NorthStar Bets NHL Schedule Preview: Week of Dec. 18-24

It’s time for another week in the National Hockey League season, and you know what that means – another look at the schedule ahead! Paired with Canada Sports Betting’s written and video coverage of the NHL, and some of our handy features like the strength of schedule tool and the NHL projected standings, you’ll be able to take on this week’s action with ease. Below is every NHL game on the weekly docket, its broadcast time, and a look at what rest-based advantages that teams have. Let’s dive in!

NHL Games on Monday, Dec. 18

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
0Anaheim Ducks7:00 PM (ET)Detroit Red Wings1
1Minnesota Wild7:00 PMPittsburgh Penguins1
1Montreal Canadiens7:30 PMWinnipeg Jets1
1Seattle Kraken8:00 PMDallas Stars1
1Florida Panthers9:30 PMCalgary Flames1
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Rest Notes: Monday is fairly even, with only the Anaheim Ducks having a distinct rest disadvantage, travelling to Detroit to conclude a back-to-back. Dallas has a slightly heavy workload with its third game in four nights, but the Stars get to play from their own home against the Kraken.

NHL Games on Tuesday, Dec. 19

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
0Minnesota Wild7:00 PMBoston Bruins2
2Columbus Blue Jackets7:00 PMBuffalo Sabres2
1Vegas Golden Knights7:00 PMCarolina Hurricanes1
2Philadelphia Flyers7:00 PMNew Jersey Devils1
2St. Louis Blues7:00 PMTampa Bay Lightning2
2New York Rangers7:00 PMToronto Maple Leafs2
2Edmonton Oilers7:30 PMNew York Islanders2
1Vancouver Canucks8:00 PMNashville Predators2
1Colorado Avalanche8:30 PMChicago Blackhawks1
1Ottawa Senators9:00 PMArizona Coyotes2
2Los Angeles Kings10:30 PMSan Jose Sharks1
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Rest Notes: Minnesota has it worse than anyone on this list, playing its second game of a back-to-back, travelling from road game to road game, and having to face the rested Boston Bruins on top of that. Tough break! Beyond them, New Jersey, Vancouver, and Colorado are all playing their third game in four nights, and Carolina is playing its third in six. There are a few single-day rest discrepancies here and there, but nothing crazy.

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NHL Games on Wednesday, Dec. 20

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
1Detroit Red Wings7:30 PMWinnipeg Jets1
0New York Islanders7:30 PMWashington Capitals2
1Seattle Kraken10:00 PMLos Angeles Kings0
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Rest Notes: There are just three games on the schedule tonight, and two of them feature teams playing their second half of a back-to-back. The team suffering the most here is the Islanders, who travel to DC to take on the Capitals with a two-day disadvantage.

NHL Games on Thursday, Dec. 21

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
1Toronto Maple Leafs7:00 PMBuffalo Sabres1
0Washington Capitals7:00 PMColumbus Blue Jackets1
1St. Louis Blues7:00 PMFlorida Panthers2
1Edmonton Oilers7:00 PMNew Jersey Devils1
1Nashville Predators7:00 PMPhiladelphia Flyers1
1Carolina Hurricanes7:00 PMPittsburgh Penguins2
1Vegas Golden Knights7:00 PMTampa Bay Lightning1
1Vancouver Canucks8:00 PMDallas Stars2
2Montreal Canadiens8:00 PMMinnesota Wild1
1Ottawa Senators9:00 PMColorado Avalanche1
2Calgary Flames10:00 PMAnaheim Ducks2
1Arizona Coyotes10:30 PMSan Jose Sharks1
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Rest Notes: On top of Washington’s second game in as many nights, we see Minnesota playing its third in four nights, and both Colorado and New Jersey playing their fourth in six. There are a couple of single-day advantages here in terms of rest, but nothing drastic.

NHL Games on Friday, Dec. 22

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
0Philadelphia Flyers7:00 PMDetroit Red Wings1
0Edmonton Oilers7:00 PMNew York Rangers2
2Boston Bruins8:00 PMWinnipeg Jets1
0Montreal Canadiens8:30 PMChicago Blackhawks2
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Rest Notes: Every game on Friday is a schedule mismatch, with either a one- or two-game advantage, and three teams playing their second half of a back-to-back.

NHL Games on Saturday, Dec. 23

RestAway TeamTimeHome TeamRest
1Dallas Stars3:00 PMNashville Predators1
1Vegas Golden Knights3:00 PMFlorida Panthers1
0Boston Bruins7:00 PMMinnesota Wild1
2New York Islanders7:00 PMCarolina Hurricanes1
1Toronto Maple Leafs7:00 PMColumbus Blue Jackets1
0Detroit Red Wings7:00 PMNew Jersey Devils1
1Pittsburgh Penguins7:00 PMOttawa Senators1
1Tampa Bay Lightning7:00 PMWashington Capitals1
1Buffalo Sabres7:30 PMNew York Rangers0
2Seattle Kraken8:00 PMAnaheim Ducks1
0Chicago Blackhawks8:00 PMSt. Louis Blues1
1Arizona Coyotes9:00 PMColorado Avalanche1
1Calgary Flames10:00 PMLos Angeles Kings2
1San Jose Sharks10:00 PMVancouver Canucks1
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Rest Notes: We have four back-to-backs on the Saturday schedule, all of which create single-day mismatches with the opposition. Beyond those, Washington hosts Tampa while playing its third game in four nights, and Minnesota hosts Boston while playing its fourth in six.

NHL Games on Sunday, Dec. 24

No games! Yep, the league is off for a few days. The action picks back up again on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Happy Holidays!

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