The new NHL season is under way, and we are back to the regular format in 2021. Last season was a little different in that the league decided to go with regional divisions in an effort to lessen the travel and the potential COVID impact for each team. While the shortened season and the different way of doing business was fun, it is good to be back to business as usual in the NHL. We have something else to look forward to this season, which is a new team in the league. The Seattle Kraken have already started their season and are playing .500 hockey in the early going. Let’s look at this week’s schedule and pick some of the standout games so you can bet against their NHL odds.
NHL Betting Odds – Games Analysis, Top Picks, Previews for Week 2
Seattle Kraken at Philadelphia Flyers – Monday
We already mentioned the new team in the league at the top of this piece, but if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, then you should take a look on Monday night when they hot the road to face the Philadelphia Flyers. Seattle is off to a decent enough start to the season, going 1-1-1 in their first 3 games, while the Flyers lost their only game of the season in OT. This one promises some goals, so it should be fun to watch.
Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals – Tuesday
The Avalanche went into last season as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, but their playoff quest ended with a 6-game loss to the Golden Knights in the second round. We expect them to challenge again this season, although they are 1-1 after their opening 2 games. The Capitals are 1-0-1 through their first 2 games of the season and are always an offensive threat with Alexander Ovechkin on the ice.
Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens – Thursday
We have a quiet night on Wednesday, but the NHL returns with a full slate of games on Thursday. This one is interesting because we have an unbeaten team going against one still looking for that elusive first win. The Hurricanes are 2-0-0 to start the season and have already amassed 9 goals. Montreal is 0-3-0 and have scored just 3 times while surrendering 10. Will the Hurricanes continue to roll, or will the Canadiens get on track?
Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights – Friday
When you have arguably the best player in the league on your team, expectations tend to be high. That is where the Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid are right now. They are off to a fast start to the season, winning both of their games, with McDavid notching a hat-trick versus the Calgary Flames. The Golden Knights are a little slower out the gate at 1-1, but we can expect these two to be challenging for the Pacific Division this season.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins – Saturday
Two teams out to a solid start will hook up on Saturday night, with the expectation for goals very high in this one. The Maple Leafs are 2-1-0 through their first 3 games and are still looking for their first road win of the season. The Penguins have been scary good on the offensive side of the ice, bagging 15 goals through their opening 3 games. That said, they have also given up 9, so they need to tighten up in their own end.