Best player props for Friday's NHL slate: Two Russian wingers hoping for big contributions

There are six games on Friday’s NHL slate. We’re going to take a deeper dive into two of the matchups and choose two player props we think will provide good value and will have a great chance of hitting. Games are starting at 7pm ET and the final game of the night starts at 8:30 pm ET. Two Russian wingers who are performing very differently will try to contribute for their teams tonight. Alex Ovechkin looks to continue his dominance while Artemi Panarin is hoping to turn on the jets.

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Alex Ovechkin over 1.5 points (+135)

After 7 games, Ovechkin is tied for second in league scoring with 13 points. He’s been on fire to start the season and is defying all hockey logic by getting better as he enters his late 30s. Going up against the Arizona Coyotes, over 1.5 points provides great value for bettors here. The Yotes have been the worst team in the league to start the season, still without a win through their first 7 games. During that stretch, they’ve allowed 35 goals, which is 4.86 goals per game. Expect the Capitals to come out firing in this game, they look like one of the better teams in the league and are being led by their captain in almost all departments.

Ovi has at least 2 points in 3 of the last 4 games played, and against weaker opponent he’s likely to capitalize and extend his point streak to 8 games. He has recorded a point in every game this season. Take Ovechkin to get 1.5 points tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the Arizona Coyotes vs. Washington Capitals

Artemi Panarin over 0.5 goals (+165)

This prop bet is a little riskier, but it still has a solid chance of hitting. Panarin has had a slow start to the season through 7 games; slow by Panarin’s standards, anyway. He has just 4 points and 1 goal during that stretch but this could be the game he turns it around. He’s going up against his former team tonight in the Blue Jackets and he’s fared well against them in previous years. In 7 career games against the Jackets, he’s scored 5 goals. He’s probably had this game circled on his calendar this season and he’ll be looking to put on a show.

Despite his slow start to the season, he’s still one of the best wingers in hockey and he’ll likely end the season as a point-per-game player. Hockey players often play well against their former teams. Think Jesperi Kotkaniemi against the Canadiens this season — he scored his first and only goal against his former team. Take Panarin to get a goal tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers.

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