It’s Thanksgiving week and I am giving thanks for my trio of bankroll busting NHL hockey betting picks that you can cash in before your turkey is gone. Let’s get started.
NHL Picks Thanksgiving Week
New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
When: Friday, Nov. 23 at 1:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: The Rangers head to Philadelphia on the Friday after Thanksgiving hoping to make up ground in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers aren’t playing badly, but they’re behind the intrastate rival New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Rangers are above .500 even though they don’t rank in the Top 20 in any offensive or defensive category except power play where they convert 20.9%. Converting power plays probably won’t get the job done versus the Flyers on the road on Friday.
NYR’s only 3-5-2 in their away games as of Nov. 17. Even though the Flyers are only 4-6-1 as of the start of the week, Philly should use home-ice advantage to their benefit on Nov. 23.
They’re the pick.
Pick: Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning
When: Friday, Nov. 23 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Analysis: A few years ago, Chicago sent the best hockey team in the world onto the ice. Now, it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning who might have the best hockey team in the world.
The Lightning are 14-5-1 heading into the week. They’ve gone a fantastic 7-3 at home. They also rank first in NHL in goals per with 3.6. Tampa only averages 32.8 shots on goal per match, which means they make the most of their opportunities.
Unless injuries derail them, the Lightning should beat the Blackhawks by at least 2 goals.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Analysis: The Pens have fallen to last place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh’s offense has been decent. It averages 3.3 goals per match, ranking 7th in NHL. The problem for the Penguins is on the defensive side where opponents score 3.3 goals per match.
Columbus leads the Metropolitans. The Blue Jackets average 3.4 goals per. Columbus should easily handle the Pens even though this game occurs on Pittsburgh’s ice. If we’re lucky, the Blue Jackets start this game as the dogs.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets