Allowing just 36 goals in 17 games, it should be no surprise to see a defenseman and goalie from the Boston Bruins leading the list of Who’s Hot in the NHL these days while Dallas winger Jason Robertson makes a return trip to the list.
The Bruins, who are 10-0-0 at home, are priced at +800 in the odds to win the Stanley Cup. That trails only defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado according to the NHL playoff odds.
Six former first-round draft picks are trending in the opposite direction.
Keep on reading for information on the hottest forwards, defensemen and goaltenders in the NHL, as well as those players struggling in recent games.
- Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils: Hughes has three goals and four assists in his last four games as he is starting to show why he was the No. 1 player selected in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Hughes has six multi-point games as the Devils have won their last 11 games. Hughes has six goals and 10 assists during the streak with only six of those points coming on the power play.
It seems like years have passed since Hughes started the season with no points in four of the first six games he played. Coming off career highs of 26 goals and 56 points, he is on pace for 34 goals and 58 assists.
- Juuso Parssinen, Nashville Predators: He has only played in three games, but the 21-year-old from Finland is looking like a late-round steal for the Predators.
The seventh-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft made his North American debut in the 2022 AHL playoffs. After a productive start in the AHL, Parssinen was brought up to the NHL and has three goals and an assist in his first three NHL games.
He is already tied for fifth on the Predators with three goals. He had a hand in three of the five goals in Thursday’s 5-4 win over the New York Islanders with two goals and an assist. He is somebody that those who bet online might want to keep an eye on.
- Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars: Robertson has points in 10 straight games for the Stars as he has nine goals and 10 assists during the stretch. Robertson has 12 even-strength points in those 10 games to lead Dallas to a 6-3-1 record.
Robertson has a +6 defensive rating and he is part of one of the NHL’s best lines, playing with Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz. Robertson is tied for fifth in the NHL with 11 goals and 26 points.
He will continue to see his Las Vegas odds to win the Hart Trophy improve.
- Roman Josi, Nashville Predators: The former Norris Trophy winner has six assists in the last three games. Four of them came in Thursday’s 5-4 win over the New York Islanders.
Josi has assisted on six of the last nine Nashville goals while continuing to provide a reliable play on his own end.
- Hampus Lindholm, Boston Bruins: Lindholm continues his impressive start to the season as he has led the Bruins to the best record in the NHL.
Lindholm is second on the 15-2-0 Bruins with 14 assists and 18 points. He also leads the team with a +20 defensive rating and in ice time as he is playing 24:10 per game.
Lindholm has four assists in the last two games as the Bruins improved to 10-0-0 at home this season.
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— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 18, 2022
The trade that brought Lindholm to Boston continues to look like a steal. Defensemen Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore went to Anaheim in the deal and they have yet to appear in a game this season. The Ducks also received three draft picks, including 2022 first-rounder Nathan Gaucher.
- Mikhail Sergachev, Tampa Bay Lightning: Sergachev has two goals and five assists as Tampa Bay has won three games in a row to move into third place in the Atlantic Division standings.
Tampa Bay is 8-1-1 when Sergachev has a point this season and 2-5 when he is held scoreless.
Sergachev is third on the Lightning with 13 assists and 17 points. He is sixth among defensemen in scoring.
- Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues: After a difficult start to the season for both Binnington and the Blues, the former Stanley Cup-winning goalie has won his last four starts.
Binnington has stopped 131 of his last 140 shots. Since allowing 11 goals in his last two games in October, he has allowed three goals or less in five of his six games in November.
- Pavel Francouz, Colorado Avalanche: After missing a couple of weeks, Francouz has returned in impressive fashion as he stopped 70 of 73 shots in posting back-to-back wins.
Francouz began the season by losing his first three starts for the Avalanche. He had a 3.08 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage in those games. Those numbers went to a 1.48 GAA and save percentage of .959 in the last two outings.
- Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins: There might not be a player more responsible for the Bruins got off to a 15-2-0 start than Ullmark.
After splitting duties with Jeremy Swayman during his first season with the Bruins, he has taken over the No. 1 job and, when Swayman was sidelined, he played in all but one game.
Ullmark has allowed seven goals in the last five games as he improved to 12-1-0 on the season.
- Matty Beniers, Seattle Kraken: Beniers doesn’t have a goal or an assist in the last six games and has managed just five shots on goal during that stretch.
The No. 2 overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft had five goals and four assists in the first 11 games of the season for the surprising Kraken.
He also has a -9 rating in eight games that Seattle has lost.
- Matt Boldy, Minnesota Wild: The former first-round pick got off to a strong start. However, he has no goals and one assist in his last seven games as the Wild has scored one goal or been shut out four times during that stretch.
After playing at least 18 minutes in 12 of his first 14 games, Boldy has been on the ice for an average of 17:17 over the last three contests as Minnesota has dropped three games in a row. He is also -3 over the last two games.
- Alexis Lafreniere, New York Rangers: This was expected to be the breakthrough season for the former No. 1 overall draft pick. However, Lafreniere has no goals in his last eight games and he has points in back-to-back games just once this season.
Lafreniere was on the ice for two of the three goals scored by Seattle in Thursday’s overtime loss to the Kraken.
His ice time has gone from 18 minutes in the first two games in November to a season-low 12:36 on Thursday.
- Ivan Provorov, Philadelphia Flyers: Provovov has no points and a defensive rating of -4 over his last four games.
The Flyers have been outscored 5-1 at even strength when he has been on the ice in these four games as Philadelphia has given up 18 goals while scoring seven in that span.
Philadelphia has lost five games in a row to fall into a tie for fifth place in the Metropolitan Division.
- Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings: One of the top rookies in the NHL a season ago, Seider has dealt with some sophomore blues.
In the last three games, the Red Wings have been outscored 5-1 when Seider is on the ice in even-strength situations. Seider does have six points but he is also at -6 for a Detroit team that is trying to compete for a playoff spot.
- Jacob Trouba, New York Rangers: Trouba has no goals and one assist in his last 11 games. He also has a 9 defensive rating during that stretch as the Rangers have gone 5-4-2 during that time.
Trouba, the Rangers’ captain, has even seen his ice time dip under 20 minutes in three of those games as he is third on among the defensemen in time on ice.
- Craig Anderson, Buffalo Sabres: Anderson won his first three starts of the season. However, he is 0-3 in four games played in November.
Anderson has a 4.04 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in those contests for the struggling Sabres.
- Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks: The struggles continue for Vancouver’s franchise goalie.
Demko is 0-3-1 in four starts in November with a 3.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .873. His goals-per-game numbers were actually worse in October so that provides an idea of how much of a grind it has been for Demko and the Canucks.
- Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarry has allowed at least four goals in five of his last six starts. He finally got his first win in nearly a month on Thursday despite allowing four goals of 23 shots in a 6-4 win over Minnesota.
Jarry does have a 5-3-2 record and he is 42 games over .500 in the last four seasons. However, his 3.60 goals-against average is the worst in his career.