Best player prop bets for Thursday's NHL slate: Nylander and Toronto can clinch

Toronto won seven of 10 meetings with Montreal in the regular season.
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We’ve got a two-game slate for Thursday’s NHL card, but there are still plenty of opportunities to find some 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.

William Nylander Over 0.5 Points (-168)

Toronto is searching for the series-clinching win over Montreal and William Nylander has been having a great series. He has recorded at least one point in all four games and we think it is likely he will grab another in this elimination game. Four of his five points have been goals, so he should have plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net. Either that or he can set up a goal for someone like Auston Matthews, who has not been as big as a factor this series as most would have thought.

Because Nylander is red hot and Matthews is having a bit of a down series, backing the former to record a single point will be our top play. The juice on this prop is a bit steep, but the Maple Leafs need all the offense they can get and Nylander has yet to be held scoreless.

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

Roman Josi Over 3 Shots on Goal (+108)

The Nashville Predators know they are in a must-win situation against the Carolina Hurricanes, making this play on Roman Josi look pretty good. This is a play we have already visited during this series and we again expect Josi to have plenty of shots on goal tonight. Josi has 23 shots on goal through the first five games, an average of 4.6 per game. He has cashed this prop in three of the five games, while also pushing in one game. The only game where he did not have at least three shots on goal was Game 1. The Predators are going to need an attacking presence tonight if they are going to force a Game 7 and Josi looks like the perfect option.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators

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