When the NHL announced plans that included not allowing players to go to the Olympics, there was some unhappiness with the decision. It was a move that was necessary in order for the league to make up the games that got lost to COVID. The teams that were hardest hit now know what their upcoming schedule looks like now that the games have been rearranged. It’s fair to say that some are going to have a busier February than most, which could have an impact on the standings once all is said and done. For now, we are going to look ahead to the weekend schedule and pick out a few of the games that we consider the ones to watch and wager on against the NHL odds.
NHL Betting | Top Must Bet Games This Weekend: Friday to Sunday
New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes – Friday
We are seeing some great divisional battles going on across the NHL, but perhaps none better than the one happening in the Metropolitan Division. The New York Rangers are currently on top, but just 5 points separates them from the team in 4th. Sitting 2 points back of the division leaders are the Carolina Hurricanes, so it goes without saying that this one is crucial, even at this stage of the season. This is the first of 4 meetings between these teams this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks – Friday
The Tampa Bay Lightning came into the season as the defending Stanley Cup champions, and they look determined to make another run. They have the most points (59) of any team in the league, but this is going to be a tough road trip for them. Anaheim is still in the hunt for the top spot in the Pacific Division, but they are in a slump right now, losing 4 in a row and picking up just 1 win in their last 10. They are strong at home, though, so no pushover.
Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers – Saturday
There is arguably no better rivalry in the league than the Battle of Alberta, and it is particularly fun when both teams are good and fighting for a division title. The Flames have dropped down to 5th in the division, but they also have 5-7 games in hand to the teams ahead of them, which is only valuable if they pick up points in those games. The Oilers are slumping hard at the moment, but they always find a way to get up for a game against their big rivals.
St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks – Sunday
Not a lot to choose from in the Sunday schedule, but this is one that I think is worth a look. The Blues are currently sitting in 2nd in the Central Division and have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. They need to keep that going in order to stay the course with the surging Colorado Avalanche at the top of the division. The Canucks are trying to claw their way back into playoff contention in the West and are currently on a 6-3-1 run that has seen them win each of their last 2 games.