Best player prop bets for Thursday's NHL Slate: Rust to keep the shots coming

Feb 1, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 01, 2021 in New York City.
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Matthew Lowrimore

NHL · 1 year ago

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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.

After a five-game slate on Wednesday, we are in store for a nine-game schedule on Thursday night. The action starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here we are going to focus on the player props and will be looking for guys to step up for their teams. Make sure you also check out our picks on the side and total for every game as well.

Auston Matthews Over 0.5 Goals (-118)

Dare we back another goal from the top scorer in the NHL? The short answer is yes as we believe Auston Matthews has another great opportunity to score on Ottawa. He scored in Wednesday night’s game pretty early, yet Toronto only managed to muster two goals. In the game tonight, we are expecting several more goals and who better than Matthews to provide some scoring. Remember, Matthews now has 14 goals to lead the NHL and given the opponent tonight, we will back him to keep his scoring streak rolling.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs.

Patrice Bergeron Over 1 Point (+120)

The Boston Bruins get set to host the New Jersey Devils and tonight we are going to back one of Boston’s best players. The Bruins actually have several guys worthy of this prop play, but Patrice Bergeron stands out in this situation. He is tied for the lead on the Bruins with 18 total points. He has 11 assists and seven goals, so there is a good chance that he will grab at least one of these. Bergeron has had at least two points in five games this season, and has a total of nine games with at least one point. So, it is likely that this prop will end as a push, however, with the plus money, we are going to back Bergeron to grab more than one point against this New Jersey team.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins.

Bryan Rust Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-132)

Instead of backing a player to score or assist in this game, we are instead going to look at a shots on goal prop. A player that stands out in this category is Bryan Rust. He leads the Pittsburgh Penguins with 55 shots on goal this season. In 14 games, this averages out to 3.9 shots on goal per game. Secondly, Rust has cashed this prop in four straight games, including both games against the New York Islanders. In fact, he is averaging 7.0 shots on goal in two games against the Islanders this season. Overall, Rust has cashed this prop in nine games this season, so we like for him to fire a flurry of shots on the Islanders’ goalie and keep this streak going strong.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

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