NHL Expert Picks Thanksgiving Week 2017Josh Bailey
The 2017-18 NHL season is starting to heat up a bit as temperatures across the country start to drop and we approach the holiday season. In the spirit of giving, here’s my trio of expert Week 7 NHL picks!
NHL Expert Picks Thanksgiving Week 2017
Edmonton Oilers (7-11-2) at St. Louis Blues (15-5-1)
When: Tuesday, November 21 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, MO
While Edmonton entered the season as one of the top picks to win this season’s Stanley Cup, it is the S. Louis Blues that are tied for the most wins in hockey at the moment. The struggling Oilers have dropped two straight heading into the new week and are ranked an uninspiring 27th in scoring (2.5 gpg) and equally disappointing 23rd in goals allowed (3.2 gpg).
St. Louis has won two straight heading into Monday night and ranks an impressive seventh in scoring (3.2 gpg) and even more encouraging fifth in goals allowed (2.6 gpg). Superstar Connor McDavid has 25 points for Edmonton but the Oilers aren’t getting much from anyone else right now. St. Louis Center Brayden Schenn has a stellar 26 points while left-winger Jaden Schwartz and right-winger Vladimir Tarasenko have both lit the lamp 10 times. The Blues get the win at home here by two goals people!
Pick: St. Louis 4 Edmonton 2
Vancouver Canucks (9-8-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (11-8-3)
When: Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
The Canucks have dropped two straight and Pittsburgh enters the new week coming off a loss as well. Vancouver is struggling to score the puck in a big way right now, ranking 26th in scoring (2.6 gpg) even though they are ranked a respectable 13th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg).
The Penguins, on the other hand, are off to a slow start and rank 25th in scoring (2.7 gpg) and 26th in goals allowed (3.4 gpg). Right now, veteran right-winger Phil Kessel is pretty much doing everything for the Pens while Vancouver is getting their contributions spread around a bit more with center Bo Horvat and right-winger Brock Boeser doing most of the damage. I would pick the Canucks for the road win, but Pittsburgh is a robust 6-1-1 at home.
Pick: Pittsburgh 4 Vancouver 3
San Jose Sharks (10-8) at Vegas Knights (12-6-1)
When: Friday, November 24 at 10:00 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
San Jose has dropped two straight heading into the new week while Vegas continues to impress in its inaugural season and enters Monday night riding a two-game winning streak. The Sharks are having a bit of a weird campaign as they rank a stellar first in defense (2.3 gpg), but an ugly 28th in scoring (2.4 gpg).
Vegas has been way more consistent in ranking fourth in scoring (3.6 gpg) and a solid 16th in goals allowed (3.0 gpg). Left-wingers James Neal (10 goals) and David Perron (17 points), right-winger Reilly Smith (16 points) and center William Karlsson (9 Goals, 7 Assists) are on fire this season for the high-scoring Knights!
Pick: Vegas 3 San Jose 2