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NHL best bets
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The NHL is featuring a jam-packed Wednesday slate on the night before American Thanksgiving, so read on for our top NHL prop picks and best bets for Wednesday based on the leading NHL odds from our best sports betting apps.

Hockey fans have a 14-game slate to feast on in the NHL on Wednesday before American Thanksgiving.

Several high-profile matchups include the Edmonton Oilers against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Boston Bruins facing off with the Florida Panthers, the New York Rangers clashing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Dallas Stars.

Here are our top NHL prop picks and best bets for Wednesday (odds via our best NHL betting sites; Pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Wednesday’s NHL schedule and odds

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Wednesday’s NHL best bets

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Wednesday’s NHL prop picks

Nikita Kucherov Over 3.5 Shots on Goal (-150 via DraftKings)  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nikita Kucherov has been a one-man shooting gallery for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2023. He's already logged 85 shots over 18 games, good for well over four per contest. Kucherov has also registered four-plus shots on goal in 14 of those matchups.

He's been firing the puck a lot recently as well. Since tallying back-to-back games with just two shots, Kucherov has gone Over 3.5 shots on goal in 10 straight games, with a total of 55 shots in that span.

This is a great spot to ladder Kucherov’s shots on goal at Over 4.5 (+142) and even Over 5.5 (+260) through FanDuel. He's notched five-plus shots on goal in 11 of 18 games this season.

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Cole Perfetti to record a point (+100 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cole Perfetti is off to a great start in 2023. He's already tallied 14 points over 17 games after putting up 30 points in 51 contests during 2022-23.

The young winger's eight-game point streak came to an end against the Arizona Coyotes, but he should get right back at it in Tampa Bay. Perfetti plays on the second line and top power-play unit with some talented linemates.

Back Perfetti to record a point and pop some confetti on Wednesday.

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Wednesday’s NHL game picks

Hurricanes ML vs. Oilers (-142 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a fantastic spot for the Hurricanes.

Carolina is 5-1-0 at home, while the disappointing Oilers are just 2-7-0 away from home in 2023-24. Edmonton has already lost in Tampa Bay (6-4) and Florida (5-3) on this road trip, and it’s not going to get any easier against the Canes.

The Hurricanes have endured a few defeats of their own recently, but they’re still 4-3-0 across their last seven games following a three-game winning streak.

While both teams are near the top of the league in expected goals for percentage, Carolina is much more sound defensively and in net. Edmonton struggles to keep the puck out of the net, and the Hurricanes are thriving off that right now.

Take the better team at home. This line should continue to move, as -142 is the best on the board right now at DraftKings, while Carolina is as high as -148 elsewhere.

Devils vs. Red Wings Over 6.5 (-122 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

We should be in for a doozy here when the Devils battle the Red Wings in Detroit. These are two of the most-profitable squads in 2023-24 in terms of betting the Over.

The Devils have gone over the total in 13 of their 16 games, while the Red Wings aren't too far behind (11 of 17 contests). Both teams score at a high rate, but the clubs also allow goals quite regularly, too.

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On average, the Devils have been outscored 3.81 to 3.69 in their 16 games, while the Red Wings have been outscoring their opponents 3.59 to 3.35.

Neither team is particularly strong in the crease either, with Vitek Vanecek (7-4-0, 3.38 GAA, .889 SV%) likely in goal for New Jersey, and Alex Lyon (0-1-0, 3.08 GAA, .897 SV%) confirmed for Detroit.

NHL best bets made 11/22/2023 at 10:20 a.m. ET

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