Best NHL prop bets for today, 2/19 - Cale Makar makes his mark
With the NFL season being over, you may be wondering how to profit without betting on passing yards or first touchdown scorers. However, the NHL player prop market can be extremely profitable. That’s what we’ve been targeting all season, and we’re here to continue that as the postseason draws nearer. With a solid 6-six game slate this Sunday, we’ve found 2 great spots for you to take advantage of.
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Cale Makar over 0.5 assists (-115)
We targeted a Colorado Avalanche skater yesterday with Mikko Rantanen and he came through by scoring the first goal of the day. The Avs as a whole went on to look great in their 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. They had multiple skaters recording multiple points, including Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. However, a star player who was left out of the box score was Cale Makar. It was his first game back after missing a handful of games due to injury, and he still got over 21 minutes of ice time. Therefore, we’re not concerned on that front, and being held pointless for the reigning Norris Trophy winner is quite the rarity.
He’s one of the top contenders for the league’s best defenseman once again, and his 45 points through 46 games help support that. Of those 45 points, 32 have been assists. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as MacKinnon is a shot machine. They should link up just like they have against the Edmonton Oilers in the recent past. Makar has had an assist in each of the last 2 meetings against them and dominated them in the playoffs last year. He had a whopping 7 assists across the 4-game sweep of the Oilers. That includes a 4-assist game in Edmonton, so we’ll gladly take the better price with Makar on the road.
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Mitch Marner over 0.5 assists (-165)
Our second skater is one of the other young baby-faced stars of the league in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner. He comes with a more expensive price, but we are very confident he will make it worth it. The Leafs are in the midst of quite a stretch facing weak teams. After smashing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2, they crushed the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 last night and now get to face the Blackhawks again. That’s great news for Marner, as he’s had at least an assist in each of his last 5 games against Chicago. That includes back-to-back games with 2 assists and he has 8 in his 9 career games against the Hawks.
It also helps that he skates in the same line with John Tavares. Toronto’s captain has incredibly had a goal in 8 of his last 9 games against the Blackhawks. The only reason we’re not taking his goalscoring prop is because the Leafs have placed the newly acquired Ryan O’Rielly on the same line with Tavares and Marner. That chemistry may need time to come together, whereas Marner still has elite goalscorers in Auston Matthews and William Nylander to link up with. No matter who he dishes out a helper to, we expect him to do so, like he did just 4 days ago against the same opponent.
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