NHL Weekend Picks

Notice! Actual odds are subject to change and are correct as displayed only at the time of publishing: 11:49 AM 31.01.2020.

We’re looking ahead to another packed weekend of action on the ice and, as always, there’s plenty of Canadian interest across the divisions. Games hold greater importance as we head into the crucial period of the season so let’s head straight on and see what our sides are up against.

Washington Capitals vs Ottawa Senators

The battle of the capital cities kicks us off and the moneyline market is a little tighter than we might have expected. With the Capitals heading the Metropolitan Division and the Senators towards the bottom of the Atlantic, surely there could only be one winner?

The Capitals are ahead in the betting with PowerPlay among a number of those quoting odds of 1.50. It’s a figure that leaves Ottawa out at 2.65 with Bet365 although the figures are closer in other places. Washington won 6-1 when the teams met in January and few would be surprised to see a similar outcome this weekend.


Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets

With the Bruins leading the Atlantic Division, it could be another tough night for one of our Canadian NHL sides. With the Jets third from bottom of the Central, it’s no surprise to see Boston start as clear favourites at 1.63 with Bodog. If you’re looking for an upset in this fixture, Winnipeg is listed at 3.15 with Spin Sports.

January’s corresponding fixture was tight with the Bruins edging through via a 5-4 scoreline so there could be some hope for the outsiders this time.


Saint Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers

We have a closer moneyline market for this game which features the Oilers who sit in an impressive third place in the Pacific Division. It’s arguably the first game on the schedule where we can get behind one of our own NHL sides with Edmonton priced up at odds of 2.05 with Powerplay. The Blues are favourites but it’s tighter with St Louis quoted at 1.76 with 10Bet.

This is definitely a game where we’re considering the outsiders and a narrow 2-1 win for the Blues in December offers further cause for optimism.


Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders

Vancouver goes into this game at the top of the Pacific while the team from NYC is third in the Metropolitan Division so this could also be tight. The Islanders have surrendered winning positions in recent games so we’re hopeful of another Canadian triumph.

Once again, the sportsbooks don’t necessarily agree with Vancouver out at 3.05 with 888Sport while the Islanders can be claimed at 1.61 with PowerPlay.

The Canucks are, however, as short as 2.25 in places and we’ll be backing the upset here.


Verdict

Along with the four Canadian teams mentioned above, The Canadiens and the Maple Leafs are also in NHL action this weekend. We think, however, that those four offer the best mix of likely bets and outside value in the Moneyline so we’ll focus on those.

First up is that Washington v Ottawa face-off: Odds of 1.50 on the US side aren’t the worst and while we like to be patriotic where possible, we also keep it realistic at times. If you want to start with a safer punt and a modest return, we’d take the favourites there.

In terms of completing a parlay, all of our Canadian teams are the outside bet but we’ll be backing the Oilers to avenge that narrow defeat to St Louis last time out. We’ve no recent head to heads for the Canucks vs the Islanders but that 3.05 from 888Sport on a Vancouver win is an exceptional value with the Canadian team dropping close to 2.00 elsewhere.

Best Bets:

  • Washington Capitals to beat Ottawa Senators at 1.50 with PowerPlay
  • Edmonton Oilers to beat St Louis Blues at 2.05 with PowerPlay
  • Vancouver Canucks to beat New York Islanders at 3.05 with 888Sport