Best player prop bets for Saturday's NHL playoff: Lightning looking for commanding lead

Apr 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) passes the puck into the offensive zone against the Nashville Predators during the second period at Bridgestone Arena.
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We have only a one-game slate for Saturday’s NHL playoff action, so we will be looking to find one player for each team who represents some value. Right now, we’re going to be focusing on NHL 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.

Victor Hedman over 0.5 points (-144)

The Tampa Bay Lightning went ahead in the series in Game 3 with a 2-1 win and will be looking to move into a commanding lead tonight. One player in particular for Tampa Bay has made his presence known and that is Victor Hedman. He has three points in the series, and 14 points throughout the postseason, so we like him to continue that trend tonight. Hedman has scored once in this series, while adding two assists, so going over his point prop looks to be the best way to go. Note that in both the games Hedman has recorded points in, the Lightning have won each time. For that reason, we will be sticking with his point total tonight and will look for Hedman to be heavily involved in the attack.

Kyle Palmieri over 2 shots on goal (-138)

Offense has been hard to find for the Islanders in this series and they are averaging only 1.66 goals per game. For that reason, we are going to look to a shots-on-goal prop tonight.

The player in focus will be Kyle Palmieri. He has had at least two shots on goal in each game of this series and three in the most recent game. He is averaging 2.33 shots on goal per game, so asking him to have at least two tonight is more than reasonable. Even though Palmieri has yet to score in this series, he has seven goals throughout the postseason, so he is still a very real threat in front of goal. We expect the Islanders to come out strongly with this potentially being their last home game of the season, so backing Palmieri to have a handful of shots on goal will be our play.

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