Best NHL prop bets for today, 12/5 - Alex Ovechkin adds to his legacy

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After a solid weekend on the ice, let’s start out the new week just as strong. We’ve got 6 NHL games on deck, and we’ve broken down each matchup. Not only do we have picks and parlays across the board, we’ve also got our favorite player props. I’m currently on a 6-2 run, so let’s keep that momentum going! We’ve targeted 2 skaters in the Metro Division, so let’s check them out. Along with our player props, be sure to check out all of our NHL picks for today’s action.

Alex Ovechkin over 0.5 goals (+125)

Tonight’s Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers game features 2 of the best skaters to ever take the ice. We aren’t paying the ridiculous Connor McDavid prices at home, and are instead backing Ovechkin on the road. The Caps as a team have struggled outside of Washington, but we’re not concerned about them winning the game. All we’re focused on is Ovechkin finding the back of the net, just like he did against the Oilers earlier this season. Ove also came through for us with this same prop last month, so let’s show him the love once again. 

There’s no reason to doubt him with the way the Oilers’ goaltending has been this year. McDavid and Leon Draisaitl may be able to make up for it at times, but Edmonton is allowing the 7th-most goals per game. However, it’s been far worse lately. Over the last month, the Oilers are allowing the 3rd-most goals per game. They’re sandwiched between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks in that regard, which is never good company. Not only did Ove notch a goal against them already this season, he has 14 goals in 21 games against the Oilers in his career. He has T.J. Oshie back on the ice to assist him, which should help him inch closer to the all-time goals record and grab his 794th tonight. 

Be sure to check out our full Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers predictions

Adam Fox over 0.5 assists (-170)

We’re staying on theme in terms of a point-based prop, but swapping to the assist market. That’s been Adam Fox’s wheelhouse throughout his career, and it’s not difficult to see why. He skates alongside 2 prolific goal-scorers in Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, who each scored a goal in the New York Rangers’ most recent game. Fox assisted one of those, which brought him to 21 on the season. That’s tied for the 6th-most in the NHL, and now he has another great matchup. The St. Louis Blues are coming off of a game in which they allowed 6 goals to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, and will be on the road once again. 

Not only have the Blues allowed the 4th-most goals per game overall, but they’ve also allowed the 4th-most outside of St. Louis. Even when their goaltending was more stout last season, Fox had no issues. The Rangers defenseman recorded 5 assists in just 2 games against the Blues last year. There’s also no concern as to which line he is on, and he’s virtually always on the ice. His 25:17 per game is the 5th-most in the league. To add to his opportunities, he’s also on the first power play unit. The Rangers were just embarrassed by a weak Chicago Blackhawks team, so expect them to come out firing, which should include Fox lending out a helper. 

Be sure to check out our full St. Louis Blues vs New York Rangers predictions

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