It’s a quiet day in the hockey world, with the NHL going dark for Thanksgiving Day in the US. That gives us some time to look back at the games played to this point and the teams that are setting the tone early in the NHL. It’s always good to stop for a moment and take a look at the standings now, as there is a very solid chance that they will be very different once we get closer to the end of the season. For now, though, the current records of each team help us identify the big games that are coming this weekend. Let’s start on Friday and take a look at the best matchups for the weekend so you can bet against the NHL Odds.
Top 2021 NHL Matches to Must Watch & Bet On Week 7
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars – Friday
The race for the Centra Division is tight in the early going, with just 7 points separating the top 6 teams. The Dallas Stars are sitting at #6 in that group of teams, and they could use a win here to keep in touch with the teams above them. That is going to be easier said than done against a Colorado Avalanche team rebounding from a slow start with 6 straight wins.
Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals – Friday
Impossible to ignore this one given that it is a matchup between two of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers have the most points in the league right now, amassing 31 through 19 games. The Capitals have 29 points, good for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, and have gone an impressive 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights – Saturday
We are seeing the two Alberta teams dominate in the Pacific Division, but the Vegas Golden Knights are doing their best to keep up, sitting just off the pace being set by the Flames and Oilers. Edmonton is certainly better at home than they are on the road, so expect this to be a tough road trip into Sin City for a huge divisional game.
Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames – Saturday
In what you have to say is something of a surprise, the Calgary Flames are sitting atop the Pacific Division with one of the best records in the league. As good as they have been, they are just 3-1-3 on home ice this season, but you would certainly like them to improve on that against a good Jets team that is on a 4-game losing skid after a hot start.
New York Islander at New York Rangers – Sunday
These Metropolitan Division rivals may be having very different fortunes this season, but records seem to go out the window when they clash. The Rangers will be looking to keep pace with the leaders in the division, while the Islanders, who just opened a beautiful new arena, will be looking to snap out of a 7-game losing skid.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks – Sunday
The Maple Leafs will hit the road looking to extend their current run of good form, where they have gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, which includes their current modest 2-game win streak. They will have a tough battle on their hands, though, as the Anaheim Ducks have been tough to beat on home ice, going 7-3-1 in their own building.