We have a full day of hockey with today’s 12-game slate with an abundance of options to pick through for prop bets. Below, I give out my three best NHL prop bets.
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Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Central Division’s second-place Minnesota Wild hosts the Metropolitan Division’s fifth-place Columbus Jackets. This is the second meeting between these two teams this season as the Blue Jackets won the first matchup 3-2, though Kaprizov did notch a goal in that game.
Kaprizov has been without a doubt the primary scorer for Minnesota this season as he leads the team with 33 goals and 219 shots on goal. The Wild’s star winger has been extremely dialed in recently as he has scored 10 goals over the last 13 games.
I expect Kaprizov’s success to continue as he faces a vulnerable Columbus team that ranks just 30th in the league in goals allowed per game. Jean-Francois Berube is the projected starting goaltender for Columbus as they are on the second half of a back-to-back.
While Berube has only made four starts this season, he has allowed three or more goals in all four of those games. That being said, I think Kaprizov is more than capable of finding the back of the net once again.
These odds feel like stealing for a guy whose name continues to sneakily creep into the Hart Trophy conversation. Gaudreau has scored 10 goals over the last 12 games and will look to keep It going in the Battle of Alberta.
The Battle of Alberta usually brings out the best from Edmonton’s and Calgary’s superstars, as this is the most passionate rivalry in hockey. Last time out against Edmonton, Gaudreau was able to find the back of the net and I like these odds for him to give It another try in this contest.
While Edmonton is obviously known for their firepower offense, their defense has been pretty brutal this season as they rank just 20th in the league in five-on-five expected goals against per 60 minutes (xGA). Mike Smith is the projected starting goaltender for Edmonton and has been shaky on the road this season as his save percentage dips down to 0.891 when playing away from home, making Gaudreau a good target to notch a goal at home.
Getting over 2/1 on Kuznetsov to score once is incredibly good odds which I feel are inflated due to the fact that all of the attention from the books goes to Ovechkin. Kuznetsov is Washington’s second-leading scorer and has notched six goals over the last seven games.
The Capitals have a good matchup to get some goals as they go against the New Jersey Devils, a team that ranks just 29th in the league in goals allowed per game this season. Nico Daws is the projected starting goaltender for the Devils and has been fade worthy recently as he has allowed three or more goals in four straight starts.
I expect this game to be a high-scoring affair, and so do oddsmakers, as the total is set at 6.5. If there are between six or seven goals scored in this game, I like Kuznetsov to notch at least one of them.
Best of luck!
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