It’s an unusually busy Monday around the NHL, which gives us plenty to dig into for today’s top NHL parlay picks.
There are a handful of matinee games around the NHL, but we’re going to stick to evening contests for our parlay picks.
Here are my top parlay picks for the Jan. 17 NHL action (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Top NHL Parlay Picks
Islanders (-175) vs. Flyers ★★★★
Predators-Blues Under 6.5 goals alternate line (-160) ★★★
Penguins +1.5 (-255) vs. Golden Knights ★★★★
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Top NHL Parlay Predictions
These teams will play for the first time this season on Monday and square off again the following day, so we’ll have to somewhat speculate on the starting goaltenders for this one. It should be Ilya Sorokin (9-7-5, 2.43 goals-against average, .925 save percentage) for the New York Islanders. He returned from COVID-19 protocols last week to allow two goals against the New Jersey Devils.
Sorokin has been better at home – where this game will be played – with a 2.11 GAA compared to 2.61 on the road.
This play is more of a fade on the Philadelphia Flyers, who’ve lost seven straight. Philadelphia is without top-line center Sean Couturier and defenseman Ryan Ellis, among other injury and COVID-19-related absences. Carter Hart (7-12-4, 2.94 GAA, .911 SV%) will likely be between the pipes for the Flyers, and he has just three wins in 11 road outings this campaign.
These clubs played eight times last season, and New York won the final five meetings, including twice in overtime and twice in a shootout. Philadelphia is 0-4 in its past four games as a road underdog, while New York has won five straight as a favorite. This is a strong bet for the first leg of our NHL parlay picks.
Predators-Blues Under 6.5 goals alternate line (-160)
These teams have met once so far this season, and it resulted in a 4-3 Nashville Predators road overtime victory. Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (20-10-2, 2.35 GAA, .926 SV%) got the win that night and should start this one. He has a solid 2.69 GAA on the road.
Meanwhile, Nashville is without one of its top offensive players, Filip Forsberg, who’s in the NHL’s health and safety protocols. The St. Louis Blues are also missing a few key forwards in David Perron (eight goals, 12 assists) and Pavel Buchnevich (14 goals, 21 assists), which further cements this Under pick.
Blues netminder Jordan Binnington was terrible last time out against the Toronto Maple Leafs, allowing six goals. However, he’s been better overall at home.
The Under is 6-0 in the Blues’ last six as home favorites. We’re buying off of six goals to avoid a potential push.
Penguins +1.5 (-255)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have just two losses in their last 14 games and stole an overtime victory on Saturday in San Jose against the Sharks, and that was with backup goaltender Louis Domingue. However, No. 1 Tristan Jarry should return this one. The Vezina candidate owns a 2.05 GAA and .929 SV%, both good for third in the league.
The Vegas Golden Knights are pretty banged up, with the likes of Max Pacioretty, Alec Martinez, and Nicolas Hague on injured reserve and winger William Carrier (nine points) questionable for this one. Robin Lehner (15-10-1, 2.91 GAA, .905 SV%) has lost back-to-back starts and performs marginally worse at home with a 2.92 GAA.
The Penguins could win this outright, but we’ll play it safe on the puckline for the final leg of our NHL parlay picks. Pittsburgh is 7-2 in its past nine on the road, while the Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last five at home.
Combined odds: Islanders (-175) + Predators-Blues Under alternate line (-160) + Penguins +1.5 (-255) = +255
NHL parlay picks made 1/17/2022 at 8:30 a.m. ET.