Best player prop bets for Tuesday's NHL slate: Backstrom aims to help Washington climb out of slump

Jan 28, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) stars on the ice during warm ups prior to the Capitals' game against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena.
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After the slate on Monday ended up being eight games due to postponements, we are back on Tuesday for just a five-game schedule. 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.

Nicklas Backstrom Over 0.5 points (-166)

The Washington Capitals are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, however they have guys like Nicklas Backstrom, who continue to produce. Backstrom leads this Washington team with 18 points, including 11 assists and seven goals. He has had at least one point in the last three games, and we like him to continue that production here. The Capitals and Penguins have played three times this season and there has been an average of 8.33 goals in these games combined. Therefore, there should be ample opportunity for Backstrom to make his presence known and for Washington’s offense to get back on track.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Max Pacioretty Over 3.5 shots on goal (-144)

Vegas is coming off a measly 1-0 win against this same Colorado team and will look to play better on Tuesday night. While normally we immediately would look for a Mark Stone prop, tonight we are taking a slightly different approach. We will be looking for the Golden Knights leading scorer, Max Pacioretty to fire several shots on goal. He is the leading shot taker on Vegas, averaging 4.1 shots on goal per game. In the game the other day, Pacioretty had four shots on goal and that is considering his team ended with just one goal. Pacioretty actually scored the winning goal against Colorado, so we like him to bring the same intensity to try and trouble the Avalanche goalie.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights.

Anze Kopitar Over 0.5 assists (-102)

For as bad as the Los Angeles Kings have been this season, they still have one of the best players in terms of assists in the NHL. That player being Anze Kopitar, who sits in seventh place in the NHL with 13 assists. This obviously leads the Kings in this category. Kopitar has had at least one assist in eight of the Kings’ 13 games this season. In three games against the Wild this season, Kopitar has had four assists, so we like his chances to increase that number here on Tuesday. Also, the Kings have had about five days off due to a postponed game, so we expect them to be well rested, which we believe will help Kopitar find at least one assist.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings.

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