This past weekend was a fantastic celebration of the spot of hockey, with the All-Stars putting on quite the show in the Nevada desert. The fun is now over, though, as we get ready for the second half of the season and the stretch run for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The stakes are raised, and the pressure is that much higher, so it is going to be fun to see which teams crumble and which teams rise to the occasion when the going gets tougher. It’s going to be a busy month, with a ton of make-up games on the schedule, but for now, let’s focus on the must watch and wager games coming this week so you can place your bets against the NHL odds.
NHL Betting | Must Wagers Games This Week (Feb. 7th – 10th)
Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs – Monday
We don’t have to wait too long to see a couple of heavyweights hit the ice, as these are two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference at the moment. The Hurricanes are currently sitting atop the Metropolitan Division and come into the second half of the season on a 4-game winning streak. The Maple Leafs are doing all they can to keep pace with the Lightning and Panthers in the Atlantic and are also hot, winning each of their last 5 games. What a great way to start the new week.
Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers – Tuesday
The race for the Pacific Division crown should really begin to heat up in the second half, as we have the Oilers and Flames getting ready to make up all the games they missed due to postponement. Vegas is the team they are both trying to catch, with the Golden Knights sitting atop the division in what looks to be a division that is going to go all the way down to the wire. Neither team has been particularly great over the last 10 games, but this is a huge one for both of them.
Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars – Wednesday
I could easily have gone with the Vegas Golden Knights playing their second straight game in Alberta against the Flames here, but I decided to go with this game instead. The Predators are in second in the Central Division, but they have some ground to make up on the high-flying Avalanche. This is a game that you would expect them to win, but it’s never easy to take out a divisional opponent. It was Nashville who took the earlier meeting this season, downing the Stars 4-2 on the road. I think we might well see some goals in this one.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche – Thursday
Forget just Thursday night, this might well be the best game on the schedule this week. The Tampa Bay Lightning are, of course, the defending champions and are on a tear again this season, although they are 3 games back of the Florida Panthers atop the Atlantic Division. The Avalanche are quickly becoming the class of the Western Conference and are beginning to run away with things atop the division and the conference. Might this be a preview of the Stanley Cup Final? Only time will tell.