NHL Predictions Today | Picks & Parlay Bets

Posted: Nov 23, 2022Last updated: Nov 24, 2022

It’s Thanksgiving Eve. We can all be grateful we have 15 NHL games to wager on tonight.

Here are today’s best NHL bets.

All NHL odds are current as of 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and are provided courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Pat Pickens’ NHL Betting Record: 44-58-3 (-9.6 Units)

NHL Best Bet: Blackhawks vs Stars

Stars -1.5 (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Stars are the surprising Central Division leaders, with the second-best goal differential in the Western Conference. Dallas is tied for second-most goals in the NHL with New Jersey and Vegas, and only Boston has scored more than the Stars.

Jason Robertson has spearheaded Dallas’ offense and has the third-most goals (14) and points (29) in hockey.

Dallas is stingy defensively and in goal too, which is just the way first-year coach Pete DeBoer likes it. Goalie Jake Oettinger has shaken off a foot injury and has the fifth-best GSAA (7.38), ranking fourth in the league in both save percentage (.929) and goals-against average (2.18).

Oettinger is expected to start Wednesday for Dallas, which means they won’t give up many goals. The Stars should pepper the Chicago cage with shots and win by at least two goals as our NHL bet of the day Wednesday.

NHL Best Bet: Senators vs Golden Knights

Golden Knights -1.5 (+110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Golden Knights are a buzz saw. They have the best goal differential in the Western Conference (+22) and have won 15 of their first 20 games with five multi-goal wins in their first nine games at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas has proven particularly adept at handling its business against bad teams. The Golden Knights are 6-3 against the puck line in their nine games against teams currently outside the playoff field.

The Senators have lost eight of 10 and are dead last in the Atlantic Division. They have lost three of four, with each of their defeats coming by more than one goal.

Given the plus-money odds, and the lopsided-looking matchup, take Vegas to win by two-plus goals.

NHL Best Bet: Rangers vs Ducks

Ducks Moneyline (+143)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Rangers are capping a long West Coast road trip with a trap game in the second of a back-to-back against a downtrodden opponent right before a two-day holiday break.

The Ducks still haven’t won a game in regulation, but neither has New York backup goalie Jaroslav Halak, who is likely to get the nod at Honda Center since stalwart Igor Shesterkin started in New York’s win in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Halak is 0-4-1 with an .883 save percentage and 3.22 goals-against average and has the seventh-worst 5-on-5 goals-saved above average (-5.12) in hockey. The Rangers haven’t lost in regulation since Halak’s last start in Nashville, a span of four games.

The Ducks have been arguably the worst team in hockey over the first two months and have lost three straight and six of seven, all in regulation. But Anaheim played New York tough in the teams’ first meeting — they were tied at the game’s halfway point — and the Ducks only lost 6-4 due to three Rangers power-play goals.

The Rangers are playing well and are clearly the better team. But trends regress, and these guys are human, so look for a sleepy showing from New York and for Anaheim to get the win.

NHL Best Parlay

Stars ML, Golden Knights ML & Ducks +1.5 (+180)

Wager: 1 Unit

NHL Parlay 11.23.22

I explained why I think Dallas and Vegas will win. If you don’t trust my Ducks pick but want to take them to keep the game against the Rangers within a goal, take them to cover the spread.

If you don’t trust all of these to hit, try subbing the Carolina moneyline vs Arizona instead.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered the NHL since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times,,, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021. His greatest successful wager was an LA Kings puck-line bet (+200) in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Final.

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