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NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hughes Is Back and McDavid Is Rolling

It has been an interesting stretch with both the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights and last season’s Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins struggling to win games with two of the teams listed by the NHL betting lines among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup have dealt with some adversity.

There has also been the return of New Jersey’s Jack Hughes and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is starting to pile up points at a fast and furious pace once again.

NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hughes Is Back and McDavid Is Rolling
Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils - Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP

The Edmonton Oilers have won four games in a row, the longest active winning streak in the NHL while division rival Anaheim has dropped its last eight games.

When looking at the NHL odds and predictions, Colorado (+800) and Vegas (+900) lead the way in the odds of winning the Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers all come in at +1000 in the championship odds.

Keep reading for information on the hottest forwards, defensemen and goalies, as well as players recently struggling, to help with your NHL spread picks.


Who’s Hot


  • Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils: Hughes picked up where he left off when he returned after missing five games. After having a goal and an assist in his first game back, he recorded two goals and five assists in his last three games as Vegas NHL odds have the former No. 1 overall pick among the top candidates in the odds to win the Hart Memorial Trophy.
  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning: The NHL’s leading scorer has two goals and eight assists in the last four games as he has either scored or assisted on 10 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 goals.

  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers: Just in case anybody forgot who the best player in the NHL is after McDavid missed some time due to injury, the Edmonton forward had 2 goals and 11 assists and a +4 plus/minus rating over his last four games.



  • Noah Dobson, New York Islanders: Dobson has six assists over his last four games with five of those coming in the last two contests. He is challenging Mathew Barzal for the team scoring lead. He is sixth among defensemen with 21 points this and is on pace to shatter his previous career-high of 52 points.
  • Shayne Gostisbehere, Detroit Red Wings: The well-traveled Gostisbehere is playing for his fourth franchise in the last three seasons. Detroit is happy to have him as Gostisbehere has a goal and five assists in his last four games.
  • K’Andre Miller, New York Rangers: Miller had his third multi-point game with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over Detroit to give him three points in his last three games.



  • Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets: With a little help from his teammates, Hellebuyck could be riding a six-game winning streak. He is 1-2 in his last three starts despite stopping 88 of 92 shots in those games.
  • Connor Ingram, Arizona Coyotes: Ingram is 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and a save percentage of .958 over his last three games and that included a 34-save shutout over reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas.
  • Alex Lyon, Detroit Red Wings: Lyon has stopped 87 of 89 shots over the last three games to pick up wins over New Jersey, Minnesota and Chicago.


Who’s Not


  • Adam Fantilli, Columbus Blue Jackets: The No. 3 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft has no goals and no assists to go with -4 plus/minus rating over his last four games. In a loss to Montreal, he was held without a shot for the second time this season.
  • Fantilli is among the top candidates according to our sportsbook in the Calder Trophy race but he has some work to do.
  • Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals: Strome has no goals and no assists in his last four games and has almost as many penalty minutes as shots on goal during that stretch.
  • Owen Tippett, Philadelphia Flyers: Tippett has no goals and one assist over his last six games. It is not due to a lack of opportunity as he has 22 shots on goal in those games.



  • Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks: Fowler has no goals and no assists with a -7 defensive rating over the last four games as Anaheim’s losing streak has reached eight games.
  • Brayden McNabb, Vegas Golden Knights: McNabb has no goals and no assists as Vegas has just two wins in its last seven games. He hasn’t posted a positive plus
  • Brett Pesce, Carolina Hurricanes: After scoring a career-high 30 points last season, Pesce has two points in 14 games. He has been held without a point for 10 games in a row with a -3 plus/minus rating during that time.



  • John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson is 0-3 with a 4.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .849. He hasn’t won a game in his last seven outings.
  • Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers: Hart has given up 10 goals on 89 shots while going 0-2-1 in his last three games.
  • Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins: Last season’s Vezina Trophy winner allowed 9 goals on 60 shots in his last two games.



Questions Of The Day

Which prop bet offers the best value for bettors tonight?

It might be worth going with New Jersey’s Jesper Bratt at +124 to have at least two points against San Jose.

Which hot player has the best chance of scoring a goal on Friday?

Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils face a San Jose team that has allowed the most goals in the NHL this season.

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