Best player prop bets for Sunday's NHL slate: Kaprizov to give Minnesota a chance

May 7, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) looks on during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center.
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Matthew Lowrimore

NHL· 5 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.

We’ve got a four-game slate for Sunday’s NHL card, but there’s 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.

Kirill Kaprizov Over 3 Shots on Goal (+114)

An interesting playoff series in the West kicks off tonight as the Minnesota Wild will take on the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas has the team to go far in this years’ playoffs, but Minnesota has some sneaky good talent. They are led by Kirill Kaprizov, who we will be looking to back tonight. Not even to score a point either, we will be looking for him to take shots on goal. Kaprizov has 157 shots on goal this season, the second most for his team. He has especially fared well against the Golden Knights, posting 33 shots on goal in their eight head to head games. He is averaging 4.13 shots on goal against Vegas and has cashed this prop in sox of the eight games with one push as well. For that reason, we will back him to have at least three shots on goal in game one.

Aleksander Barkov Over 0.5 Points (-180)

Tonight in game one, we are going to back a guy for Florida who has become one of their best players. That being Aleksander Barkov. He had 58 points this season, and lead the team with 26 goals. He has 32 assists to go along with the goals, so he can make plays all over the ice. In eight head to head meetings with Tampa Bay this season, Barkov has cashed this prop in six games. He also has a total of eight points against the Lightning, so he is still averaging about one point per game against them. This is a high price, but the Panthers are going to have to find offense somewhere, and Barkov is perfect player to provide a spark.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers.

Johnny Gaudreau Over 1 Point (+142)

This is a weird situation where the playoffs have started, but these two teams are finishing up their regular season games. Likely because of the amount of postponements they have had this year. Regardless, we will see two teams just playing for pride at this point and trying to avoid coming in last in the North Division. Here we are going to go with Johnny Gaudreau, who did well to cash a prop for us the other day. He is second on his team with 44 points and has scored at least one point in six of the seven games against Vancouver. Having just scored two points against the Canucks, we are going back to him here at plus money to find some offensive production.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks.

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