Best player prop bets for Thursday's NHL slate: Crosby can continue to dominate New Jersey

Mar 9, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the third period at PPG Paints Arena.
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Matthew Lowrimore

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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 10-game slate for Thursday’s NHL card, which 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.

Jonathan Huberdeau Over 0.5 Assists (+108)

Tonight we have a crucial game in terms of the Central Division. The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes are essentially tied for first and are both playing fantastic hockey. With first place on the line, it is only fitting that we look to one of the best players for this Florida team. That being Jonathan Huberdeau. He leads the team in points with 49 and assists with 33. Assists is actually where we are looking tonight given he has five of them in the last five games. His most recent game saw him have two assists, therefore at plus money, taking this over will be our play.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers.

Sidney Crosby Over 3 Shots on Goal (+114)

Big surprise here as we will look to back Sidney Crosby once again tonight. He cashed a prop for us the other night against this same New Jersey team and will look to do the same here. Shots on goal will be the focus tonight, something Crosby is used to doing. He has 137 shots on goal for the season, which clearly leads Pittsburgh. That also averages out to 3.04 shots on goal per game. It also helps that Crosby has had plenty of success against New Jersey. In six games against them, he is averaging 4.5 shots on goal per game and has 27 total. He has cashed this prop in four of the six games against New Jersey with the other two games being pushes. For that reason, we will back him to have at least three shots on goal tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New Jersey Devils vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mark Scheifele Over 2 Shots on Goal (-110)

Tonight we have a Heavyweight matchup between the top two teams in the North Division. Toronto holds a slim lead of four points, and with a win could start to lock down the division. Even though Toronto is in a good spot and we do believe they will ultimately win this game, we are going to back a Winnipeg player for our prop. The player in focus will Mark Scheifele. He is one of the do it all type of guys for the Jets, posting 52 points on the season so far. He leads the team with 52 points, and is pretty much is always involved. That also includes his shots on goal, which is where we are looking tonight. Scheifele has 99 shots on goal this season, which averages out to 2.2 shots per game. Though in seven games against the Maple Leafs, Scheifele is averaging 3.8 shots on goal per game and has cashed this prop four times with one push. We also like there to be a ton of goals, which translates to a lot of shots.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets.

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