NHL Expert Picks Nov 14-20Josh Bailey
As always, the National Hockey League has some seriously great matchups taking place this week. Who wins on Thursday when the San Jose Sharks battle the St. Louis Blues? Will the NY Islanders find a way to take down the visiting Pittsburgh Pens on Friday, Nov. 8? On Saturday is a big Canadian battle between Toronto and super-hot Montreal? Can Toronto beat the Canadians?
NHL Expert Picks Nov 14-20
San Jose at St. Louis
When: Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Analysis: San Jose is 9-6 to start the week. That’s not bad considering that the Sharks lost 3 in a row only 6 games ago to Arizona, Calgary and Pittsburgh. The Sharks ride a 3 match win streak to go into this week.
They’ve beaten Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay. All 3 wins were on the road. San Jose outscored their opponents 10 to 3. Could they keep it going this week? Maybe. The Sharks are ranked third in goals against and first in shots against.
St. Louis has lost 5 out of their last 7 matches. I’ll go with the Sharks in this matchup.
Pick: San Jose
Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
When: Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Analysis: With a 5-7-2-1 record, the Islanders are seriously underperforming their New York brethren, the Rangers. NYR stands atop the Metropolitan Division to start the week at 12-4. The Islanders are in seventh place. The only team that NYI is ahead of are the Carolina Hurricanes.
Do the Islanders have any shot against Pittsburgh this Friday? I don’t think so. The Pens have been hot. Pittsburgh is looking to break the repeat Stanley Cup curse this season. Pitt has won 7 out of their last 10 matches. The last time that they faced the Islanders, they beat NYI 4 to 2.
Pitt has a great shot on the goal line.
Toronto at Montreal
When: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, CN
TV: Hockey Night In Canada
Analysis: The best team in NHL this season remains the Montreal Canadians. How great is it that Montreal didn’t implode after their hot start to the season in 2016? In 2015, the Canadians failed after their hot start.
It doesn’t look like Montreal is due for an implosion anytime soon this season. The Canadians have won 8 out of their last 10 matches. But, their battle against Toronto on Saturday is as big of a rivalry match in NHL as there is.
Toronto lost only 1 to 2 against Montreal in the last battle between the Canadian rivals. This match should be closer than many believe it will be. Although that’s the case, it’s hard to take the Leafs on top. Their 1-4-2-1 road record gives me no confidence that they’ll be able to beat Montreal in Montreal on Nov. 19.
I think the Canadians win the match.