With just one month remaining in the 2017-18 NHL regular season, teams in both conferences are going all-out to improve their play prior to the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s time for a trio of expert NHL picks that could help you cash in early and often over the course of the coming week.
Three legitimate Cup favorites, a pair of playoff hopefuls and one team that has not shot to reach the postseason are all in action this coming week. Now, let’s find out where some NHL betting value lies in all of their respective matchups!
NHL Expert Picks March 5th-11th
Pittsburgh Penguins (37-25-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-11)
When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 8:00 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center-PA, Philadelphia, PA
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins have been red-hot for the better part of the last eight weeks and they’ve gone 7-3 over their last 10 games while heading into the new week coming off a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.
The Stanley Cup hopeful Flyers have also been one of the best teams in hockey for the last couple of months and have gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 including their high-scoring 7-6 shootout win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. With the way Philly scored seven goals in their last contest and the way Pittsburgh gave up 8 goals in a loss against Buffalo last Thursday, I’m going to urge you to back the streaking Flyers to get the statement-making home win in this mid-week matchup.
Pick: Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 4
St. Louis Blues (35-26-5) at San Jose Sharks (35-21-9)
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Both of these Western Conference playoff hopefuls have an identical 35 wins, but right now, the San Jose Sharks are playing much better hockey, making them the pick to get the win at home in this mid-week matchup. St. Louis has gone an awful 2-6-2 over their last 10 and hit the new week coming off a crushing 3-2 overtime loss against Dallas on Saturday night while San Jose has picked up the pace to go 6-3-1 heading into their Sunday night home date against Columbus. The Sharks are the more explosive team offensively, they’re playing at home and they’ve got plenty of motivation as they are currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race, but just a few points ahead of four other playoff hopeful teams.
Pick: San Jose 4 St. Louis 2
Vegas Golden Knights (41-18-5) at Buffalo Sabres (20-34-11)
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:00 PM
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
Vegas had lost three straight entering the current week, including a 5-4 loss at home against Ottawa on Friday night, but Buffalo had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in Friday’s 4-1 beatdown at the hands of Florida, also on Friday night. While the Golden Knights have struggled in going 6–4 over their last 10, they’re still the easy pick to get the road win in this matchup against a Buffalo team that has gone 3-5 over their last eight and has no shot to reach the playoffs. Vegas and their second-ranked offense (3.4 gpg) will be simply too much for Buffalo and their 31st-ranked offense (2.4 gpg) to keep up with in this contest!
Pick: Vegas 5 Buffalo 2