Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – October 24th, 2022

By Hank Blaine

The Calgary Flames have played in the Saddledome for 39 years but they hope that only happens for a few more as the team and the city have resumed negotiations on building a new arena. The two sides had come to an agreement back in 2019, but the deal fell apart in 2021 just weeks before construction was slated to begin on the $650 million project. The deal collapsed when the estimated cost of the arena increased and the Flames withdrew from the deal. Here are two intriguing NHL matchups this week.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (October 24th, 2022)

Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers

  • When: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Avalanche) // ESPN New York 98.7 FM (Rangers)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Could this be a Stanley Cup Final preview? Certainly could. Of course, the Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2022 Final. New York lost to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final.

Colorado is off to a 3-2-1 start following a 3-1 win at Vegas on Friday. The Avs received power-play goals from Nathan MacKinnon and Evan Rodrigues. Valeri Nichushkin scored at even strength. Alexandar Georgiev made 33 saves on 35 shots.

MacKinnon scored his third goal of the season and second on the power play. The center now has nine points (3G, 6A) on the year. Rodrigues scored his second goal of the season for the Avalanche and his second in as many games. The goal marked his first on the power play for Colorado.

Nichushkin scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season and has now scored in five of Colorado’s six games of the season. The Russian winger extended his point streak to six games where he has compiled 11 points (6G, 5A) in that span.

The Rangers are also 3-2-1 after they were upset by the visiting Blue Jackets 5-1 on Sunday. Artemi Panarin scored to give him a point in each of the Rangers’ six games this season and Jaroslav Halak had 16 saves to fall to 0-2-0. Rangers forward Filip Chytil did not return after a collision with Columbus forward Cole Sillinger early in the contest. Coach Gerard Gallant said after the game that Chytil absorbed an accidental shoulder to the head and was “day-to-day.”

Colorado won 7-3 at the Rangers last season. Logan O’Connor scored twice in a 22-second span in a five-goal second period. Mikko Rantanen also scored twice for Colorado.

NHL Betting Pick: New York Rangers

Vancouver Canucks vs. Seattle Kraken

  • When: Thursday, October 27, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA
  • TV: ROOT-NW, SNP
  • Radio: Sportsnet 650 AM (Canucks) // 93.3 KJR FM (Kraken)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

The Canucks have been massive disappointments thus far and now will be without one of their best players in young defenseman Quinn Hughes for a while due a lower-body injury. He was originally considered day to day after being a late scratch for a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday but didn’t practice Sunday or Monday.

“I don’t know,” Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked if Hughes’ condition worsened. “He’s week to week.”

Hughes plays the point on Vancouver’s top power-play unit. He has five assists in five games this season and is second in the NHL with an average ice time of 27:14 behind Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

Forward Brock Boeser is day to day with an undisclosed injury after not skating the past few days and missing Monday’s game. He missed most of training camp and the entire preseason after having surgery on his hand Sept. 26 but came back ahead of the original 3-4-week timeline to play the season opener Oct. 12 and has four assists. Defenseman Tucker Poolman was placed on injured reserve Monday with recurring symptoms of migraine problems that limited him to 40 games last season.

Forward Jaden Schwartz’s first season with the Seattle Kraken was a disappointment. After signing a five-year deal that carries a cap hit of $5.5 million per season, the former Stanley Cup Champion only appeared in 37 games last season due to injury. He also only produced eight goals and 23 points during that span, leading to debates on whether or not the signing was a mistake. This season, he is proving doubters wrong, thanks to a strong first seven games with three goals and three assists.

He has three primary assists and boasts a 58.14% Corsi for rating. The Kraken have also outshot the opposition 53-35 while he is on the ice and generated 22 high-danger scoring chances compared to 16 given up. Individually, he has 17 shots on goal and has created six high-danger scoring chances, showing that last season’s struggles are behind him.

It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams.

NHL Betting Pick: Seattle Kraken

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