The 2019 NHL season is starting to heat up and there are a trio of must watch and bet NHL games. Let’s get started.
Must Watch NHL Games Feb 4 – 10
Columbus Blue Jackets at Vegas Golden Knights
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 pm ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Analysis: Columbus is one of those NHL teams that plays equally well on their own ice and on away ice. The Blue Jackets have an excellent 14-9-1-0 away record as of Feb. 3. They begin a 3-match road trip on Feb. 5 versus the Colorado Avalanche. After the Avalanche, Columbus takes on Arizona, which means by the time they land in Vegas, they will have already played 2 road matches this week.
Vegas had been one of the hottest teams in NHL heading into the all-star break. Since the all-star break, they’ve been ice cold, dropping 4 in a row. They were favored in 3-of-4.
Columbus hasn’t been much better, though. Like Vegas, they too have been terrible since the all-star break. The Blue Jackets ride a 5-game losing streak into the week, but they’ll be dogs in this. It makes sense to back the team offering better odds when both are struggling.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets
St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators
When: Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 pm ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Analysis: Heading into the week, Nashville’s been on fire going 3-1 SU. The Predators only have a 16-10-0-0 home record. They actually have a better road record than they do a home record. It might be to St. Louis’ advantage that they battle the Predators on the road on Sunday.
The Blues have a decent 11-9-3-0 road record. They’ve finally gotten above .500 and could be on the cusp of making a run in the Central Division. The last time St. Louis faced Nashville, they demolished them 6-2. St. Louis just matches up well with the Predators. They’re the pick.
Pick: St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers
When: Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: Heading into their Feb. 4 match against Anaheim, the Maple Leafs have been awful. They’re 2-4 in their last 6 and 4-6 in their last 10.
The Leafs have lost against some bad teams like Arizona and Detroit. Toronto has a 16-6-2-0 away record, though. They also dominated the Rangers 5-3 the last time they faced them.
But, the Rangers have played well. They’ve got a big shot to upset the Maple Leafs as a home dog on Sunday.
Pick: New York Rangers