The NHL never sleeps. Week to week the most competitive of the four major sports in the United States provides excellent matchups.
This week, the New York Rangers take on Tampa Bay in Tampa. The two teams battled each other to a classic during the 2014 NHL Playoffs. Another huge game takes place on Friday when L.A. travels to the Motor City to go against Detroit. Then, on Saturday, Nashville and Minnesota throw down in a competitive affair.
— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2015
Analyzing My NHL Free Picks Nov 16th to 22nd
New York Rangers at Tampa Bay
When: Thursday, Nov.19
The Rangers first game this week is the battle against Tampa Bay this Thursday. New York has 3 days off, from Monday to Thursday, before having to go against the very good Lightning. So far, the Rangers have been awesome.
New York is an incredible 14-2-1 this season. The Rangers have gone 5-1-1 on the road so far this season. They have won 9 games in a row. The streak started on Oct. 25 in a 4 to 1 win over Carolina. Since Tampa Bay is 3-4-0-1 at home, the Rangers figure to be a huge play on Thursday.
Pick: New York Rangers
L.A. Kings at Detroit Red Wings
When: Friday, Nov. 20
So far, the Kings have been as solid of a road team as any in the NHL. Los Angeles is an excellent 4 and 1 on the road to start the week. After facing Philadelphia on Nov. 17, the Kings have 2 days off before having to take on the Red Wings this Friday.
Detroit has to play Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 16. They have to take on the very talented Washington Capitals on Nov. 18. That’s two games before battling the Road Warrior Kings. Expect L.A. to be fresh and ready to show their best against a somewhat tired Detroit team on Friday. The Kings will rule.
Pick: Los Angeles Kings
Nashville at Minnesota
When: Saturday, Nov. 21
Nashville and Minnesota battle it out in a Central Division game. This will be Nashville’s third game of the week. But, this will also be Minnesota’s third game of the week. Both Minnesota and Nashville are very good at home.
Minnesota’s road record isn’t too bad. The Wild have gone 3-2-3 on the road to start the week. But Nashville is an exceptional 6-1-1 at home this season. The Predators are playing as well in their own building this season as they did last season when they were won of the tops at home in the entire NHL. Expect Nashville to come out and shut down Minnesota’s offense. Unless the Predators succumb to a few key injuries in their next two games, the likeliest outcome is a Nashville win.