The 2015-2016 NHL Season continue to move along. Every week, hockey handicappers are blessed with great action on the ice.
This week, the best bets starts with a Thursday matchup between Anaheim and St. Louis. The Blues’ defense doesn’t appear to be as shut down as it has in the past. Can Anaheim take advantage? Nashville travels to Hollywood to take on Los Angeles while San Jose travels to Colorado to battle the Avalanche. Keep reading for this week’s top NHL action!
NHL Best Bets Oct 26th – Nov1st
Anaheim at St. Louis
When: Thursday, Oct. 29
The game versus the Blues is the fifth of a 5 game road trip that started on Oct. 22. Anaheim is 1 and 5 to start this week. Things should get better for the Ducks, but they face a very good team in St. Louis on Thursday.
St. Louis is 5-2-1 to start the week. Even though the defense doesn’t appear to be as good as it has been in the past, the offense has improved to the point where St. Louis is second in the NHL in goals per at 33.9 per match. The volume will overwhelm Anaheim who just doesn’t look like they are close to being the team that some hockey handicappers thought might win the Stanley Cup this season.
Pick: St. Louis
Nashville at Los Angeles
When: Saturday, Oct. 31
Nashville travels to Los Angeles to battle a Kings’ team that is on a big roll. To start the week, the Kings have won 5 straight. The Kings battle surprise Winnipeg this Tuesday before taking on the tough Predators on Saturday.
The Kings’ defense is rock solid while the offense appears to be coming around. It’s going to be difficult for Nashville to defeat L.A. but here’s the thing, in hockey nobody can put together more than a 6 to 7 game winning streak. The talent level is just too spread out, which is why repeat winners of the Stanley Cup don’t often happen year to year.
Nashville had won 3 in a row before losing to Pittsburgh on Oct. 24. The Predators are the play this Saturday.
San Jose at Colorado
When: Sunday, Nov. 1
On Sunday, the Sharks travel to Colorado to battle the Avalanche. Colorado used to have one of the top teams in NHL during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Colorado’s squads aren’t as formidable nowadays.
But, the Avalanche might have a shot against San Jose who is 5 and 3 to start the week. The Sharks battle Nashville and Dallas this week before traveling to Denver on Nov. 1. Colorado rests on Oct. 31 following a 3 game road trip. They could surprise the Sharks on Sunday.