Best player prop bets for Friday's NHL slate: MacKinnon to have another dominant performance

Colorado arguably have the best player in the NHL this season in Nathan McKinnon.
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Matthew Lowrimore

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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.

We’ve got a four-game slate for Friday’s NHL card, but there are still plenty of opportunities to find some value. Right now, we’re going to be focusing on player props, bringing you a few of our favorite props. Before you bet these, make sure you also check out our picks on the side and total for every game.

Alex Ovechkin Over 3.5 Shots on Goal (-136)

This prop seems to keep hitting time and time again, so yes, we will be backing Alex Ovechkin to have more than 3.5 shots on goal again tonight. He has had four in every game of this playoff series, even though it took overtime to finally find a fourth shot in Game 3. The Capitals find themselves 2-1 behind in the series, so Ovechkin is certainly going to need to be on his game at this point. He also has just one goal through three games, but his 12 shots on goal is seventh-best in the NHL in the playoffs so far. At least until Boston shows some kind of ability to slow him down, we are going to back him to have another four or more shots on goal.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins.

Sebastian Aho Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-144)

The Carolina Hurricanes have dominated the Nashville Predators so far in their series and will look to take a 3-0 lead on Friday night. Once again, we are going to be backing a familiar play — Sebastian Aho to record more than 2.5 shots on goal — as it just keeps cashing when we do.  He is coming off five shots on goal in Game 2, while he had seven in game one. Aho is averaging six shots per game in the series and is tied for seventh in the playoffs with 12 shots on goal. He just had two goals in Game 2 as well to nearly put him over this prop, so asking him to have another three-shot game will be our top play.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators.

Nathan MacKinnon Over 1.5 Points (+118)

Another lopsided series here as the Colorado Avalanche have made it look easy against the St Louis Blues in the first two games. Nathan MacKinnon seems to have flipped a switch for the playoffs because he is playing some tremendous hockey. He is coming off a hat-trick in Game 2 and one assist for a total of four points. He also had three points in Game 1 behind two goals and one assist. Seeing that MacKinnon is leading the playoffs with seven points and five goals, we like him to have another multi-point game in what should be a comfortable Colorado win.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues.

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