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Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – November 28th, 2022

By Hank Blaine

This week’s top National Hockey League picks include the Ottawa Senators hosting the New York Rangers on Wednesday and a terrific Thursday matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then on Saturday, the Maple Leafs take on the Lightning and the Flames host the Capitals. Keep reading for analysis and free picks for six of this week’s best NHL games.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (November 28th, 2022)

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

  • When: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Radio: 104.5 The Team ESPN (Rangers) // TSN Radio 1200 (Canadiens)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

The Rangers head to Ottawa hoping to break a 3-match losing streak. What’s disturbing is that NYR has lost 3 straight but show zero injuries, which means the team isn’t performing.

Ottawa is on a 2-match winning streak. The Senators followed up a 5-1 victory against Anaheim on Nov. 25 with a 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings two days later. The Rangers aren’t playing well while the home team is. Ottawa gets the nod.

NHL Betting Pick: Ottawa Senators

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • When: Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Radio: KRLV 98.9 FM (Golden Knights) // 105.9 The X (Penguins)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

After a disappointing 2021-2022, Vegas’ 2022-2023 has started much better. The Golden Knights boast a 17-6-1 record before their Thursday face-off versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Vegas won their last match, a 3-2 shootout versus Columbus. Before a 1-4 loss to Toronto on Nov. 26, the Pens had won 5 straight.

Pittsburgh should be tough. However, the Penguins face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. The Canes could soften the Penguins up just enough for a Golden Knights’ victory.

NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders

  • When: Friday, December 2, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, NY
  • TV: HULU
  • Radio: WPRT-FM 102.5 The Game (Predators) // WRHU 98.7 FM (Islanders)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

The Preds have a tough week. Nashville takes on Anaheim on Nov. 29, then on Dec. 1, they’re at New Jersey, which means Nashville’s match versus the Islanders is the second of a back-to-back.

The make matters more difficult for Nashville, the Islanders are on a 4-match winning streak heading into their game against Philadelphia on Tuesday. NYI should grab the home victory.

NHL Betting Pick: New York Islanders

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • When: Saturday, December 3, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
  • TV: NHL Network, SN, BSSUN
  • Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Maple Leafs) // 102.5 The Bone FM (Lightning)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Scorching Toronto should have no trouble beating the San Jose Sharks in their Wednesday match. If the Leafs do secure the win, it would set up a huge battle against Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay on Saturday.

The Lightning beat Toronto in the last head-to-head. But the game happened last May. The Leafs are in a better position than their rivals. So consider backing the road dog.

NHL Betting Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs

Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames

  • When: Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
  • Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Capitals) // Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Flames)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Calgary is the fourth stop of a six game road trip. The Capitals already lost at New Jersey. On Tuesday, the Caps are at Vancouver, then D.C. heads to Seattle on Dec. 1 before taking on the Flames on Dec. 3.

Calgary is in bad form, losing 3 straight before a Tuesday tilt versus the Florida Panthers. This season, Calgary isn’t dominating the Pacific like they have in the past. The Caps can pull off the upset victory.

NHL Betting Pick: Washington Capitals

Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

  • When: Sunday, December 4, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
  • TV: NHL Network, SN, BSSW, BSN, BSWI
  • Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Wild) // Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Stars)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Although it’s still early, Wild versus Stars is an important matchup. Heading into their Thursday game versus Edmonton, Minnesota has won 3-of-4 with a loss. The Wild has beaten Carolina, Winnipeg, and Arizona. The lone loss happened against Toronto, which means Minny is playing great hockey.

Dallas takes on Anaheim on Dec. 1 but other than that match, the Stars have a relatively soft week. Expect the Stars to get the win.

NHL Betting Pick: Dallas Stars

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