Best player prop bets for Sunday's NHL slate: Elite defensemen should continue to produce
There are 5 games on Sunday’s NHL slate, we’re going to take a deeper dive into 2 of the matchups and choose 2 player props we think will provide good value and have a great chance of hitting. Games are starting at 1pm ET and the final game of the night starts at 9pm ET. We’re taking a look at two defencemen tonight, Dougie Hamilton and Adam Fox both key players for their respective clubs.
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Dougie Hamilton over 0.5 points (-118)
Dougie Hamilton has had a great start to the season with his new team. After signing a monster deal in the offseason, making him one of the highest-paid defencemen in the league, he’s certainly living up to that contract through the first 6 games. The Devils have started the season 4-2-0 and a large contributor to that record is having Hamilton on the backend defensively and quarterbacking their powerplay. He has 5 points to start the season, averaging more than 23 minutes of ice time a game, including more than 3 minutes on the powerplay per game. In the process, he’s generated 19 shots on goal and has been a consistent offensive threat through six games of the season.
Hamilton has recorded a point in 4 of 6 games this season. Additionally, their opponent tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets allow almost 10 penalty minutes a game and their penalty-kill operates at only 75%. They allow just under 3 goals per game. Hamilton drives most of this team’s offense from the backend, take him to get a point tonight.
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Adam Fox over 0.5 points (-125)
Last year’s Norris Trophy winner is off to another incredible start to the season. He’s leading his team in scoring with 8 points in 8 games. This is a team consisting of Artemi Panarin, a potential 100-point scorer, Mika Zibanejad, a 40-goal scorer, and Alexis Lafreniere, the first overall pick. This team is stacked with elite offensive players, and a defenceman is leading their team in scoring, he’s that good. In 8 games he’s gone pointless in only 2 of them, he’s a consistent threat to produce offense. Against a Seattle Kraken team, there could be a lot of offensive chances. The Kraken allow more than 3 goals per game and are taking the highest number of penalty minutes in the league; 15.2 minutes a game.
Fox is averaging just under 25 minutes of ice time a night, and he’s averaging four and a half minutes on the powerplay. If Seattle continues taking penalties, Fox and the Rangers will have plenty of chances to score. Take Fox to get a point tonight.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for the New York Rangers vs. Seattle Kraken.