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Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – January 30th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

It’s a very short week of action around the NHL with the All-Star break officially hitting on Thursday and some teams already on the break. There are a few intriguing matchups before then, however, and here are two. Check back for NHL odds.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (January 30th, 2023)

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St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets

  • When: Monday, January 30, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • TV: NHL Network, SN, TVAS, BSMW
  • Radio: ESPN 101 FM WXOS (Blues) // Power 97 (Jets)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: Blues (+1.5) // Jets (-1.5)

This the lone game Monday and shown on the NHL Network. The Blues have disappointed in large part due to issues in net. Former Calder Trophy winner Jordan Binnington stopped 27 of 30 shots in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Avalanche. The 29-year-old has lost three straight outings and through 10 appearances in January he has a 5-5-0 record with a terrible .878 save percentage.

Binnington played in his 200th NHL game (196 starts), joining Mike Liut, Jake Allen, Curtis Joseph, Grant Fuhr and Greg Millen as the only goalies in St. Louis history to appear in at least 200 games.

“We’ve got to sort it out, man. We’re missing a lot of guys (with injuries, but) we have to find a way,” Binnington said. “We’re all NHL players, and we’re all capable of playing the right way and playing as a team. That’s what we have to do.”

Excellent forward Robert Thomas didn’t play Saturday and is iffy for this one. Thomas leads the team with 31 assists and ranks second overall in points (43).

Winnipeg enters on a three-game losing streak. It had been one of the best teams in the West at home but lost 3-2 last Thursday there to Buffalo and then Saturday 4-0 to Philadelphia. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves Saturday and was pulled after the fourth goal. It’s Hellebuyck’s third straight loss and fifth in his last six starts. He’s allowed 16 goals over those five losses, but the Jets have scored only five goals to support him across that span. Blueliner Dylan DeMelo missed the game injured and is out Monday. He has produced 14 points, 50 shots on goal, 60 blocks and 83 hits in 46 games this season.

The Jets are 2-0 vs. the Blues this season. The game in Winnipeg was on Oct. 24 and a 4-0 Jets win. Mark Scheifele scored in the second period and Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots. Sam Gagner, Morgan Barron and Cole Perfetti scored in the third period and Josh Morrissey had two assists for the Jets, who were without coach Rick Bowness due to an illness. Thomas Greiss had 41 saves for the Blues.

NHL Betting Pick: Winnipeg Jets

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • When: Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Centre Bell, Montreal, QB
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (Bruins) // TSN 1050 (Maple Leafs)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Great way to close the first half of the season. However, it loses a bit of luster as Leafs star Auston Matthews is out again – and won’t play for at least a week after the break due to a knee sprain suffered last Wednesday.

Matthews, who is third on the Maple Leafs with 53 points and second with 25 goals, missed games Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 with an undisclosed injury but Coach Sheldon Keefe said the knee sprain is not related to the issue that kept him out for those games.

“I’m not certain if there was one specific incident where it occurred or anything like that,” Keefe said.

The good news is Maple Leafs get a bye week immediately after the break. Having Matthews in the lineup allowed the Leafs to spread four remarkably skilled forwards across two lines, which often made it difficult for opposition coaches to game plan against. John Tavares now centers the top line with Michael Bunting and Mitch Marner. Tavares played in his 1,000th career game on Sunday.

Matthews, who was among the 12 players chosen in the 2023 NHL All-Star Fan Vote to participate in the All-Star Game, will be replaced by Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov on the Atlantic Division roster.

The NHL-best Bruins are on pace for 64 wins by season’s end. The current record for most wins in a season (62) was set in 1995-96 by the Detroit Red Wings (who finished 62-13-7), and tied in 2018-19 by the Tampa Bay Lightning (62-16-4). Neither team won the Stanley Cup in its respective record-setting season, as the Red Wings lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference finals, and the Lightning were swept in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Boston is on pace for 136 points. This would break the current record for points in a season held by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (132), who set that mark in an 80-game season.

Boston and Toronto have split two meetings thus far. They last played Jan. 14 in Boston and the Bruins won 4-3. Matt Grzelcyk scored with 76 seconds left to help the Bruins beat Toronto for the first time in five tries since before the pandemic. The teams fought twice, including a scrum at the end of the second period that led to 10-minute misconduct penalties against Wayne Simmonds and AJ Greer.

NHL Betting Pick: Boston Bruins

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