NHL Best Bets Jan 4-10Josh Bailey
St. Louis figures prominently in 2 out of my 3 NHL Best Bets of the Week games. The Blues currently sit in second place behind Dallas to start the week in the Central Division. St. Louis plays Anaheim on Friday before traveling down the coast to take on Los Angeles in SoCal on Saturday. The other game that made my list is Colorado versus Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 10.
A Closer Look At The NHL Best Bets Jan 4-10
St. Louis at Anaheim
When: Friday, Jan. 8
Before battling Anaheim this week, St. Louis has a game on Jan. 6 against the Avalanche in Colorado. The Blues have a decent 10-7-1-1 record going into the week. The last time that they faced the Ducks, St. Louis won 2 to 1. That match was way back on Oct. 29.
But, Anaheim has been hot. The Ducks ride a 4 and 1 record from their last 5 to start the week. Anaheim’s home record is 10-5-3-1. This is in contrast to a 6-10-2-1 road record. The Ducks, a pre-season favorite, have finally gelled. It appears that St. Louis could start their mini-west coast trip with a loss.
St. Louis at Los Angeles
When: Saturday, Jan. 9
Could the Blues bounce back the very next day against Pacific leading Los Angeles? St. Louis has lost back-to-back games 4 times this season. The Blues are on a current 3 games losing streak going into their Jan. 6 battle versus Colorado.
Los Angeles has a 25-12-1-1 record as of Jan. 5. The Kings are a stellar 12 and 6 at home while being 13-6-1-1 on the road. L.A. is just a good team. The last time that Los Angeles faced the Blues they shut them out 3 to 0. That match happened on Nov. 3. L.A. outshot the Blues 34 to 24 in that match. It looks like St. Louis will drop another one this week.
Pick: Los Angeles
Colorado at Chicago
When: Sunday, Jan. 10
Colorado rates as the underdog with a shot this weekend. The Avalanche last played the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 31. They lost that match 3 to 4 in overtime.
In the battle against the Blackhawks before the overtime loss, Colorado was in the midst of a two game win streak. The Avalanche had beaten Nashville 3 to 2 on Dec. 12. They had beaten St. Louis 3 to 1 on Dec. 13. They beat Chicago 3 to 0 on Dec. 15. Colorado takes on St. Louis and Nashville at home before battling Chicago on the road this week. I’m giving the Avalanche a shot to turn the tables on Chicago. For some reason, they match up well with the Blackhawks.