We are still in the very early stages of the NHL season, so it is much too soon to be declaring any team as a Stanley Cup favorite. That said, there are a few teams who are off to ridiculously good starts to the season, with the Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, and Edmonton Oilers all sporting perfect records to start the year. On the flipside, you have a handful of teams who are already mired in slumps that need to be a little concerning. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Vegas Golden Knights are both in troubling losing streaks that they will look to snap out of sooner rather than later. That brings us to the slate of games for this week, and there are some big games on tap. Let’s take a look at a few of the best matches for Week 3 of the 2021 season so you can bet against their NHL odds.
NHL Betting Odds – Games Analysis, Top Picks, Previews for Week 3
Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres – Monday
While not a drastic start to the season, the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning will not be pleased with their current 2-2-1 record or the fact that they have dropped 2 in a row. Things will not get any easier to start this week, as they will be on the road to face a Buffalo team that is 3-1-1, although they have also now lost back-to-back games. Both teams will be looking to snap out of those slumps before they grow too big.
Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks – Tuesday
A very good Western Conference matchup is the highlight of the Tuesday night schedule. The Wild are out to a solid start, going 4-1-0, and have routinely been in games with a ton of goals. It is the same story with the Canucks, who are 3-2-1. If it’s offense that you are after, then you will almost certainly get it in this one.
Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers – Wednesday
It is indeed still early in the season, but you can already see that the Metropolitan Division is going to be fun to watch. The Flyers have a winning record at 2-1-1, yet they still find themselves in the cellar of the division. They are going to have a tough time crawling out of it, as they will be heading to Alberta to face ab Edmonton Oilers team that is on fire to start the season. The Oilers have already scored 24 goals through their opening 5 games.
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes – Thursday
A pair of teams who came into the season among the favorites to do well in the Eastern Conference will meet up on Thursday night. The Bruins are 3-1-0 and have won 2 in a row heading into the new week. The Hurricanes are one of the few remaining teams with a 100% record in the NHL, although whether they will still have that record when this one rolls around remains to be seen.
Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers – Friday
As mentioned earlier, the Metropolitan Division looks as though it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch this season, which is why we have chosen this as our Friday night game to watch. The Blue Jackets are 3-2-0 coming into this week and still looking for their first road win. The Rangers have win 4 in a row and are top of the division with a 4-1-1 record.