It is always fun to take a look at the standings at different points in the season and then compare them to how things look once the regular season comes to close. In the NHL, we have an 82-game season, during which every single team will experience some highs and lows. The teams that are hot now, after roughly one-quarter of the season in the books, may not be the ones that are at the top once the playoffs begin. The four division leaders at this stage of the season are the Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, and the Calgary Flames. How many of that four will still be standing at the top of their respective divisions once the playoffs arrive? We will need to wait for that answer, but for now, let’s look at the week ahead and pick out some must watch and wager games so you can bet against their NHL odds.
NHL Betting Odds – Games Analysis, Top Picks, Previews for Week 10 Matches
Anaheim Ducks at Washington Capitals – Monday
It’s a great non-conference matchup to start the week, but one that is important for both teams. The Anaheim Ducks are sitting off the pace behind Calgary and Edmonton in the Pacific, but they are within striking distance. The Capitals have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and hold a slender 1-point lead atop the Metropolitan Division.
Florida Panthers at St. Louis Blues – Tuesday
Another out of conference game for both teams and one that is similar to the game that we just discussed. The Panthers are back on top of the Atlantic after winning 3 in a row and going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are in 3rd in the Central and losing ground after 2 straight losses. They are, though, a solid 7-3-1 on home ice this season.
Colorado Avalanche at New York Rangers – Wednesday
Over the last couple of seasons, the Avalanche have been among the favorites to win it all, so their current 12-7-2 record might be seen as disappointing by some. That said, they are just 2 points out of 2nd in the Central Division. The Rangers are on fire at the moment, closing out last week on a 6-game win streak and a run that has seen them win 9 of their last 10.
Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames – Thursday
We are seeing a trend in our games to watch this week, as this is another non-conference game for both teams. The Hurricanes are just 2 points out of the lead in the Metropolitan Division, but they need to be better than their current 5-4-1 run. The Flames lost their final game of last week, but they are still top in the Pacific and 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights – Friday
Sometimes, watching teams play is like looking at a car wreck, which is what is happening with the Flyers right now. They come into this week on an 8-game losing skid and a run that has seen them go 1-7-2 in their last 10. On the flipside, Vegas is heading into the new week on the heels of a big win over Calgary on Sunday, their second straight win.