Best player props for Friday's NHL slate: Rantanen is playing his best hockey of the season

There are only 2 games on Wednesday’s NHL slate. We’re going to take a deeper dive into a player prop that we think will provide good value and has a great chance of hitting. The games are starting a little later tonight with both contests starting at 10pm ET.

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Mikko Rantanen over 1.5 points (+130)

The Seattle Kraken just doesn’t have a top line that can compete with high-end talent. Even without Nathan MacKinnon in the lineup, Mikko Rantanen is one of the best players in the world and should be able to walk away with a 2-point game tonight. He has 6 points in his last 3 games and has 11 points in 10 games this season. This is the first time the Kraken and Avalanche have played, so there’s an unknown element heading into the matchup, but the Avs are currently on a 3-game win streak and have looked like a more competitive team over the last week. Missing MacKinnon as his centreman is a tough bounce for Mikko, but it seems that the more responsibility he’s been given on the top line has helped him in many ways. In his most recent game, he had a goal and 2 assists.

He’s averaged 3:47 minutes of power play time a night this season and the Kraken are currently allowing the fourth-most penalty minutes per game, with more than 5 minors per game. The Avalanche are averaging the third-most goals per game this season, and their first line has been a major contributor to that. Since MacKinnon has been injured, the top line has combined for 12 points in 3 games. Seattle will have a difficult timeline matching against the Avs tonight, so take Rantanen to get over 1.5 points.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the Colorado Avalanche vs. Seattle Kraken

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