It is still very early in the NHL season, and we know that the best teams in the league will eventually begin to separate from the pack. For now, though, we are looking at some very tight races in both conferences, which is great for fans, but which makes things a little more challenging for the betting public. To give you an idea of how tight things are, consider that the 9 teams in the league who have accumulated 20+ points are all within 3 points of one another. There are just a small handful of teams who look to be totally out of it at this early stage, so it looks like we are in for a fun season if things continue this way. Let’s now look ahead to the coming week and the biggest games on the schedule so you can get ready to bet against their NHL odds.
NHL Betting Odds – Games Analysis, Top Picks, Previews for Week 6 Matches
Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets – Monday
It’s slim pickings on Monday night, as there are just 2 games on the NHL schedule, although one of them does look good. Detroit is currently sitting in 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 18 points and have gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Columbus is beginning to lose some ground in the early going after losing each of their last 2 games, so they will be looking to snap out of it on home ice, where they are 5-3-0.
Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets – Tuesday
Tuesday will see two of the top teams in the Western Conference square off in what looks to be the game of the night. The Edmonton Oilers sit atop the Pacific Division with 22 points from 14 games and 59 goals scored already. Winnipeg closed out last week with 2 straight wins, moving into 2nd in the Central Division in the process. If you like a lot of goals, this might be the game for you.
Washington Capitals at LA Kings – Wednesday
It’s East meets West on Wednesday night, with the high-flying Washington Capitals going on the road to face the LA Kings. The Capitals are 2nd in the Metropolitan Division with 22 points and are on a run that has seen them win 4 in a row heading into this week. The Kings ended last week on a losing note, but they are still 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs – Thursday
Both of these teams are off to a great start to the season, and both are coming into this week on a good run of form. The Rangers are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and have won 3 in a row. The Maple Leafs also closed out last week on a 3-game winning streak to go to an impressive 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, so this is a battle of Eastern Conference giants.
Colorado Avalanche at Seattle Kraken – Friday
It’s another quiet night on the NHL schedule on Friday, so this might be a good opportunity to get your first look at the Seattle Kraken, who are new to the NHL this season. It has not been a great start for them, though, and they come into this week on a 4-game losing skid. The Avalanche appear to be coming out of a slow start, closing out last week with back-to-back wins.