Final NHL Expert Picks Of 2017Josh Bailey
If you’re looking to spread the holiday cheer around and you need some NHL picks that can help you do just that, then you’re one luck mother pucker!
Okay, okay, all attempts at ice hockey humor aside, I’ve got a trio of expert NHL picks for the holiday week ahead that are sure to please!
NHL Betting Picks
Washington (23-12-2 ATS) at NY Rangers (19-13-1)
When: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: Washington has gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 but they hit the new week having lost two straight games. The New York Rangers have gone 5-3-2 over the same span and they’ve also dropped two in a row heading into the new week. While the Rangers are at home in this contest and are the better statistical team almost across the board, it is Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals that are my pick to win outright, seeing as how they’ve won three straight and six of the last nine meetings, including their 4-2 home win over New York on Dec. 8. Washington is a solid 8-8-2 on the road this season and for some reason, they’ve just got the Rangers’ number!
Pick: Washington 2 New York 2
St. Louis (23-13-2) at Dallas (20-14-3)
When: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
TV: FSMW, FSSW
Analysis: St. Louis has gone 5-5 over their last 10 while Dallas has gone 4-4-2 over the same span. The Stars have won two straight entering the new week including their 3-1 win over Vancouver on Saturday, but I like the Blues to get the road win in this one because of their far superior defense which ranks third in all of hockey in goals allowed (2.5 gpg). Dallas is ranked in the middle of the pack at both ends of the ice and I think Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are going to struggle to find good shot attempts against a St. Louis defense that has been really stingy this season.
Pick: St. Louis 3 Dallas 2
Toronto (22-14-1) at Vegas (23-9-2)
When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: AT&T SN
Analysis: Toronto has been fantastic this season as James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner have led a potent offense that ranks seventh in scoring (3.3 gpg), but I’m a big believer in the expansion Vegas Knights this season and I like them to get the home win in this Sunday night showdown in a high-scoring affair simply because they have the third-ranked scoring offense in all of hockey (3.5 gpg). Right-winger James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault have been fantastic and I repeat once again, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins should have never traded away veteran goalie Marc Andre-Fleury who stonewalled Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in Saturday’s 3-0 win.
Pick: Vegas 4 Toronto 3