NHL Picks Nov 7-13Josh Bailey
Wow, it’s heating up on the ice! Will Buffalo take down Ottawa at home on Wednesday? How will Chicago play against St. Louis? On Thursday, it’s a great battle between Philadelphia and Toronto. Who wins in that matchup? All of my NHL picks for the week are in nationally televised games!
NHL Free Picks Nov 7-13
Ottawa at Buffalo
When: Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
Analysis: Ottawa is 7-4 on the season. They’re pretty much tied with Tampa Bay, who sits at 7-4-0-1. The Senators and the Lightning are both chasing the still hot Montreal Canadians. The Canadians are an awesome 10-1-0-1.
Already the battle in the Atlantic Division among Montreal, Ottawa and Tampa Bay is interesting. Can Ottawa add a win on the road against tough Buffalo on Wednesday night?
The Sabres have a winning record at 5-4-1-1. They are playing tough defense as evidenced by their 9-2 goal line record. In fact, Buffalo is ranked fourth in NHL in goals allowed per match at 2.2.
I like Buffalo.
Chicago at St. Louis
When: Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Analysis: St. Louis has lost the Central Division lead. We’re still early in the NHL Season, but rivalry games like this one mean something even early in the season.
This is especially true since St. Louis sits at 7-4-1-1 to start the week while Chicago is at 9-3-0-1. The Blues allow 2.5 goals per match while scoring 2.4 goals per match. Although St. Louis is ranked third in NHL at shots on goal per match, they are ranked eleventh in NHL in shots scored against them per match.
Chicago averages 3.5 goals per match off 28.2 shots taken. That’s exceptional. It’s hard for me to go against the Blackhawks in this game considering that it’s a Central Division rivalry matchup.
Philadelphia at Toronto
When: Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Analysis: Philadelphia travels to Toronto to battle Auston Matthews and the surprising Maple Leafs. Toronto is 5-4-2-1 on the season. The Leafs have a winning record. They’re 8-4 on the goal line. They also go into the week hot.
The Leafs have won 3 matches in a row. They take on the L.A. Kings on Nov. 8 at home before resting for this Thursday game. The rest could help Toronto beat Philadelphia as a possible slight home dog.
I think Toronto gets it done.