With the Holiday break over and the calendar officially reading the year 2023, the NHL is back in full force and pushing toward Spring weather and the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, with the playoffs a few months away, we’re reviewing the upcoming week on the NHL schedule to find the best betting opportunities for Week 13.
Due to the way holiday days fell on the calendar this year, our week 13 in the NHL is from Monday, January 2nd to Saturday, January 7th, 2023.
Monday, January 2th – Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado AvalancheMuch of Monday’s focus is on the Winter Classic from Fenway Park in Boston between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins, and very little focus will be given to a battle between the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers; we’re looking at the third and final game on Monday’s NHL schedule for our best betting opportunity.
The Vegas Golden Knights are the moneyline underdog as the fifth-ranked team in the NHL, having won three of the last five games against the Colorado Avalanche, who have lost the last three games in a row.
While the Avalanche won the first matchup in October and will likely welcome Nathan MacKinnon back to the lineup, seeing one of the league’s better teams listed as the underdog against a competitive but struggling and injury-heavy team makes the Golden Knights our best bet for Monday night.
Tuesday, January 3rd – Tampa Bay Lighting vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have been in tank mode since the 2022 NHL offseason began. The Tampa Bay Lightning is ranked third in the NHL’s toughest division and is the three-time reigning Eastern Conference Champions, seemingly destined for another run to the Stanley Cup. This one is an easy layup to take the Lightning on the moneyline.
However, the real story will be if the Lightning wins and covers the spread. We’re parlaying the Lighting on the moneyline and covering the spread.
Wednesday, January 4th – Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are awful. As of publication, the Dallas Stars currently lead the Central Division and have won five of their last six games.
Take Dallas on the moneyline to win and to cover the spread. This one shouldn’t be close. Yes, Dallas will be playing on back-to-back nights, which should only give bettors better odds on an almost guaranteed Stars win.
Thursday, January 5th – Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes
As of publication, the Carolina Hurricanes have won eleven of the last twelve games and fifteen of the last sixteen games. While they have a big inner-divisional game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, we’re taking the Hurricanes to defeat the Nashville Predators, whether a winning streak is on the line or not.
Simply put, the Hurricanes are the better team, have two goalies playing extremely well right now, and should win this game.
Friday, January 6th – New York Islanders vs. Calgary Flames
Many comparisons have been drawn between the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames. Both teams have similar veteran-laden rosters and are overshadowed by their higher-profile regional rivals. As of publication, the Islanders had won three of the last four games but are 4-6 in the last 10. Calgary has won three of the last four but is 5-5 in the last ten games.
This one will be a close game between fairly evenly-matched teams. We’re taking whoever is listed as the puck line spread underdog in this game, which we think will end in a one-goal spread.
Saturday, January 7th – Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres
Both teams only have one game this week before playing each other in Buffalo on Saturday night. The Wild have been fairly good of late, winning eight of the last ten games, while the Sabres have won seven of the last ten games.We like the Buffalo Sabres on the money line and the over, as the Sabres are the number-one ranked offensive team in the league as of publication.