The NHL keeps moving along with top matchups week in and week out. This week some of the best in the East battle some of the best in the West.
St. Louis, a top Western Conference team, takes on the New York Islanders on Wednesday. Sunday sees a great battle between another top West team in Los Angeles hosting a top East team in Tampa Bay. The other best bet of the week occurs on Saturday when Nashville battles Detroit.
A Closer Look At The NHL’s Best Bets Nov 30th to Dec 6th
St. Louis at New York Islanders
When: Friday, Dec. 4
St Louis starts out the week somewhat cold. The Blues have gone 5 and 5 in their last 10 matches. St. Louis will be looking to turn around their win-loss pattern in their last 4 by beating Florida on Dec. 1 and then beating the Islanders on Dec. 4.
The last time that these 2 teams met, St. Louis lost 2 to 3 in overtime. That was on Oct. 24. St. Louis has a great shot of turning the tables on the Islanders in this game since the Islanders have to battle the rival New York Rangers just 2 days before taking on the Blues. Expect that tough game for the Islanders to take some sting out their puck shots for this Friday matchup.
Pick: St. Louis
Nashville at Detroit
When: Saturday, Dec. 5
Nashville is in a bad place going into this week. The Predators have lost 5 out of their last 6. Only a 3 to 2 win over Buffalo on the road on Nov. 25 can be looked at as a positive for the Preds.
The Red Wings go into the week off of a 3 and 2 record. The Wings are a decent but not great 6-5-3 at home this season. These 2 teams haven’t met since last October when Detroit beat Nashville 4 to 3. The difference with these 2 teams as opposed to last February’s 2 teams is that Nashville doesn’t have the surprise factor like they did last season. Still, the Preds will turn this around. They’re too good of a team not too. It makes sense to back them against a Detroit team that doesn’t always play its best hockey at home.
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles
When: Sunday, Dec. 6
On Nov. 25 the Kings lost 2 to 1 to Tampa Bay in a shootout. The Kings’ defense is currently ranked second in goals against at 2.1 per match, sixth in shots against at 28.4 and eighth in penalty kills at 83.9%.
Tampa Bay’s defense is good as well except the Lightning kill penalties at a bit over 76%. That difference in penalty kill percentage should give this game to L.A. That and the fact that the last game was in Tampa Bay while this game is at the Staples Center will also help the Kings.
Pick: Los Angeles