Best NHL player prop bets today 6/24 - MacKinnon makes his mark on Friday night

Colorado Avalanche skater Nathan MacKinnon
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Mark Lammey

NHL · 5 days ago

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I've been a capper since my love for sports met my proficiency with numbers and math. The NFL and NCAAF have always been my first loves, followed by the NHL. Although I prefer sports that involve hitting people, I still love capping MLB, soccer, tennis, and even some esports. Living in Florida has its perks like year-round sports of any kind.

Following Colorado’s controversial overtime game winner in Game 4, the Stanley Cup Final heads back to Denver. The Avalanche have the opportunity to become champions on home ice after taking a 3-1 series lead. However, the Lightning are also a team that has proven to overcome adversity. While that makes picking a side for Friday night’s game a bit more difficult, there are plenty of skaters to target for props. One of those is arguably the best skater in the world.

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Nathan MacKinnon 0.5 assists (-105)

While the Avalanche are a team full of all-stars, none are more recognizable than Nathan MacKinnon. His all-world status is what makes it surprising that this prop is listed at such a reasonable price. After enduring a very rare performance in Game 3 in which he was held pointless, he bounced back in Game 4 with his first goal of the series. Not only was being held without a point a rarity, he is also usually more prone to dishing out assists. Of his 88 points in the regular season, 56 of them were assists.

That may seem strange for a skater that shoots the puck so often. However, that also creates more opportunities from rebounds off of goaltenders or the pipes of the goal. There was a perfect example of that in Game 3 with 1 of Gabriel Landeskog’s 2 goals. Now with Nazem Kadri back healthy, there are even more goal-scorers surrounding MacKinnon. It was Kadri who scored the overtime game winner on Wednesday and Landeskog has 4 goals in the last 5 games. MacKinnon had an assist in each of the first 2 games of this series that were also in Colorado; he should record another one back on home ice for Game 5.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche

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