Best player prop bets for Saturday’s NHL slate: Vegas to Stonewall Anaheim

Sep 10, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) screens Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) during the second period in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place.
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Matthew Lowrimore

NHL· 1 year 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.

With every team having played at least one game in this new NHL season, we are going to start to look for consistent play among the teams. Even this early in the season, we will likely be able to determine which guys are in for a great season and which guys are more so a role player. Saturday’s slate is set to start at 1:00 p.m ET. Among the teams playing tonight are the Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights, and Calgary Flames. Here we will look to break down a few player prop bets based on the limited information we have so far.

Let’s take a look at three of the best prop bets for Saturday’s slate of games.

Mark Stone Over 1 Point (+116)

We will start off by going to this Vegas team who plays extremely balanced hockey. They will be facing the Anaheim Ducks again, who they beat 5-2 in the season opener. Not only did Mark Stone score a goal, but he also managed to grab one assist. There is also nothing for Anaheim that would make me believe another blowout is not coming. The Golden Knights actually had 12 different players with one point in that opening game, so it is very likely that Stone will be able to contribute in some way. Also, note that Stone was the only guy who had more than one point the other night. I like the one-point prop because we are getting plus money and will get a push at worst if all he does is score once or assist once.

Leon Draisaitl Over 1 Assist (+122)

Leon Draisaitl must have been rusty on Opening Night where he had just one assist. In Edmonton’s second game, it was a different story, considering he had four points, all coming by means of assists. Here we are going back to him to find his groove again. The Oilers will be playing the Montreal Canadiens, who did not look great defensively in their first game. The Canadiens allowed five goals to Toronto and I would not be surprised if the same did not happen here.

This time, we will be backing the over assists prop because that is clearly what he is best at. Through two games, he has five assists, so getting just one here would give us a push at worst. However, seeing how Draisaitl and Connor McDavid were able to link up in that second game, I think he will find at least two assists here.

Mika Zibanejad Under 1 Point (-106)

Normally, I would look to the over for these types of props, but the New York Rangers showed absolutely nothing in their season opener. By nothing, I mean they got shutout. While I do not expect that to happen again, it is hard to see Mika Zibanejad get involved enough to contribute two points. He did take five shots on goal in that previous meeting, but still could not manage to score. Therefore, at a decent odds, it is worth backing him to do very little against this New York Islanders’ defense. We have the safety net of a push if he manages to score, so that is enough for me to back this under prop.

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