Best player prop bets for Friday's NHL Slate: Kopitar to help the Kings extend their winning streak

Mar 1, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) looks on during the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
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Matthew Lowrimore

NHL· 7 months ago

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Matthew has been with Pickswise for over a year now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passion is college football and that is the sport he has covered the most. Matthew uses a variety of methods to handicap games, including stats, trends, injuries, and situational factors. His goal is to consistently give out winners and will do everything he can to make his readers money.

After a 10-game slate on Thursday, we are back with just three games on Friday. The action starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here we are going to focus on the player props and will be looking for guys to step up for their teams. Make sure you also check out our picks on the side and total for every game, as well.

Patrice Bergeron Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-130)

None of Boston’s biggest stars were able to get anything going on Thursday night, which is part of the reason they lost 7-2 to the New York Islanders. They will be looking to bounce back tonight with a game set against the New York Rangers. Instead of looking at another point prop, assist prop or even a goal scoring prop, we are going to look for a Bruins’ player to put some shots on goal. The player in question will be Patrice Bergeron. He had four shots on goal on Thursday, which would have cashed this prop. Bergeron has a total of 60 shots on goal this season, averaging 3.5 shots on goal per game. He has eight shots on goal in two games against the Rangers this year, so backing him to have at least three shots on goal will be our play.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders.

Anze Kopitar Over 0.5 Assists (+100)

The Los Angeles Kings are rolling right now, winning six consecutive games. They will have the chance to extend this streak to seven games when they take the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. The Kings beat the Wild not to long ago 4-0 and we expect a similar result here. The Kings will need to rely on Anze Kopitar tonight, who leads them in assists and points. He has five assists during this six-game winning streak, so we like the idea of getting a good price on Kopitar to find an assist here. He also have five assists in the five games played against Minnesota, so we will back this over tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild.

Nathan MacKinnon Over 0.5 Goals (+126)

The Colorado Avalanche are going through a rough stretch right now, losing back to back games and only mustering two goals of offense in the games combined. Here they will have a great opportunity to get back on track when they face a below average Coyotes team. The Avalanche have not been getting the type of goal production from Nathan MacKinnon either, but half of his goals have come in the last four games, making me think that he is getting ready to turn things around. The Coyotes’ defense is not the best either, so backing MacKinnon to score here is going to be our play. He is still likely this teams best player, so eventually the goals will start to come.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes.

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