Now that we’re a month into the NHL season, everyone is settling in, and we’re separating the contenders from the pretenders. Let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing NHL Betting games for the upcoming week of National Hockey League action.
Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – November 4th Edition
Tuesday, November 5th – New Jersey Devils @ Winnipeg JetsWhat a disappointment the Devils have been. Many expected the Devils and their made over team to be a playoff contender. Unfortunately, the Devils are sitting at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. They have a -14 goal differential, and just can’t seem to get things going. The Devils know that they need to get this one, as they have a four-game week that includes upcoming games at Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Winnipeg had to overhaul their defensive unit after last year. Thus far, the changes have just been so-so, as the Jets are sitting at 8-7 on the season. The Jets have a -6 goal differential, so they’re faring better than they did last season, but they still have a ways to go.
If they Devils are going to make any noise on this Canadian swing, they need to do it here.
Thursday, November 7th – Minnesota Wild @ San Jose SharksAt this point in the season, would anyone have expected the San Jose Sharks to be in last place in the Pacific Division? The losers of five straight have struggled mightily this season. With a -20 goal differential, they have the third lowest scoring offense in the Western conference, and they’re nearly the worst defensive unit in the West.
As for the Wild, they’re not faring much better. They’re sitting in last place in the Central Division. They have the worst offense in the West, having only scored 33 goals this season. They’re currently on a three game losing streak, and have went 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.
Something’s gotta give here, as these two teams that are both on losing streaks match up on Thursday night.
Friday, November 8th – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Buffalo SabresThese two Eastern teams are headed even farther east, as they will meet in Stockholm, Sweden at the Ericsson Globe. The Sabres have been a surprise team this season, starting out the season with a 9-4-2 mark.
They have came back down to Earth as of late, as they have lost their last three, and have went 5-4-1 in their last 10. They’re currently sitting in second place behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
As for the Tampa Bay Lightning, things just can’t seem to go right for them. After losing in the first round of last year’s playoffs, many thought that they would come back with a vengeance this season. So far, that hasn’t happened, as they’re currently sitting in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with a 6-5-2 record.
Inconsistency has been their biggest issue this season, as one night they look like world beaters, while the next night, they look like a minor league hockey team. If Tampa Bay can put things together, they’ll make a run in the Atlantic Division. If they don’t pick things up soon, they could be buried down at the bottom of the standings.