Hockey has seen some COVID-19 struggles, and some NHL teams teams, such as the New Jersey Devils, haven’t played since late January. Keep this in mind while checking out who to bet on, as it’s not entirely fair to judge the teams that have had many games postponed.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has everything going for them right now. They rank first in the league in goals against and goals for. If you’re a fan, you can’t ask for much more. The have one game against the formidable Panthers and two against the struggling Dallas Stars. Putting your money on the Lightning is almost guaranteed.
2. Boston Bruins
With a ten game point streak that was only snapped by a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders, it’s safe to say they’ve figured out how to be serious contenders. They’ll face the Devils, who, as mentioned, have not played since late January, and the Flyers, perhaps one of the few NHL teams worthy to contend with them. With a pretty easy week, it’s rather obvious that they’ll continue their winning ways.
3. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs will play the 3-12-1 Ottawa Senators three times this week. Even if they lose to an incredible Montreal team on Saturday, they’re bound to have a good week. They seem to have finally figured out their chemistry, and Auston Matthews is simply on fire.
4. Carolina Hurricanes
This one may be a bit of a surprise pick, as they have a difficult week ahead of them, starting with a game against a young, fast Columbus Blue Jackets team. They’ll then move on to face a difficult Panthers team and finish with a home-and-home against Chicago. It’s doubtful they’ll sweep the week, but expect the club with only 3 losses to win at least half, if not more.
5. Vegas Golden Knights
Goaltending has been the name of the game for the Golden Knights, as Marc-Andre Fleury has had a superb start to the season. They’ll play Colorado twice this week, and despite how good the Avalanche can be offensively, they won’t be a match for Fleury.