Best player prop bets for Thursday's NHL slate: DeBrincat to play spoiler

Mar 5, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) shoots and scores against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at United Center.
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We’ve got a six-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.

Alex DeBrincat Over 0.5 Points (-146)

The Chicago Blackhawks will not be making the playoffs this season, but have the chance to delay the Carolina Hurricanes from winning the Central Division tonight. Here we will look to focus on a Chicago player, who has been one of the top guys all season. That player being Alex DeBrincat. He is second on the team with 51 points, but leads the team with 28 goals. DeBrincat will likely want to reach that 30 goal mark on the season, however, he is just as good at assisting. In seven games this season against Carolina, DeBrincat has at least one point in six of these games. For that reason, we like him to score at least one point tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Chicago Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes.

Sidney Crosby Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-130)

The Penguins are in a deadlock for first place in the East Division and with only a few games remaining, it is crucial that they win games against teams like Buffalo. Obviously, backing Sidney Crosby will be our play tonight, but we will be looking at a shots on goal prop. Crosby leads the team with 156 shots on goal, an average of 2.94 shots on goal per game. In six games against the Sabres, Crosby is averaging 3.0 shots on goal and has cashed this prop three times. He is coming off a game with two goals and four shots on goal against Philadelphia, so against a weaker team like Buffalo, we will be backing him to have at least three shots on goal.

Jeff Petry Over 0.5 Points (+100)

The Montreal Canadiens have clinched a playoff spot in the North Division, but a recent loss to Ottawa does not give much confidence they will be a threat come the postseason. Though they will have the chance to take down the top team in the division tonight. That will only delay the division title for the Maple Leafs though as they have a six point lead. We actually went to Jeff Petry last night to record over two shots on goal, which he ended up with exactly two, so tonight we will take a different angle. Petry is second on this team in points with 40. He has 28 assists and 12 goals, proving he can do both well. In eight games against Toronto, Petry has eight points, which is why we will be backing him tonight to have at least one.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs.

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