With the All-Star break coming to a head at the end of this week, all of my picks for this week’s best bets in the NHL are on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The first best bet game pits Toronto on the road versus Tampa Bay. In the second game, Philadelphia battles the top team in the NHL so far this season, the Washington Capitals. The final best bet of the week can be found in the Colorado Avalanche versus Los Angeles Kings matchup.
A Closer Look At The NHL’s Best Bets of the Week Jan 25-31
Toronto at Tampa Bay
When: Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 pm ET
This is a good matchup to go with the dog. Even though Toronto has been awful going into this week, the Maple Leafs are a terrible 2 and 8 straight up in their last 10 games, they played very well against the Lightning the last time that they faced Tampa Bay. The Leafs lost to Tampa 5 to 4 in overtime. It was a spirited battle. Toronto goes into the week having lost 0 to 1 in overtime to Carolina on Jan. 21 and having lost 2 to 3 in a shootout to Montreal on Jan. 23. The Maple Leafs will have a better shot than what the likely odds indicate in this match on Jan. 27. I plan on backing the Leafs at the good odds.
Philadelphia at Washington
When: Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 pm ET
Washington LW Alex Ovechkin had the absolute best quote when talking about the blizzard that buried the East Coast, including Washington D.C., this past weekend. “The snow didn’t affect us,” Ovechkin said. “We’re Russian.”
In addition to providing the D.C. media with great quotes, Ovechkin has led the Capitals to a 35-8-2-1 overall record and an 18-3-1-0 home record. The Capitals beat Philadelphia 5 to 2 the last time that they faced them. That game was on November 12, 2015. I expect the same type of score on Wednesday. So, I’ll be betting the puck line in this matchup.
Pick: Washington puck line
Colorado at Los Angeles
When: Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 pm ET
With a 31-15-2-1 record, Los Angeles leads the Pacific Division. Colorado has a 26-21-3 record. They aren’t close to Chicago in the Central Division yet, but there is a lot of hockey to play. More importantly for this game, Colorado has won 4 games in a row and 5 out of its last 6 to start the week. The last time that the Avalanche faced off against the Kings, they beat L.A. 4 to 1. That game took place in January this year. It wasn’t that long ago. L.A. has a good chance of turning the tables on Colorado in this match. But, I like to back hot teams as road underdogs in hockey. Colorado qualifies. I’m backing the Avalanche.