Top NHL Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week - February 19th

Top NHL Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week – February 19th

Written by on February 19, 2018

If the Philadelphia Flyers weren’t already in the trade market for a goaltender with No. 1 Brian Elliott lost for 5-6 weeks due to core muscle surgery, they surely are now after replacement starter Michal Neuvirth had to leave Sunday’s 7-4 win over the Rangers with a lower-body injury. He was replaced by rookie Alex Lyon, who went on to stop 25 of the 26 shots he faced to record his first career win. Here are two intriguing NHL betting matchups this week. Check back for the latest NHL odds at our online sportsbook.

Top NHL Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week – February 19th

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks

When: Wednesday, 10 PM ET (NHL Center Ice) Every point is crucial for both these clubs as they battle for playoff spots – both would be in as things stand but there’s not a lot of wiggle room ahead of the two current wild-card teams. Both clubs are looking for help ahead of next Monday’s trade deadline. However, Anaheim GM Bob Murray thinks that the price to make a deal at or before the trade deadline is too high. “These price tags, it’s ridiculous,” Murray said. “And the price tags just seem to keep going up every year. Whatever. Maybe it will get there, maybe it won’t. Time will tell. There’s still enough days left.” Somehow, it’s the first meeting of the season between these Western Division rivals. Should be John Gibson in net for the Ducks. Entering this week, he’s 21-15-6 on the season with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage. Will they have star Ryan Kesler? He sat out Saturday’s game vs. the Wild with a lower-body injury. Kesler has had an injury-shortened season and really hasn’t looked right all year with just six goals and two assists in 22 games. One Duck having a solid season is Adam Henrique. He scored six game-winning goals for the Ducks since Dec. 1. That’s the most in the NHL over that span. Will Dallas have center Martin Hanzal for this one? He missed Sunday’s game because of general soreness so it doesn’t sound too serious. He has five goals and 10 points in 37 games this season. Over the weekend, the team got back top-four defenseman Marc Methot. He had missed 15 straight games with an injury. Naturally, Methot got into a fight in his first game back with Blues forward Brayden Schenn.

New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens

When: Thursday, 7:30 PM ET (NHL Center Ice) Both these Original Six teams have been huge disappointments and thus are likely to be sellers ahead of the trade deadline. The Habs enter the week on a five-game losing streak and didn’t score more than three goals in any of them. Carey Price made 25 saves in a relief appearance but was still on the hook for the loss in a 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. After coming for relief of Antti Niemi, Price made 25 saves on 28 shots for the Canadiens. Price has really been off this season with a 15-22-5 record, 2.98 GAA and a .904 save percentage. The club might get back winger Andrew Shaw this week, though. He has been out since mid-January with a lower-body injury. Another future Hall of Fame netminder, the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, also has had a disappointing season. He was yanked from Saturday’s game against Ottawa and then proceeded to allow seven goals on 37 shots in a 7-4 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. King Henrik has lost four games in a row to lower his record to 23-21-4 on the season. He has a 2.89 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Is Montreal a safe bet this week in the NHL? This is the last meeting of the season between the clubs. On Oct. 8, the Canadiens lost 2-0 at the Rangers in one of Lundqvist’s better outings of the season with 34 saves. Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored for New York. Montreal had two goals disallowed earlier in the opening period. On Oct. 28, the Habs beat the visiting Rangers 5-4 despite blowing leads of 3-0 and 4-2. Philip Danault scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to win it. Paul Byron, Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, and Danault also had two assists for his first career four-point game. Price made 22 saves. Price improved to 16-6-1 all-time against the Rangers in the regular season, winning 12 of his last 14 games against them. Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad and Brady Skjei scored for the Rangers. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots. Pavelec is now winless in Montreal in his last eight appearances so I doubt he’s in there Thursday.

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