NHL Opening Night Odds 2023

Doug Bonjour
Last Updated: Oct 4, 2023

The NHL is officially back on Oct. 10, with a trio of games featuring all the pomp and circumstance of Opening Night.

It starts with the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Nashville Predators and ends with the Seattle Kraken visiting the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights.

Sandwiched between those games is a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, marked by the debut of the league’s newest generational talent.

Are you ready? To help whet your appetite, here are the latest NHL Opening Night odds.

NHL Opening Night Schedule & Betting Odds

NHL betting odds used below are from Thursday, Sept. 7, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Nashville Predators @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. ET

  • Moneyline: Predators (+160) @ Lightning (-192)
  • Spread: Predators +1.5 (-155) @ Lightning -1.5 (+130)
  • Over/Under: Over 6 (-115) / Under 6 (-105)

The Lightning had an extended offseason after losing in the first round to Toronto, ending a string of three straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Final. Will it serve them well?

Considering all the wear and tear on veterans like Andrei Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman, it certainly can’t hurt. Tampa Bay kept most of its championship core intact but can only compete for so much longer.

Meanwhile, Nashville is starting fresh. The Predators are turning to a new coach/general manager tandem in Andrew Brunette and Barry Trotz after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Chicago Blackhawks @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET

  • Moneyline: Blackhawks (+190) @ Penguins (-230)
  • Spread: Blackhawks +1.5 (-135) @ Penguins -1.5 (+114)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-110) / Under 6.5 (-110)

Canadian phenom Connor Bedard will make his Blackhawks debut after going No. 1 in June’s NHL Draft. Chicago may be in for another long season, but the 18-year-old at least gives the fanbase a reason to watch.

The season starts against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who added Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson this offseason to maximize their championship window.

Seattle Kraken @ Vegas Golden Knights

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET

  • Moneyline: Kraken (+142) @ Golden Knights (-170)
  • Spread: Kraken +1.5 (-175) @ Golden Knights -1.5 (+145)
  • Over/Under: Over 6 (-120) / Under 6 (+100)

What a scene it should be in Las Vegas as the Golden Knights hoist their first Stanley Cup banner at T-Mobile Arena

After bringing back goalie Adin Hill on a two-year deal, the Golden Knights remain the team to beat. But Seattle, led by 40-goal scorer Jared McCann, hopes to close the gap on the champs.

Remarkably, the Kraken went from finishing last in the Pacific Division during their expansion season to earning 100 points in 2022-23.


Doug Bonjour

Doug covered college and prep sports in Connecticut for more than a decade, including stints as the UConn women’s basketball and UConn football beat reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media. During his time reporting on the 11-time national champion Huskies, he covered three NCAA Final Fours. He also has written for the Associated Press and New York Times.

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