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NHL best bets
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The NHL is in full swing with an 11-game slate on Thursday night, and here are our top NHL prop picks and best bets for Thursday based on the top NHL odds from our best sports betting apps.

We’re nearing the middle of November, and all 32 NHL teams have played at least 11 games.

The New York Islanders and Bruins face off in Boston as one of five games at 7 p.m. ET, with the Edmonton Oilers traveling to San Jose to take on the Sharks to close out the slate at 10:30 p.m.

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

Thursday’s NHL schedule and odds

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Thursday’s NHL best bets

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Thursday’s NHL prop picks

Connor McDavid to score 2+ goals (+470 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐

There aren’t many spots when betting a player to score multiple goals is a good pick, but this is one of them.

Connor McDavid may not look 100% after missing a few games with an injury but he doesn’t need to be 100% to score against these Sharks. San Jose allows a league-high 3.28 expected goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five and has one of the worst penalty kills in the league at 70.2%.

Of course, the Oilers’ power play is powerful, as it’s hitting at a 25.6% clip this season.

McDavid smells blood in the water and should pounce Thursday. He had 14 multi-goal games last season, including twice in San Jose.

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Thursday’s NHL game picks

Canucks ML vs. Senators (-125 via DraftKings)  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Vancouver Canucks are among the darlings of the league in the early going. Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, and Thatcher Demko are all top candidates for individual awards with Vancouver off to a 9-2-1 start.

The Canucks have won four straight and are 7-0-1 in their last eight games, with the only loss coming in the second half of a back-to-back. They’ve had a few days off after a 6-2 win over the Oilers.

On the other side, the Ottawa Senators got a much-needed win on Wednesday night in Toronto. Unfortunately, for them, that means they're in a tough spot Thursday against the Canucks.

Vancouver may be on the road, but the Canucks have the advantage in this game.

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Blackhawks vs. Lightning Over 6.5 (-121 via BetRivers) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been able to tread water to start the season even without Andrei Vasilevskiy. Tampa Bay is 6-3-4 with 16 points through 13 games. A lot of that has to do with the Bolts' top-heavy offense.

Tampa averages the fourth-most goals in the league per game (3.85) while also allowing 3.46 per contest. Chicago allows 3.45 per game while scoring just 2.36.

Lightning goalie Jonas Johansson (5-1-3, 3.17 GAA, .907 SV%) has come back down to Earth after a fantastic start to the season. He’s allowed 14 goals in his last three games after back-to-back shutouts.

Chicago should be able to pot a few against Johansson, and the Lightning’s high-powered offense will provide the rest to get to at least seven goals in this contest.

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Oilers -1.5 vs. Sharks (-137 via BetRivers)  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The San Jose Sharks finally got off the schneid on Tuesday night with their first win of the season. Unfortunately, they’re once again huge underdogs on Thursday.

The Oilers have been massively disappointing in the early going but the underlying numbers are strong. Edmonton’s 57.31% xGF at 5-on-5 sits behind only the Colorado Avalanche, and the Oilers are putting up a league-high 3.45 xGF/60.

This is the perfect spot for McDavid and the Oilers to open things up. They’ve won only two games this season but both have been by a big margin - 6-1 in Nashville and then 5-2 over the Flames.

Back the Oilers to win big Thursday in San Jose.

NHL best bets made 11/09/2023 at 11:15 a.m. ET

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