NHL 2022-23 predictions: season and Stanley Cup preview
The Colorado Avalanche secured their third Stanley Cup title in the 2021-22 NHL season. They defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by four games to two, with the latter looking at the possibility of winning a third consecutive trophy. The 2022-23 NHL is contested among 32 teams. The teams are divided into Eastern and Western Conferences, with each conference divided into two divisions. The regular season has an 82-game scheme.
Each franchise has a set schedule during the regular season: 82 games, 41 at home and 41 away. Out of these games, 26 are played in the same division (four against five of their seven divisional opponents, plus three against two others); 24 — against the eight remaining non-divisional intra-conference opponents (three against each team in its conference's other division); 32 — against each team in the other conference twice (home and away).
The team with the most points in each division is proclaimed division champion, while the league's overall leader is awarded the Presidents' Trophy.
The NHL regular season is followed by the Stanley Cup. Eight teams from the Western and Eastern Conference qualify for the playoffs. The top three teams in each division, as well as the two conference teams with the next best amount of points, qualify from each conference. In the Stanley Cup, each team faces its opponent in a seven-game series. The first team to win four games in the series advances to the next round. The winner of the Eastern Conference Final and that of the Western Conference Final meet in the Stanley Cup finals.
On Takebet Rwanda, we offer the best daily NHL expert picks for the regular season and NHL playoffs predictions for the Stanley Cup. Our ice hockey prediction site also offers free NHL betting tips for future outrights such as the winner of the Stanley Cup, the winner of Presidents Trophy, the winner of each division and the conferences, the MVP and others.
Below is a full list of teams participating in the 2022-23 NHL, by conference and division.
NHL Eastern Conference teams in the Atlantic Division:
- Boston Bruins
- Buffalo Sabres
- Detroit Red Wings
- Florida Panthers
- Montreal Canadiens
- Ottawa Senators
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan Division:
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Washington Capitals
NHL Western Conference teams in the Pacific Division:
- Anaheim Ducks
- Calgary Flames
- Edmonton Oilers
- Los Angeles Kings
- San Jose Sharks
- Seattle Kraken
- Vancouver Canucks
- Vegas Golden Knights
NHL Western Conference teams in the Central Division:
- Arizona Coyotes
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Dallas Stars
- Minnesota Wild
- Nashville Predators
- St. Louis Blues
- Winnipeg Jets
The Colorado Avalanche won the 2022 Stanley Cup to make it their third trophy overall and second this century. The Avalanche also finished top of the Central Division and of the Western Conference, to secure their eleventh division championship and third conference victory. The Avs won 56 out of 82 regular season games, with 46 wins in regular time. Colorado got 119 points, ten clear of the St. Louis Blues on the second place in the conference.
In the 2022 NHL playoffs, Colorado Avalanche won over Nashville (4-0), St. Louis (4-2), Edmonton (4-0) and, in the Stanley Cup finals, over Tampa Bay (4-2).
Nathan MacKinnon has 242 goals and 406 assists in 638 appearances for Colorado in regular season alongside 41 goals and 52 assists in 70 playoff appearances for the Avalanche just prior to the 2022-23 NHL season. MacKinnon averaged 1.35 points per game during the previous regular season and 1.20 points per game in the 2021-22 NHL playoffs. Nathan is one of the top 4 favourites for the 2022-23 Hart Memorial Trophy.
Other key players of the Colorado Avalanche apart from Nathan MacKinnon:
- Gabriel Landeskog
- J. T. Compher
- Bowen Byram
- Cale Makar
- Mikko Rantanen
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the 2021-22 NHL regular season second in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference with 115 points and 54 wins in 82 matches, with 45 victories coming in regular time. Their last division championship came in the 2020-21 season, and they were eight points short of winning it again. Instead, the Florida Panthers took the final lead in the division.
The Maple Leafs took part in the 2022 Stanley Cup just to lose to the future finalists and the then-defending champions, Tampa Bay, in seven games.
Auston Matthews is key for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews became the first player of the Maple Leafs to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy after scoring the most goals during the regular season (41). In the 2021-22 NHL, the American international scored 60 goals, provided 46 assists and got 106 points in 76 matches of the regular season. In the subsequent playoffs, Auston scored four times, did five assists and had nine points in all seven matches.
Other key players of the Toronto Maple Leafs apart from Auston Matthews:
- William Nylander
- John Tavares
- Mitch Marner
- Michael Bunting
- Morgan Rielly
The Florida Panthers won the Atlantic Division in the 2021-22 NHL season. The Panthers got 122 points from 58 victories (42 in regular time), with 340 goals for and 246 against, a goal difference of +94. In the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, Florida topped the Washington Capitals (4-2), but lost 0-4 to Tampa Bay.
Aleksander Barkov is the captain of the Florida Panthers and their star. Barkov was nominated for the Selke Trophy for two consecutive seasons. He brought 88 points (39 goals + 49 assists) to Florida in the 2021-22 NHL regular season while scoring two goals with five assists in 10 playoff matches.
Other key players of the Florida Panthers apart from Aleksander Barkov:
- Aaron Ekblad
- Patric Hornqvist
- Sergey Bobrovsky
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning lost the 2021-22 Stanley Cup finals as the defending two-time champions. They were overcame by the Colorado Avalanche (2-4). The Bolts finished third in the Atlantic Division (110 points). Tampa won 51 games (39 in regular time), scoring 287 goals and conceding 233 goals — a difference of +54.
In the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, Tampa Bay beat Toronto (4-3), Florida (4-0) and New York Rangers (4-2) before losing in the finals.
Nikita Kucherov has scored 246 goals and 370 assists in 562 games for the Lightning in the NHL regular seasons. The Russian international missed the whole 2020-21 regular season due to injury, but played the playoffs and was exceptional as he led the team to consecutive titles. The 2021-22 NHL season was also successful for Nikita, with 69 points (25 goals + 44 assists) won in the regular season and 27 points (9 goals + 19 assists) won in the playoffs.
Other key players of the Tampa Bay Lightning apart from Nikita Kucherov:
- Steven Stamkos
- Alex Killorn
- Victor Hedman
- Brayden Point
- Anthony Cirelli
The Carolina Hurricanes were top of the Metropolitan Division in the 2021-22 NHL regular season, for a second time in a row. They got 116 points from 54 wins (47 in regular time) with 278 goals scored and 202 conceded. In the subsequent 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, Carolina won 4-3 over the Boston Bruins, but then lost the second round with the same score to NY Rangers.
Sebastian Aho provided the Hurricanes with 81 points, scoring 37 goals and assisting 44 times in 79 games played during the 2021-22 NHL regular season. In the subsequent playoffs, Aho scored four goals and assisted seven times to win 11 points in all 14 matches played by Carolina in the 2022 Stanley Cup.
Other key players of the Carolina Hurricanes apart from Sebastian Aho:
- Frederik Andersen
- Jordan Staal
- Jaccob Slavin
- Jordan Martinook
Betting odds of 2022-23 NHL
On the Takebet Rwanda ice hockey prediction site, NHL tips for betting start with a thorough analysis of the upcoming season. This is when we take a pick at NHL odds predictions on the betting sites to provide you with season-long tips on NHL. These NHL odds tips are given by online bookmakers on the team to win the Stanley Cup, the Presidents’ Trophy, the teams to top conferences and divisions, to qualify for the playoffs, as well as the NHL MVP winner.
There is a clear favourite, the defending champions Colorado Avalanche, and another four teams whose chances to win the 2023 Stanley Cup stand out. This is what NHL betting predictions for teams by bookie experts imply prior to the 2022-2023 NHL season start.
The 2023 Stanley Cup winner betting odds:
- Colorado Avalanche — 5.25 (+425 American; 17/4 Fractional)
- Toronto Maple Leafs — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Florida Panthers — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Tampa Bay Lightning — 11.00 (+1000; 10/1)
- Carolina Hurricanes — 12.00 (+1100; 11/1)
- Calgary Flames — 16.00 (+1500; 15/1)
- Edmonton Oilers — 17.00 (+1600; 16/1)
- Vegas Golden Nights — 18.00 (+1700; 17/1)
- New York Rangers — 19.00 (+1800; 18/1)
- Minnesota Wild — 21.00 (+2000; 20/1)
The team with the most points during the National Hockey League regular season is awarded the Presidents’ Trophy. Inhere, NHL standings predictions are slightly different. The Colorado Avalanche are clear preliminary favourites for the trophy, with three under their belt already.
The 2023 Presidents’ Trophy winner betting odds:
- Colorado Avalanche — 3.80 (+280 American; 14/5 Fractional)
- Toronto Maple Leafs — 7.50 (+650; 13/2)
- Carolina Hurricanes — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Florida Panthers — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Tampa Bay Lightning — 11.00 (+1000; 10/1)
Among NHL season predictions, picks for the Hart Memorial Trophy are among the most anticipated betting tips. NHL award is given to the most valuable player. Wayne Gretzky has won the Hart Memorial Trophy a record nine times, as he won eight while playing for the Edmonton Oilers and the remaining one while playing for the Los Angeles Kings. Gordie Howe won the award six times while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers has two Hart Memorial trophies and is the favourite for the 2022-23 NHL season.
The 2023 Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) winner betting odds:
- Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) — 4.00 (+300 American; 3/1 Fractional)
- Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) — 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
- Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) — 10.50 (+950; 19/2)
- Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild) — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
Coverage of NHL betting tips
For best free betting picks, NHL experts choose decisive matches in all divisions of Western and Eastern conferences. Alongside influential fixtures, NHL game predictions include clashes of the top hockey franchises and matches with valuable bets. Regular season is followed by our NHL Stanley Cup predictions — playoffs are always covered heavily by NHL bet tips.
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Betting markets and odds of NHL tips and predictions
We go through all betting markets offered by bookmakers before we set for any NHL bet predictions. That includes tens of options, which may incorporate value.
Some of the betting markets we use for our free picks for NHL:
- 1x2 for regular time and money line
- NHL over under picks
- NHL score predictions
- Expert picks against the spread
NHL odds picks for singles are usually from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1). NHL accumulator betting tips typically have odds of around 10.00 (+900; 9/1).
NHL score predictions
In our betting tips, NHL experts often make free hockey picks with the correct scores. NHL scoring predictions for the most part include the final score of the regulation time, the score of the particular period, the score of the regulation time plus overtime, the score difference, the highest scoring period and such. NHL point predictions are also included in our NHL bet tips.
NHL over under picks
As in other hockey tournaments, over under NHL picks are the betting market most popular among punters, alongside money line bets. And they are in abundance on Takebet Rwanda.
Our NHL over/under predictions include bets on the match goals total and the number of goals in the exact period, and bets on the individual total of a particular team. We reach as far as NHL hockey predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs with the series over under total.
NHL playoff predictions 2023 and regular season match tips
NHL game picks on Takebet Rwanda start even before the actual season, with the NHL preseason predictions. We usually take a pick at preseason games of the main title challengers.
When the regular season starts, we launch our NHL hockey tips with an in-depth decomposition and previewing of the upcoming championship matches featuring top franchises, games with a decisive impact and matches with actionable value bets.
In our match articles, we give free picks of NHL betting odds, the form of teams and players, recent matches of both sides, projected lineups and key players, head-to-head records. In our bet tips, NHL trends convert into valuable pieces of advice on wagers worth taking.
NHL playoffs predictions come after daily regular season games are over. We start with NHL first round predictions, second round picks, coming all the way to our NHL finals predictions.
Futures predictions for NHL team standings and playoff
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Afterwards, NHL playoffs predictions come into play: prior to each stage of the Stanley Cup, NHL series predictions are offered by our experts with picks of the winning team.
Schedule of top 2022-23 NHL game predictions
Takebet Rwanda offers NHL free picks and predictions for top games as well as for the decisive fixtures and smaller matches with a valuable tip on them. Later we will make available the calendar of the top 2022-23 NHL matches between the favourites: the Colorado Avalanche, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
How experts analyse NHL matches for sure tips
When it comes to getting sure bet tips on NHL for you, there are few pillars our analysis rests on. First come ice hockey statistics and betting odds. We go far and beyond to research stats and compare the probability of events as we see it with the implied probability in the sportsbook odds, in order to spot real value. We rely upon statistical trends as well.
Some of the stats our experts explore for our NHL betting tips:
- Results in regulation time and overtime
- Shootout records
- Streaks of form
- Goals scored and conceded
- Shots for and against
- Power play and shorthanded percentages
- Save percentage
- Penalty stats
- Expected goals (xG)
Lots of other data helps us determine effective bets: the latest news from the squads and on their key players, knowledge of where money goes in betting, watching actual games, etc.
More betting predictions for ice hockey tournaments
NHL game predictions for players and teams are not the only ice hockey betting tips we offer. We cover major international hockey tournaments as well when they happen.
Some other ice hockey tournaments with predictions on Takebet Rwanda:
- Winter Olympic ice hockey tournament
- IIHF Ice Hockey World Cup
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