Best player prop bets for Wednesday's NHL Slate: Pastrnak set to trouble the Rangers' goalie

Aug 29, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (88) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game four of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena.
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After a seven-game slate on Tuesday, we are in store for only two games on Wednesday. The action starts at 7:00 p.m. with the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. This game is followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 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.

David Pastrnak Over 4 Shots on Goal (-114)

Since David Pastrnak rejoined Boston at the end of January, the Bruins are looking like a much better team. They are 3-1-0 in the four games Pastrnak has played in and are currently riding a three-game win streak. Pastrnak has a total of eight points this season. Five of those have been goals and three have been assists.

For Wednesday’s game however, we are going to look for Pastrnak to put some shots on goal instead. Again, he has played just four games and already has 22 shots on goal. He is averaging 5.5 shots on goal per game and has surpassed this prop total in three of the four games he has played. The only game Pastrnak did not take four shots or more was this past Friday, where he had three. This number may seem like a lot, but Pastrnak has proven to be one of Boston’s best weapons offensively. For that reason, we like him to have at least four shots.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers.

Auston Matthews Over 0.5 Goals (+116)

Auston Matthews came through for us the other night by scoring and there is reason believe he can continue scoring here. Matthews now has 11 goals through 12 games, easily leading the NHL in this category. He has now scored at least one goal in nine games this season and seven games in a row. He is averaging 4.33 shots on goal per game, so it is not like he is not getting chances to score every game. The Maple Leafs are playing the Canadiens in this game and they are allowing 3.00 goals per game. In the first meeting between these two teams, Toronto won 5-4. Matthews did not score in this game, however, this was the first game of the season. Until Matthews finally lets us down and because this prop is still sitting at plus money, we are going to back another goal from Matthews.

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

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