Unlike the a Turkey Day full of football, the NHL doesn’t play on Thanksgiving Day. The game may be Canadian, but the majority of the players and players’ families are based in the USA. That and the fact that the NHL doesn’t want to have to compete with the NFL. In any case, the pro hockey league picks up the good fight on Friday, Nov. 27. Keep reading to find out which teams will have their own less than positive Black Friday this week.
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A Closer Look At The NHL Thanksgiving Week Picks
Chicago at Anaheim
When: Friday, Nov. 27
Chicago battles Anaheim in what could be a very interesting game. To start the week, the Blackhawks are 11-8-2 overall. Chicago is 3-6-1 in away games to start the week. They battle Anaheim after a road game versus San Jose on Nov. 25.
Anaheim continues to underperform. The Ducks lost 3 straight games from Nov. 9 to Nov. 13. They went 2 and 2 straight up in a 4 game battle from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21 to play out last week. That’s not bad. But, facing Chicago is no easy task. Expect Anaheim to lose this game on Friday.
New York Islanders at Tampa Bay
When: Saturday, Nov. 28
Islanders versus Lightning could be a nice rivalry not just during the regular season but also in a series if the two hook up in the post-season. Tampa Bay is still one of the top teams in the league even though their 10-9-2-1 record may not imply it.
The Islanders are 10-8-2-1. New York is also 4-4-0-1 in away games this season. The Islanders have slowed down some but they’re still ranked in the Top 10 in goals scored per game and in the Top 15 in every important defensive category save for Penalty Minutes. Expect the Islanders to be good enough to beat Tampa Bay as a slight road dog in this.
Pick: New York Islanders
Florida at Detroit
When: Sunday, Nov. 29
Florida travels to Detroit to take on the Red Wings in this Sunday’s lone NHL game. The Panthers have gone 2 and 2 straight up in their last 4 games to start the week. One of the losses was a 4 to 5 overtime game to the New York Rangers. The Panthers are 3-4-1-1 in their away games this season.
Detroit has gone 5-5-1 in their home games this season. Detroit has won their last 2 games to start the week. The Red Wings beat the L.A. Kings and the St. Louis Blues. Those are 2 of the best teams in the Western Conference. Expect Detroit to continue to shine this week. Florida doesn’t stand much of a chance in this Sunday matchup against a Detroit squad that appears to be getting better.