Two Great NHL Betting Opportunities for Games to this Weekend

Two Great NHL Betting Opportunities for Games to this Weekend

The NHL regular season heads into the weekend with plenty of playoff spots still up for grabs in both conferences. From a betting perspective, there are some value betting opportunities stemming from those playoff races. Here, we look at a couple of NHL betting chances to take advantage of over the weekend, along with a look at what to think about before placing any wagers on the ice.

 

NHL Betting Opportunities for the Weekend Games on Week 19

 

Rangers vs. Capitals

 

When: Saturday, February 25
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington

Time: 1:00 PM EST
TV: ABC

On Saturday, the New York Rangers will visit the Washington Capitals in a massive matchup in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers appear to be comfortably in the playoffs in the East, while the Capitals are on the outside looking in. That could mean a heightened sense of urgency for the Caps as they cannot afford to keep losing games in their chase for one of the two Wild Card spots.

Additionally, this game is the first night of a back-to-back for the Rangers, who will have to manage their roster carefully over the weekend. Not only will they likely not play Igor Shesterkin for both games this weekend, but they will want to avoid injury issues as well. We could see the Rangers play a less than full strength lineup as a result of their schedule, which could help the Caps.

 
 

Kings vs. Rangers

 

When: Sunday, February 26
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

Time: 5:00 PM EST
TV: NHLPP, ESPN+

Along that same train of thought, the Los Angeles Kings could be worth betting on as they take on the New York Rangers on Sunday. The Kings are currently in the top-three in the Pacific Division, but their grasp on one of those top-three spots is far less secure than that of the Rangers in the Metro. Combine that with a favorable scheduling spot, and the Kings could be a great value play on Sunday.

Entering Friday, the Kings are just two points ahead of the Seattle Kraken for the third spot in the Pacific Division. If Los Angeles cannot break its current losing streak over the weekend, they could slide into the Wild Card positions, which will put them in a fight for the postseason the rest of the way. Once again, sense of urgency could be a major factor when betting on this contest.

 

Playoff Race Considerations

As a whole, the biggest thing to consider when betting on the NHL down the stretch of the regular season is the needs of each team. Some teams are in the middle of major fights just to get into the playoffs, while others are more concerned with seeding or just staying healthy going into the postseason. Understanding those differences can help uncover value in the markets late in the year.

Additionally, there are some teams without anything to play for from a playoff perspective. Those teams may either be checked out mentally or looking to prove themselves for opportunities to play next season. Bettors have to keep their finger on the pulse of each team they are thinking about betting on to get an idea as to what their mental state is like, even if their season is not going to include a trip to the postseason.

 
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