Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – November 21st, 2022

By Hank Blaine

The Boston Bruins made history over the weekend when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 to tie an NHL record with 11th straight home victories to start the season, matching a mark reached by the Florida Panthers last season, and the Blackhawks in 1963-64. Boston hits the road for two games this week — against Tampa Bay and Florida — before returning home to host Carolina for its annual Black Friday matinee. Here’s a look at two intriguing early-week matchups.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (November 21st, 2022)

Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens

  • When: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec
  • TV: NHL Network, TSN2, RDS, MSG-B
  • Radio: WGR 550 AM (Sabres) // TSN 690(Canadiens)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Mattias Samuelsson and Zemgus Girgensons could each return for the Sabres when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Samuelsson has missed 13 games with a lower-body injury. The defenseman, who signed a seven-year, $30 million contract extension on Oct. 12, skated with Rasmus Dahlin at practice Monday.

Girgensons was absent from practice on Friday and missed the game Saturday, a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, with an unspecified injury. The forward has five points (three goals, two assists) in 17 games. Here’s a look at two intriguing matchups around the NHL early this week.

The Sabres also got good news on captain Kyle Okposo, who has missed four games with a lower-body injury. The forward has begun skating on his own and is progressing. He has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 14 games.

“Much better than he was a few days ago so I think we’re trending in the right way there,” general manager Kevyn Adams said. “It’s more days than weeks now for Kyle, so that’s the good news there.”

For Montreal, Joel Armia was back at practice Monday with the rest of the group for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury that forced him to miss the last three games. He was wearing a no-contact jersey and thus won’t play here. Mike Hoffman didn’t practice because he was undergoing a medical evaluation for a lower-body injury.

Buffalo enters on an eight-game losing streak and also lost at home to Montreal 3-2 on Oct. 27. Josh Anderson scored with just under four minutes remaining for the win. Brendan Gallagher and Kaiden Guhle also scored for the Canadiens. Sam Montembeault made 43 saves. Anderson scored the winner with 3:46 left. Following a flurry of activity in front of the Buffalo net and a highlight-reel save by Sabres goalie Eric Comrie, the puck found its way back to Anderson, who scored on a long shot. Dylan Cozens and Jeff Skinner scored for Buffalo. Comrie finished with 31 saves.

NHL Betting Pick: Montreal Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils

  • When: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • TV: SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG, MSGSN2
  • Radio: TSN Radio 1050 (Maple Leafs) // 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Devils)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

No team is playing better right now than New Jersey. Ilya Samsonov will travel with the Maple Leafs on this road trip but is not expected to play this week. The goalie has missed seven games since sustaining a knee injury Nov. 5 in a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins.

Samsonov did not participate in the morning skate Monday prior to Toronto’s home game against the New York Islanders but is expected to practice Tuesday. He has skated with the Maple Leafs at times in practice and morning skates since sustaining the injury.

“He seems like he is taking a step positively,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We kept him off the ice today, but he is going to come on the road and travel with us. At this point anyway, that’s more so to stay in rhythm with our group. Not expecting him to be available for us this week.”

Samsonov is 6-2-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in eight games this season. TJ Brodie will not be on the road trip. The defenseman has not played since Nov. 11 in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, missing the past four games with an oblique injury.

Matt Murray will defend the cage on Wednesday. Since returning from injury, Murray has yet to lose in regulation in three outings, posting a 2-0-1 record and 2.34 GAA. The Devils won in Toronto last Thursday, 3-2 in overtime. Yegor Sharangovich scored 57 seconds into overtime and Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves. Sharangovich scored his fourth goal of the season on a rebound after Jack Hughes stole the puck, beating Murray.

New Jersey snapped an eight-game losing streak against Toronto dating to April 2018 — and won at Scotiabank Arena for the first time since October 2017.

NHL Betting Pick: New Jersey Devils

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