NHL Look Ahead for Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022
We are getting closer and closer to the All-Star Game, but there are still some incredible matchups that are happening in the second half of this week.
Today we are going to discuss five different games closer towards the weekend and figure out where we should be leaning.
Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens (Saturday)
Both teams are coming off a mutual off day as the Edmonton Oilers, and Montreal Canadiens are squaring off inside of the Bell Centre on Saturday. Center Leon Draisaitl is one of the best players on the planet as he is tied for first in the sport in points and third in goals.
He has scored six points in his last four games, so he should be a huge factor in this game. The Canadiens have both Jake Allen and Sam Montembeault out, so they are down to their third-string goalie, and that doesn’t really bode well for the home team.
Go with the Edmonton Oilers to cover the spread on the road and pick up a couple of points in the standings.
Los Angeles Kings at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sunday)
The Kings will continue their East Coast road trip as they stop at the PPG Paints Arena on Sunday to meet the Penguins.
The Kings are on the second half of a back-to-back while the Penguins had an off day on Saturday to rest up a little bit. This game should be low-scoring with Tristan Jarry being in the net, but the Kings should score a couple of goals.
Los Angeles is 26-17 ATS this year, while Pittsburgh is sitting at 21-20 ATS. These teams are closer than you think, so give me the Kings on the puck line to cover the spread.
Minnesota Wild at New York Islanders (Sunday)
The Minnesota Wild will take a trip to the new UBS Arena to take on the New York Islanders in an Eastern vs Western Conference matchup.
New York has struggled to get going this season, and center Matt Barzal is leading the Islanders with just 24 points while left winger Kirill Kaprizov is dominating as he is tied for seventh in points and tied for eighth in assists this season.
Minnesota is scoring 5.7 goals in their previous three games, while New York is averaging 2.6 goals in their last five games. The Islanders are 14-20 ATS this season, while the Wild are 21-17 ATS so far, so go with the Minnesota Wild to cover the spread on the road in this game.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.