Best player props for Saturday's NHL slate: Matthews and the Maple Leafs hit the ice after 2 weeks
There are nine games on Saturday night, the first day with no postponements. 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 1:00 pm ET and the final game of the night starts at 10:30 pm ET.
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Auston Matthews over 0.5 goals (-115)
This is the first game back for Matthews and the Maple Leafs in more than two weeks. Despite most of the team contracting Covid-19, Matthews has been on the ice since Day 1 of the new training camp and I don’t see him being too fatigued with the stoppage of play. Through 27 games, he’s gathered 20 goals. In 9 of his last ten games, he’s recorded at least one goal per game; he has 13 goals in that 10 game stretch. He was on absolute fire before the two-week hiatus and will be looking to carry that into the New Year.
Matthews loves playing the Senators. They’re the team that he scored four goals on in his first NHL game, and in 24 total games against them, he has 23 goals. All he does is score goals when the Leafs play Ottawa. Mitch Marner has confirmed his return for tonight, it’s his first game in over a month. With one of the best passers in the game back on Matthews’ wing, expect a lot of chances for Auston tonight. Take him to record a goal.
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Travis Konecny over 0.5 points (-115)
Travis Konecny is currently riding a three-game point scoring streak. He has four assists in those three games. Over his last seven games, he has seven points. It has not been the best season for him from an offensive perspective, but he is picking it up as of late. He is slotted to play on the third line, alongside Morgan Frost and Oskar Lindblom. This line has been on fire as of late and were responsible for both of the Flyers goals in their last game. Konecny is still slotted in on the top powerplay unit, so that should give him some good exposure to recording a point. The Los Angeles Kings penalty killing unit is among the worst in the league, so a powerplay point for Konecny is likely. With the books offering just about even money for a player who is averaging a point per game over his last seven games is difficult to pass up. The Flyers have not matched up against the Kings since the 2019-2020 season. They met twice in the covid-shortened season and Konecny recorded three points in those two meetings. Take Konecny to record a point tonight against the Kings.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for the Philadelphia Flyers vs. LA Kings