Hockey returns on January 30th and while it might be crunch time for the playoff contenders, getting off to a good start could set the right tone for the rest of the regular season.
As per usual, some teams will come storming out and others will be left at the gate. Though there is no definitive way of measuring future results, scheduling frequently matters a great deal along with who you have to play. With this mind and trying to survey the landscape for NHL picks, we went over all 31 teams and have six teams that meet our criteria, both good and bad.
The Boston Bruins are tied for the third most points in the NHL and have arguably been the best team over the past nine weeks with a sparkling 23-7 SU record. They are the top defensive squad and are fourth in scoring, which makes their case as an elite squad. Boston begins the second half on a five-game winning streak and starts with three home games in which they will be favored. The B’s should win at Detroit and when hosting Buffalo, with only a trip to Big Apple to face the Rangers a question mark.