The NHL is mostly back to regularly scheduled business after a lockdown designed to stop the spread of COVID, which was leading to postponements all over the place. Looking at the week ahead, we do still see some postponed games on the schedule, but there are also plenty of massive games on tap that have playoff implications. Yes, with more than half of the season still to play, it’s a little too early to be talking postseason and Stanley Cup champions, but it often the points earned in this part of the season that help teams make the playoffs. Let’s now look ahead at the coming week and the games you should be paying attention to so you can bet against the NHL odds.
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Edmonton Oilers at New York Rangers – Monday
There may only be one game on the schedule on Monday night, but it is an absolute beauty. The Oilers have slipped all the way down to 4th in the Pacific Division after spending some time at the top. They come into this week on a 3-game losing slid and are just 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. The New York Rangers find themselves just 2 points out of the lead in the Metropolitan Division after winning back-to-back games. They will look to improve on their 9-3-2 home record.
Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers – Tuesday
If the Calgary Flames are in any way rusty after an extended layoff, they aren’t showing it, as they have returned with back-to-back wins and their offense firing on all cylinders. They have a tough week ahead of them, though, starting with a rod trip to Florida to face the Panthers. Florida has won 3 in a row and is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games. They are pushing for the top spot in the Atlantic Division in what is a very tight race.
St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins – Wednesday
This is another brilliant matchup to look forward to in a battle of East versus West. The Blues are riding high atop the Central Division, but it’s a slender 1-point lead at the moment. They have been a little more fragile on the road than at home, going 7-6-3 away from home. There is not team coming into this week hotter than the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are winners of 8 in a row. They are pushing hard to get into one of the automatic playoff spots in the Metropolitan Division, so all to play for in this one.
Calgary Flames at Tampa Bay Lightning – Thursday
I told you earlier that the Calgary Flames had a tough week ahead of them as they make their way through Florida. Thursday will see them head to Tampa Bay, looking to continue their fantastic road record that has seen them go 13-4-2 away from home. The Lightning ended last week on a bit of a skid after losing 3 in a row. They still have the lead atop the Atlantic Division, but it is down to just a single point right now. This is arguably the game of the week in the NHL.