After becoming the first team to record 20 victories this past weekend, are the incendiary Carolina Hurricanes now the best team in the NHL? Can anyone contain Edmonton Oilers superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl? With three legitimate Stanley Cup title contenders, is the West Division the best in all of hockey?
With Week 9 of the 2020-21 NHL regular season here, it’s time to find out which games fit the bill of must-see TV matchups you just shouldn’t miss. Let’s get right to it so you can place your bets against their NHL odds.
Top NHL Games to Watch and Bet On Week 9
Edmonton at Calgary at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Monday, March 15
Edmonton (18-12) is in third place in the North Division standings, but have hockey’s top two scorers in the aforementioned Connor McDavid (52 points) and Leon Draisaitl (45 points). Calgary (13-12-3) is in fifth place in the standings, but comes into this contest riding a two-game winning streak. Still, this should be a thriller with Edmonton going 6-1 in its last seven road games and 4-1 in the last five meetings against Calgary.
NY Islanders at Washington at 7:00 PM ET
- When: Tuesday, March 16
The Islanders (19-6-4) are making my preseason prediction look great right now. While no one was really mentioning New York as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender this season, I was. The Isles are in first place in the East Division standings. More importantly, they look great as they head into the new week riding the wave of a stunning nine-game winning streak.
Washington (17-6-4) has won four straight and eight of 10 heading into the new week. The Caps are in second place in the East standings, four points behind the Islanders. The road team in this rivalry has gone a commanding 12-3 in the last 15 meetings and the Isles have won seven of nine when visiting the nation’s capital.
San Jose at Vegas at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Wednesday, March 17
The Sharks might be sitting in seventh place in the West standings (11-11-3), but they hit the new week riding a three-game winning streak that has helped them improve to 5-4-1 over their last 10. Unfortunately, division-leading Vegas (18-6-1) has won two straight and eight of 10 heading into the new week. The Golden Knights have won four straight and six of the last seven meetings in this rivalry.
Columbus at Carolina at 7:00 PM ET
- When: Thursday, March 18
Columbus (11-12-7) is in fifth place in the Central Division standings. The Blue Jackets are 3-5-2 over their last 10 games. Carolina (20-6-1) is the first team in the league to record 20 wins. The Hurricanes have won eight straight heading into the new week. Carolina ranks sixth in scoring (3.4 gpg) and seventh in goals allowed (2.5 gpg) and has won two of the last three meetings in this rivalry and six of 10 overall.
Vegas at LA Kings at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Friday, March 19
Vegas (18-6-1) is in first place in the West Division standings and comes into the new week having won two straight and eight of its last 10 games overall. Los Angeles (11-10-6) is in fifth place in the standings but has dropped two straight coming into the new week while going an uninspiring 3-4-3 over its last 10 games overall. The Golden Knights are ranked eighth in scoring (3.3 gpg) and an even more impressive second in goals allowed (2.2 gpg). Vegas has won two straight in this rivalry after dropping the previous three meetings against the Kings.
Dallas at Detroit at 7:00 PM ET
- When: Saturday, March 20
Dallas (9-9-6) is in sixth place in the Central Division standings. The Stars have gone an uninspiring 3-5-2 over their last 10 but comes into the new week off a thrilling 2-1 shootout win over Columbus on Sunday. Detroit is in last place in the eight-team Central standings. The Red Wings (8-17-4) have gone 4-5-1 over their last 10 games and was on the wrong end of a crushing 2-1 home loss against Carolina on Sunday. Dallas has won three straight and seven of nine in this rivalry.