NY Islanders.