Start the New Year by cashing in on my NHL betting picks for the first week of 2019.
NHL Picks New Year’s Week
Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks
When: Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 1:00 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Analysis: Tampa Bay appears to be running away with the Atlantic Division. Heading into the New Year, the Lightning have a stunning 30-7-2 record. But, that doesn’t mean Boston’s totally out of it.
The Bruins are 21-14-4 before heading into 2019. Boston’s gone 4-2 in their last 6 and have an 8-9-4 record on the road. They should have the upper hand versus the 15-20-5 Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Chicago’s only .500 at home with an 8-8-3 record. The Blackhawks have been hot in their last 6, winning 5-of-6. 2 of the wins were at the United Center. Because the odds should be fair, Chicago gets the nod.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche
When: Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Analysis: The San Jose Sharks face one of the surprise teams in the Western Conference on Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado remains in contention in the Central Division even though they’ve gone 2-8 in their last. 10. The Avalanche ride a 4-game losing streak into their Wednesday throw down with the Sharks.
San Jose’s got a nice 21-12-4 record. They’ve got a winning record on the road, going 9-8-2. Colorado will put up a fight, but the cracks have shown. The Avalanche won’t do enough to keep San Jose from winning this match on Jan. 2.
Back the Sharks, maybe even on the puck line if they show up to the Pepsi Center as the favorites.
Pick: San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins
When: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Analysis: On Sunday, the Blackhawks travel to PPG Paints Arena to take on the Penguins. Chicago dominated Pittsburgh 6-3 when they faced them on December 12.
That was a road game, though. Pittsburgh has a nice 11-7-2 home record. Not only that, but heading into the first week of 2019, the Pens have been on a tear, winning 5 in a row and 7-of-8.
Penguins should win this match.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins