Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (January 17th, 2022)

By Hank Blaine

Tuesday’s Carolina at Boston match sets the tone for another great week of hockey action. Just a few weeks ago, the National Hockey League had to postpone more than 50 games. Teams are back on the ice and in full force, though, with few postponements happening this week. See below for six of the week’s top NHL matchups along with analysis and free picks.

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

  • When: Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. 7:00pm ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • TV: SNE, SNO, TVAS, NESN, BSSO
  • Radio: 99.9 The Fan FM (Hurricanes) // 98.5 The Sports Hub (Bruins)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Heading into the week, the Hurricanes show 52 points in the Metropolitan Division, 2 points behind the surprising New York Rangers. Carolina should have some success on Tuesday. In the last head-to-head, the Hurricanes blasted the Bruins 3-0. But Boston has won 5 straight and 8-of-10. It’s tough to look past the Bruins in this spot.

NHL Betting Pick: Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers

  • When: Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • TV: TNT, SN, TVAS
  • Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Maple Leafs) // 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Rangers)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Toronto is having a decent season. As of Jan. 16, the Maple Leafs are 6 points behind Atlantic leaders Florida and Tampa Bay. The Leafs face the Metro division leading New York Rangers on Wednesday, though. The Rangers rank second in goals allowed per at 2.4. The Leafs won the last match but it was by a single goal, 2-1. NYR should turn the tables.

NHL Betting Pick: Rangers

Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers

  • When: Thursday, January 20th, 2022. 9:00pm ET
  • Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
  • TV: SN, BSFL
  • Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM (Panthers) // 630 CHED (Oilers)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

This will be a fantastic hockey game. The Panthers and Oilers boast a couple of the top offenses in NHL. Florida ranks first in shots per at 37.1 and second in goals each game at 4.1. Edmonton has Leo Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. So the Oilers have a chance. But Florida has won 8-of-10 heading into the week. Also, the Panthers rank fourteenth in goals allowed at 2.4. Give Florida the edge.

NHL Betting Pick: Panthers

St. Louis Blues vs. Seattle Kraken

  • When: Friday, January 21st, 2022. 10:00pm ET
  • Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
  • TV: ROOT-NW, BSMW
  • Radio: Sportsradio 96.7 FM (Blues) // AM 560 Sports WQAM (Kraken)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

On Jan. 13, Seattle beat the Kraken 2-1. The Blues got goals from Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich. Alex Wennberg scored the goal for Seattle. The Kraken played great on the road in that match. They will have a chance to turn the tables in this because it happens on Seattle’s ice. Go with the Kraken.

NHL Betting Pick: Kraken

Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

  • When: Saturday, January 22nd, 2022. 10:00pm ET
  • Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
  • TV: CBC, SN, CITY
  • Radio: Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Flames) // 630 CHED (Oilers)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

With 40 points as of Jan. 16, Edmonton has some work to do to catch 48-point Vegas. But the Flames are 2 points ahead of Edmonton, making them a possible underdog play in this. Ah, but Edmonton blasted Calgary 5-2 in the last head-to-head. Barring injuries, the Flames have a small chance of winning this match.

NHL Betting Pick: Oilers

Winnipeg Jets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • When: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022. 1:00pm ET
  • Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: NHL Network, ATTSN-PT, TSN3
  • Radio: 680 CJOB (Jets) // 105.9 The X (Penguins)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Heading into the week, Winnipeg is on a roll. The Jets have gone 4-1 SU. The lone loss happened in a 7-1 match versus the Colorado Avalanche. The Jets have a shot against Pittsburgh. However, the Pens are Winnipeg’s fourth road match after games versus the Capitals, Predators, and Bruins. Go Penguins’ puck line if the moneyline spread is too low.

NHL Betting Pick: Penguins

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