Best NHL prop bets for today, 12/18 - Nazem Kadri crushes the Sharks

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After a nice 2-0 night and going 4-1 in our last 5 player props, let’s cap off the weekend strongly. We’re down to just 5 games today, but that’s more than enough opportunities to target individual skaters to perform well. There are some matchups that look destined to be more defensive, such as the Penguins vs Hurricanes and Jets vs Kraken. With that in mind, we’re going to stay away from those games (unless of course you enjoy rooting for unders). Instead, we’ve found ideal candidates who should show out with their matchups, so let’s dive in. 

Along with our player props, be sure to check out all of our NHL picks for today’s action.

Nazem Kadri (CAL) Over 0.5 points (-140)

Nazem Kadri is a skater we targeted quite often last season as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, as he played a major role in them going on to hoist the Stanley Cup. While it took some time to gel with his new team in Calgary, he’s been heating up with the Flames. He and Jonathan Huberdeau, formerly of the Florida Panthers, have hit their stride with Elias Lindholm to form a solid trio. It was Lindholm who recorded 2 assists in the Flames most recent game, and we’re anticipating Kadri to have his big night tonight. 

Despite being on the road, he and the rest of Calgary have one of the best matchups of the day. They’ll be in San Jose to take on the Sharks, who will be on the second night of a back-to-back. They already allow the 8th-most goals per game, so having a backup goaltender in net certainly won’t help. No matter which of their 4 goalies they put between the pipes, they all have losing records this season. Although it was with the Avs, Kadri also feasted on the Sharks last season. He recorded 6 points across 3 games against them, 4 of which were assists. Teammate Tyler Toffoli looks due for a goal, and it could be Kadri that assists him in doing so. 

Adam Fox (NYR) Over 0.5 assists (-130)

With such an ideal matchup and a team full of skaters who can hit several different props, the only issue with our second play is choosing who to target. With that in mind, we’ll also provide some other honorable mentions for plays in this game. Artemi Panarin would be one of those other skaters, as he and Fox have 30 and 24 assists, respectively, already this season. Those values both rank within the top 10 in the NHL, something neither are a stranger to. Fox’s 63 last season were the 10th-most in the league by season’s end. His 31 points through 31 games are the 3rd-most on the team, and the Rangers should also be able to pad their stats tonight. 

It’s been easy to pick on the Chicago Blackhawks this season, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop profiting off of them. They helped us cash our plus-money Kirill Kaprizov prop on Friday night by allowing him to record 3 points, and their game prior was the famous Alex Ovechkin hat-trick to get to goal number 800. Therefore, it’s not surprising that they are allowing the 4th-most goals per game, and have been even worse recently. In the last month, Chicago is allowing 4.38 goals per game, the most in the NHL. Fox had an assist against them just 15 days ago and 3 in 2 meetings against the Blackhawks last year. It was Panarin who tore up last night, and tonight should be Fox’s turn.

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