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Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 25th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

After a short break for Christmas, the National Hockey League resumes play on Wednesday. Great games happen each day for the rest of the week, including a terrific matchup between Carolina and Toronto on Saturday. Check out NHL odds for Hurricanes at Maple Leafs and five other of this week’s top plays.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (December 25th, 2023)

Los Angeles Kings vs. Vegas Golden Knights

  • When: Thursday, December 28th, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Radio: LA Kings Audio Network (Kings) // 98.7 FM (Sabres)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Vegas’ lead over the Knights is just 5 points. The Golden Knights have lost 3 straight and 4-of-5heading into the week. For sure, Vegas can get it done, but the Kings won’t be an easy out.

Los Angeles is on fire heading into the week. The Kings have won 3-of-4. The only loss came versus the Seattle Kraken 2 matches ago. Taking a swing on the Kings makes sense.

NHL Betting Pick: Kings

New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers

  • When: Friday, December 29th, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise, FL
  • Radio: 98.7FM ESPN New York (Rangers) // AM 560 Sports WQAM (Panthers)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

The Metropolitan Division leading Rangers have stepped it up in recent matches. NYR won 4-of-5 heading into the break. Some of the victories were downright impressive, like beating Toronto and Boston on the road.

For sure, the Rangers are going to be in a dogfight against the Panthers because this happens in Florida. But NYR is playing at too high of a level to ignore. Back the Rangers to cash.

NHL Betting Pick: Rangers

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets

  • When: Saturday, December 30th, 2023, 3:00 PM ET
  • Where: Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Radio: KFAN FM 100.3 (Wild) // Power 97 (Jets)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Minnesota, one of the favorites to win the Central before the season started, has to pick it up big time if they hope to catch the Avalanche, the Stars, and Winnipeg. The wild show 34 points heading into the week.

The Jets have 43 points, a point behind Colorado and Dallas, which both have 44. Winnipeg takes on their rivals at home. The Jets should win, possibly by 2 or more goals.

NHL Betting Pick: Jets

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • When: Saturday, December 30th, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
  • Radio: 99.9 The Fan (Hurricanes) // TSN 1050 (Maple Leafs)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Road team Carolina has disappointed. The Hurricanes were a top tier choice to win the Stanely Cup. So far, Carolina hasn’t played up to expectations.

The Canes restart play having lost 3-of-4. Because Carolina isn’t playing well, they should struggle to get by the Maple Leafs on Toronto’s ice. The home team gets the nod.

NHL Betting Pick: Maple Leafs

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023, 6:00 PM ET
  • Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Radio: 88.7FM WRHU (Islanders) // 105.9 The X FM (Penguins)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Pittsburgh has yet to hit their stride. The Pens are 7 points behind the Islanders heading into the week. Pittsburgh does have talent to turn around their bad form.

However, the Islanders have won 2-of-3 versus the Oilers and the Hurricanes. Those are two teams that the Pens would struggle against. Take a shot on the road squad to score the victory.

NHL Betting Pick: Islanders

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