NHL Top 2 Betting Picks of the Week

The National Hockey League has already celebrated their annual All Star Game, and the final two months of the regular season are underway. There are plenty of great games on the schedule this week, but we are turning our attention to a pair of games on Thursday night. There is some great betting opportunities this week, but these two games are our top NHL betting picks of the week.

Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche:

If you are a fan of fast-paced hockey with explosive offense then this is the game you need to watch this week. The Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche are two of the best scoring teams in the NHL, and both teams are loaded with terrific offensive players.

The Washington Capitals are scoring 3.6 goals per game, and they are led by Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin is one of the best goal-scorers in league history, and has scored a team-high 40 goals this season. John Carlson leads the team with 65 points, and this team wants to score goals in a hurry.

Center Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 31 goals, 44 assists, and 75 points this season, and is one of the up and coming stars of the league. The Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game, and their offense is terrific, especially at home.

The difference in this game is going to be on the defensive side of the ice, and that is where the Avalanche will win this game. Colorado is allowing just 2.88 goals per game, and their penalty kill is tremendous. Bet on the Colorado Avalanche to beat the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights:

The first featured game is a matchup of two terrific offensive teams, but the next game will likely have a little less scoring. The St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights can both score at times, but they usually get the job done with their goaltending. Don't expect a ton of goals in this matchup, which means it should be close.

St. Louis is the reigning Stanley Cup Champion, and goaltender Jordan Binningto has been terrific in net this season. The Blues are allowing just 2.8 goals per game this season, and they have been much better on the defensive end of the floor. David Perron leads the team with 23 goals and 54 points, and the Blues have enough offensive talent when they need it.

Vegas is holding opponents to less than three goals per game, despite having a power play that kills off just 21 percent of their penalties. The Golden Knights win games with their puck possession, and that will be a huge key in this game. Mark Stone paces the offense with 33 assists and 53 points, but the Golden Knights will have to find a way to get pucks past Binnington in this one.

Expect a game that goes down to the wire in this game, but the Blues know how to win those games. St. Louis has struggled a bit of late, but they will be ready for this one. Bet the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights in this game.