Best player prop bets for Sunday's NHL slate: Rantanen to keep Colorado first in West

Jan 15, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) warms up before the game against the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena.
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Matthew has been with Pickswise for a while now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passions are college football and UFC, and those are the sports 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 put in the research to try and achieve this.

We’ve got a seven-game slate for Sunday’s NHL card, and that means there are plenty of opportunities for 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.

T.J. Oshie Over 0.5 Points (-102)

Looking to the Washington Capitals has recently become a solid play in the prop market. Especially T.J. Oshie, who has been providing offense for his team quite often as of late. Oshie might only be fourth on the team with 30 total points, but he has 10 points in the last nine games. Oshie also recently had a goal against the Bruins, so we like his chances here to help Washington offensively. Being that we are getting near even money, backing his over will be our play.

Max Pacioretty Over 0.5 Points (-178)

Right away, it is worth mentioning that this is a steep price. Though at the same time, it is justified by the fact that we will be backing one of Vegas’ best players. This is of course is Max Pacioretty. He leads the Golden Knights with 19 goals. He also has added 17 assists for a total of 36 points. This is second best on the team behind only Mark Stone. Vegas just beat Arizona 7-4 and Pacioretty had two points. He has three points in his last three games as well, suggesting he is likely going to start a stretch of offensive production. Given the fact that we already like Vegas to win, backing their best goal scorer to provide a spark will be our play.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights. 

Mikko Rantanen Over 1 Point (-114)

The first place team in the West Division will take on the Anaheim Ducks here, looking to extend their lead. It is likely they will need a full team effort, despite the fact that the Ducks are not a good team. Tonight we are going to look to back Mikko Rantanen, who is second on the team with 47 points. He is a very balanced player as well, posting 24 assists and a team leading 23 goals. He has had at least one point in five of the last seven games. In two of those games, he had two points or more. Against the Ducks, he had scored at least one point in six of the seven head to head meetings. In two of those games, he had two points, so we like him to find at least one point here.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks.

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