Another weekend is almost upon us, which means that a full slate of NHL games will be coming our way over the next couple of days. Some definite favorites have emerged through the opening quarter of the season, but when you have an 82-game schedule, you tend to see every team have a bit of a rollercoaster ride throughout the year. We could well see fortunes change over the holiday period, with the standings perhaps looking a little different as we head into 2022. That’s something that we will watch play out over the next few weeks, but for now, let’s look ahead to Saturday and Sunday to see what the schedule has in store for us so you can bet against the NHL odds.
NHL Betting Odds – Games Analysis, Top Picks, Previews for Week 9 Matches
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins – Saturday
In the Atlantic Division, we are seeing the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers beginning to open up a little bit of a lead at the top. The Lightning and the Bruins are in the chasing back, with Tampa currently sitting 6 points ahead of Boston. The Lightning, though, has lost 2 in a row, but they are still 6-2-2 in their last 10, with the Leafs are 6-4-0 in the same stretch. Always an exciting game between these two.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Minnesota Wild – Saturday
There is probably not a better matchup on the schedule on Saturday, as we are looking at a pair of division leaders squaring off in this one. The Maple Leafs have been red hot of late, winning 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10, a run that took them to the top of the Atlantic Division. In the Central Division, the Minnesota Wild have built a 4-point lead and have won 4 straight games, so they too are in a rich vein of form. The Wild are a very impressive 8-2-0 on home ice.
San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets – Sunday
This is an interesting one in that both of these teams are not in the best possible position, although both are still very much in the playoff conversation. A good run of form could change that, so both will be fired up to get the win on Sunday night. The San Jose Sharks are sitting 4th in the Pacific Division at the moment, and while they are playing .500 hockey in the last 10, they have won 2 in a row. Columbus are also 5-5-0 in their last 10, but they have lost 2 in a row. They will be looking to continue their strong play at home, where they are 8-3-0.
Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights – Sunday
There is a fantastic battle going on in the Pacific Division right now, with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers swapping turns at the top. There are a couple of teams who are hot on their heels, though, and while Vegas are within reach, they have lost 2 in a row and will be looking to put an end to that slide before it gets longer. The Flames are an impressive 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and have been great away from home, going 9-2-2 in hostile territory.