NHL Expert Picks Nov 16 – 19Josh Bailey
Nashville heads to Minnesota to battle the Wild. Who wins when two Western Conference favorites battle on Nov. 16? I also like Boston against San Jose on Saturday. Can Boston upset the aging San Jose Sharks on the road? The final game I like has the L.A. Kings taking on the surprise Vegas Golden Knights. Will L.A. put Vegas in its place?
NHL Expert Picks Nov 16 – 19
Nashville at Minnesota
When: Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Analysis: Nashville’s been hot. Before their Tuesday night, Nov. 14 battle against Washington, Nashville has won 4 straight. The Predators beat Anaheim 5 to 3, the L.A. Kings 4 to 3 in overtime, and Columbus 3 to 1 in 3 straight road matches.
The fourth win was in a 5 to 4 shootout at home versus Pittsburgh. Could Nashville dominate the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night?
I think so. Minnesota is 3-3-1 overall this season. The Wild have an issue scoring more goals than they allow. Although the Wild’s defense is fantastic, 2.7 goals per, the offense only averages 2.9 goals per.
I believe Nashville takes advantage of Minnesota’s lack of goal production. The last time these two faced each other, Nashville beat Minnesota 3 to 0.
Boston at San Jose
When: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Analysis: By the time Boston battles San Jose on Saturday, they will have fought against Anaheim and the L.A. Kings in road games earlier in the week. Boston has a 1-3-1-1 road record going into their Nov. 15 game versus Anaheim.
San Jose’s home record of 6 and 4 is decent. Boston did beat San Jose 2 to 1 in a road game for the Sharks on Oct. 26. San Jose should turn the tables. I’m willing to take a chance on the Boston Bruins, though.
Why? The odds are going to be too juicy on the Bruins. Plus, San Jose might not show their best because Boston is an Eastern Conference team.
Los Angeles at Vegas
When: Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Analysis: This is an intriguing matchup. The L.A. Kings are 11-4-2 overall. The Kings have lost 2 straight before this week’s Nov. 14 battle against Vancouver. The Kings battle the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time this Sunday.
Vegas is 7 and 1 at home. The Golden Knights are 3-4-0-1 away. That’s how big of a difference the Knights play at home compared to playing away. Since Vegas is likely to be a home dog in this game, I’ll go with them.
The Kings’ form has taken a slight step back while the Golden Knights are money at home. I’ll back Vegas.