Top NHL Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week - February 5th Edition

Top NHL Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week – February 5th Edition

Written by on February 5, 2018

Have we seen future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr play his last game in the NHL? The 45-year-old cleared waivers last week and the Calgary Flames announced that the 45-year-old winger was joining HC Kladno of the Czech 1 Liga in the Czech Republic. Jagr is the NHL’s third-leading goal scorer, behind only Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky, and he ranks second in points and third in games played. Here are two interesting NHL matchups this week. Check back for NHL betting lines.

Top NHL Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week – February 5th Edition

Vegas at Pittsburgh

When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET (SNO) A preview of the Stanley Cup Finals? Could well be as Vegas is having the greatest season by an expansion team in not just NHL history but sports history as it leads the Pacific Division and trails only Tampa Bay for the most points in the NHL. The Penguins, of course, have won the past two Stanley Cups and are starting to play like champions in winning seven of 10 to climb in the Metropolitan Division. The biggest-name player that Vegas took in this past summer’s expansion draft was former Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, so you now this game will mean even more to him. The Penguins sent a second-round pick in 2020 to ensure Vegas would take Fleury, who played in Pittsburgh for 14 years. He had lost his starting job with the Pens to youngster Matt Murray. Fleury was very popular in the city because he was so involved in the community and should get a tremendous ovation in his return. Fleury waived his no-movement clause before the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline so the Penguins could protect Murray in the NHL Expansion Draft. If Fleury had decided to not waive the clause, general manager Jim Rutherford would have worked to trade him to one of the 18 teams not on his no-trade list before the deadline.

What Happened After His Recent Injury?

After Murray sustained a lower-body injury during warmups before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Fleury went 9-6 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Murray replaced Fleury in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators. These two teams played in Las Vegas on Dec. 14 and the Golden Knights, who are nearly unbeatable at home, won 2-1. Fleury stopped 24 shots against his former team and Jon Merrill’s goal snapped a third-period tie. James Neal scored for Vegas, while Ian Cole scored Pittsburgh’s goal. Murray stopped 24 shots for the Pens.

Boston at NY Rangers

When: Wednesday, 8 PM ET (NBC Sports Network) Always interesting when two Original Six teams face off. The Bruins are playing great hockey these days as they attempt to catch Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers wouldn’t make the playoffs as things stand as they are last in the Metropolitan Division. The Blueshirts are good at home with a 17-9-3 record but 8-13-2 on the road. Boston enters the week off a 4-1 win over Toronto on Saturday, the Bruins’ seventh win in the past eight games. Tuukka Rask turned aside 23 of 24 shots. The only goal Rask gave up came while the Maple Leafs were on the power play. Mitch Marner got credit for the goal, but Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was the last one to touch the puck before it went in the net. That pushed Rask’s personal winning streak to seven games. He has a 21-8-4 record with a 2.09 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this season. Patrice Bergeron stayed hot on Saturday by scoring a goa. He has 12 goals in the past 14 games and 22 goals and 44 points in 45 contests this season.  Future Hall of Fame defenseman Zdeno Chara played in his 1,400th NHL game Saturday. He had an assist and logged 24 minutes. Chara became just the 39th player to ever reach the 1,400-game milestone and one of just four active NHL players on that list. Are the Bruins a safe bet this week?

How Well Has New York Done?

The Rangers enter the week having lost five of six. Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 27 shots in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. King Henrik has now lost each of his last four decisions. He has a 21-15-4 record with a 2.72 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season. Marc Staal suffered an upper-body injury in the game and so did Jimmy Vesey. Their status for this week isn’t clear. Staal’s could be worrisome as he exited the game after taking a high hit by Preds defenseman Alexei Emelin. The Rangers have to be concerned about the injury because he’s dealt with concussions in the past. The Rangers are 2-0 against Boston this season. The teams last played on Dec. 16 in Boston and New York won 3-2 in overtime. Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for New York, which recovered after giving up a 2-0 lead. It was the Rangers’ seventh straight win in the series. Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen scored for Boston. Rask stopped 25 shots.

Expert NHL Betting Predictions of the Week

The Golden Knights are a much different team on the road so go with the Pens. Boston finally ends that skid vs. the Rangers. These are some great NHL betting picks to consider, so be sure to check out more before placing your wagers!
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