We’ve made it through the opening week of NHL action with a couple of teams showing early signs of form. The Carolina Hurricanes are our only 3-0 team while in the Central Division the Colorado Avalanche also remain unbeaten. Preseason Stanley Cup favorites Tampa Bay Lightning have made a stuttering 1-2 start, including an OT loss to the aforementioned Hurricanes.
We take a look ahead to this week’s games with three picks for your bets.
Golden Knights vs Bruins, 10PM Tuesday
The Las Vegas Golden Knights will have plans for a second Stanley Cup appearance in only their third season of activity this year. They lost the 2018 final to the Washington Capitals and lost in the first round of the playoffs last year to the San José Sharks.
The Golden Knights got some retribution for that playoff loss with two victories over the Sharks in the opening week and that should hold them in good stead as they look to establish themselves as contenders early on. They face another undefeated team this week in the form of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins’ gameplan is built on defense with Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak splitting time in goal.
For the Bruins, this is the third of an opening four-game road stretch and they might struggle in the confines of the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night. Golden Knights to win at -135.
Flyers vs Devils, 7:30PM Wednesday
This Metropolitan Division Rivals meet for the first of four games this season on Wednesday night. The Philadelphia Flyers won their home opener against the Blackhawks on Friday night and Alain Vigneault looks to have a team capable of making waves this season.
The forward trio of Oskar Lindblom-Travis Konecny-Sean Couturier seems to have potential and Devils’ goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood could be in for another long night having conceded 9 in his first two games.
Expect the Flyers to get the W this week before going on a three game road trip.
Canucks vs Kings, 10PM Wednesday
Both of teams will be looking to get their first win of the season under their belts at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday night. These two are expected to be battling towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference for much of the year but this game might be an opportunity to kickstart the season for both teams.
We predicted last week that the Kings would struggle this season and it’s hard to look past the Canucks in this one. They have recently traded defensive player Alex Biega to the Red Wings for forward David Pope and he could be the much-needed spark for their struggling offense. Expect the Canucks to get their first win on the board with David Pope possibly getting his name on the stat sheet with a goal.