My NHL Best Bets of the Week includes a few top teams like St. Louis and Chicago and a few road warrior squads like Ottawa and Anaheim. The first game takes place this Friday, Jan. 22 when the New York Islanders battle Ottawa. On Saturday, Anaheim travels to Detroit to take on the Red Wings. On Sunday, St. Louis battles Chicago in one of the top NHL matchups of the week.
NY Islanders at Ottawa
When: Friday, Jan. 22
The Islanders start the week after a 1 to 2 shootout loss to Vancouver on Jan. 17. The Islanders are off until they face Ottawa on Jan. 22. That’s a good 5 days of rest. New York is 9-8-1 in their away games. Ottawa is 11-6-1-3 at home to start the week. The Senators took the Islanders down 3 to 2 on Dec. 5 at home the last time that these 2 teams faced each other. Things could go New York’s way this go around. Ottawa has to battle San Jose on the road on Jan. 18 before taking on the New Jersey Devils on the road on Jan. 21. The Islanders are the play.
Pick: New York Islanders
Anaheim at Detroit
When: Saturday, Jan. 23
The Ducks have a 6-10-2-1 overall away record to start the week. Anaheim has started to play some great hockey. But, the game against Detroit on Saturday will be Anaheim’s second straight on the road after playing 8 straight games at home. Detroit battles St. Louis and Buffalo this week before hosting the Ducks. Detroit has a decent 11-8-3-2 record at home. They faced Anaheim less than 2 weeks ago in Anaheim. The Red Wings beat the Ducks in that matchup 2 to 1. The game was close enough for me to think about putting a few bucks on the Ducks in this. Detroit should be a big favorite on the moneyline. Why not back Anaheim who has been playing well overall even though the road record is terrible?
St. Louis at Chicago
When: Sunday, Jan. 24
A key game takes place on Sunday when St. Louis travels to Chicago to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions. St. Louis is at 26-15-5-2 in the Central Division. Chicago leads the Central with a 31-13-4-0 record. Chicago beat St. Louis 4 to 2 the last time that these 2 went at it. In that game, St. Louis allowed 4 goals from 27 shots. They also lost a differential of 7 face-offs when winning 28 to Chicago’s 35. But, the Blues have a decent road record. It stands at 11-7-2-2. Too bad the St. Louis face Detroit on the road on Jan. 20 and Colorado on the road on Jan. 22 before this Jan. 24 game against the Blackhawks. I’m going with Chicago.