Best player prop bets for Thursday's NHL slate: Crosby to handle the Flyers
We’ve got a nine-game slate for Thursday’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 (-154)
Back to the well we go as T.J. Oshie is on our radar tonight. We have already cashed plenty of tickets with Oshie with point props and needing just one point tonight, that is where we will be looking. Plus, the Capitals are playing Buffalo, who is the worst team in the NHL. Oshie now has 34 points on the season. While that is still fourth best on the team, his recent production would suggest he could be effective tonight. That being the fact that Oshie has 10 points in his last 10 games. Most recently was a game against this Buffalo team where he had an assist. In seven games against Buffalo, Oshie has eight points. This includes at least one point in each of the last five games. For that reason, we like him to score a point tonight.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Buffalo Sabres vs. Washington Capitals.
Matthew Barzal Over 2 Shots on Goal (-160)
We do not always back the Islanders given that they do not always have a superstar player, however, we like them tonight to take advantage of the Bruins. The player in focus will be Matthew Barzal. He is leading the team in points with 37. He is also leading the team in shots on goal with 112. That averages out to 2.67 shots on goal per game and where we are going to look tonight. Barzal has had two or more shots on goal in the last six games, averaging 4.16 shots per game during this stretch. It also helps that the starting goalie for Boston is questionable. Given the fact that Barzal has been shooting more often recently, we like him to at the very least have two shots on goal tonight.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins.
Sidney Crosby Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-136)
It is hard to not mention Sidney Crosby when talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has been so good for them and nothing will change here as we are prepared to back him tonight. Crosby leads the team with 48 points, however shots on goal will be the focus. He also leads the team in this category, posting 124 shots on goal this season. That averages to 3.02 shots per game. Crosby has cashed this prop in five straight games, which is why we like it tonight. Against the Flyers, Crosby is averaging 3.5 shots on goal per game, therefore we will be backing this over.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.