Today's best NHL prop bet picks & predictions Sunday 10/29: Nathan MacKinnon piles on points

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Today’s NHL slate provides us with just 4 matchups, as Sundays are generally on the slow side while the NFL season is still in full swing. Even still, we have early afternoon action, so we won’t have to wait long for the first puck drop. We also know that fewer games means there is a chance that there aren’t many of the punk lines, money lines or totals that are catching your eye. Therefore, I’ve picked out my favorite NHL player prop picks for today.

Along with our best NHL player props, be sure to check out all of our NHL picks for today’s action.

Nathan MacKinnon over 1.5 points (-105)

With an early afternoon game featuring a Colorado Avalanche team that just suffered their first loss after starting 6-0-0, there was no way I wasn’t going to make it my first target. Nathan MacKinnon and company will still be on the road, but they’re facing a Buffalo Sabres team sitting at the very bottom of the Atlantic Division. That’s in large part to them having already had 3 different starting goaltenders, and the leader in that regard is a 21-year-old in Devon Levi. 

That’s dangerous when facing a team with the firepower of the Avs, which includes Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen alongside MacKinnon. Rantanen came through for us last week, and I’m trusting MacKinnon this time. He led Colorado in points against Buffalo last season, and he played them only once. He had a ridiculous 5-point game, and he also had 8 shots on goal in that contest. I generally prefer that market when he’s on home ice, so I’m going to go with multiple points from the Avs superstar tonight.   

Over 1.5 points (-105) available at time of publishing. Playable to -120.

Jack Hughes over 3.5 shots on goal (-145)

While I’m not focusing on shots on goal when it comes to MacKinnon, I am when it comes to the New Jersey Devils young superstar. At just 22 years old, Jack Hughes looks to be on the same trajectory as MacKinnon, as he’s coming off an incredible 99-point season. He’ll be sure to come through for our prop picks with multiple points throughout the season, but this is a prime matchup to target his shots on goal. His 30 on the year so far puts him among the league leaders, and he’ll be on home ice against the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild have allowed the 3rd-most shots per game, and Hughes has already proved that he can take advantage of that. When he last faced Minnesota — which was also at home — he had a ridiculous 10 shots on goal. That was when the Wild were more middle of the pack when it came to shots allowed per game, so given their start to this year, that spells another huge night for Hughes. We may not see double-digit shots again, but I’m confident he can hit at least 4 tonight.

Over 3.5 shots on goal (-145) available at time of publishing. Playable to -160.

You can also read our NHL mega parlay for Sunday’s slate

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