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NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Props to Nylander, Streaking Defensemen

The NHL is coming off its first day with no games until Christmas Eve but 30 of the 332 teams are in action on Friday. The Boston Bruins and reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights are fighting it out for the best record in the NHL while the Philadelphia Flyers have the best mark against the NHL betting odds.

Boston has suffered just one regulation loss and already leads the Atlantic Division by six points while the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Golden Knights are the other division leaders. Vegas and Boston are among the front-runners according to the NHL futures odds as the top Stanley Cup contenders.

NHL Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Props to Nylander, Streaking Defensemen
Toronto's William Nylander (#88) | Claudio Bresciani / Tt News Agency / AFP

The Washington Capitals have won five games in a row and have the longest active winning streak in the NHL while the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild are both on five-game losing streaks.

When looking at the NHL odds and predictions, Colorado (+800) and Vegas (+800) lead the way in the odds of winning the Stanley Cup while the Bruins (+900), the Carolina Hurricanes (+1000) and New York Rangers (+1000) aren’t far behind 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


Jordan Eberle, Seattle Kraken: Eberle has two goals and three assists over the last three games and is +4 in those games for the Krake. Seattle has recorded points in each of its last six games.

Seth Jarvis, Carolina Hurricanes: Jarvis has back-to-back games with at least two points for the second time this season after having two goals and an assist in a win over Pittsburgh followed by a goal and an assist against Edmonton.

William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs: The best move the Maple Leafs made in the offseason was not trading Nylander. He has a point in every game this season, and in the two games in the NHL Global Series, he had a hand in five of Toronto’s seven goals with two goals and three assists.




Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres: Dahlin has contributed to five of Buffalo’s last eight goals. He had an assist in a loss to Winnipeg, a goal and two assists in a win over Chicago and an assist in an overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.

Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks: The leading scorer in the NHL has points in each of his last nine games with four goals and 11 assists during that span.

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche: Makar has five straight multi-point games with two goals and 11 assists to go with a plus/minus rating of +8 to lead Colorado to four wins in the last five games. He is listed by our sportsbook among the leading candidates for both the Norris Trophy and Hart Trophy.


Adin Hill, Vegas Golden Knights: Hill has stopped 60 of 63 shots in a loss to Pittsburgh and an overtime win over Dallas. He is 9-2-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average.

Joel Hofer, St. Louis Blues: Hofer has stopped 42 of 43 shots to help St. Louis to wins over Anaheim and Arizona. He is 5-2 with a 2.54 goals-against average this season.

Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins: Ullmark is 3-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average in his last three games. He has stopped 86 of 91 shots over that stretch.

Who’s Not


Cole Caufield, Montreal Canadiens: Caufield has no goals and two assists over his last six games with a -3 defensive rating in those contests.

Logan Cooley, Arizona Coyotes: Cooley has no goals and no assists with a plus/minus rating of -5 over the last five games. He has just three shots on goal in those three losses.

Michael Rasmussen, Detroit Red Wings: Rasmussen has no points over the last four games and has scored one goal in the last 15 games.


Luke Hughes, New Jersey Devils: The rookie defenseman has no goals and no assists in his last two games. He has a plus/minus rating of -3 as the Devils were outscored 9-3 in losses to the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.

Jackson LaCombe, Anaheim Ducks: Another struggling rookie, LaCombe has gone scoreless in 10 straight games and he is -12 in those games.

Owen Power, Buffalo Sabres: Power has no goals and one assist with a -7 defensive rating over the last five games.


Lucas Dostal, Anaheim Ducks: Dostal has allowed 13 goals in his last two appearances. He was in goal for all eight goals in an 8-2 loss to Colorado.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Minnesota Wild: Fleury is 0-2-1 with a save percentage of .831 and a goals-against average of 4.98 as Minnesota dropped to seventh in the Central Division standings.

Spencer Martin, Vancouver Canucks: Martin is 0-3-1 with a 3.90 goals-against average in four games played in November for a Columbus team with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference.



Questions Of The Day

Which prop bet offers the best value for bettors tonight?

David Pastrnak is priced at +114 to go over 1.5 points against the Detroit Red Wings.

Which hot player has the best chance of scoring a goal this week?

Toronto’s William Nylander faces a Chicago team that has a -20 goal differential.

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