Today's Best NHL Prop bet picks & Predictions Thursday 10/12: Jack Hughes starts out hot
Wednesdays are traditionally the biggest hockey night during the week, and we had a solid 6-game slate last night. However, this first week of the season is unique, so we don’t have to wait at all for another full night of action. We have 7 games on deck, including several teams that have yet to take the ice. That means you may want to see how they look before you make any plays on winners, so we’ve provided our best NHL player props for today as an alternative approach. Along with our best NHL player props, be sure to check out all of our NHL picks for today’s action.
Jack Hughes over 1.5 points (+155)
We hit our first plus-money play of the season with William Nylander’s goal last night, and we have two more such plays tonight. This time, we’re focused on multiple points from two of the young stars in the league, the first of which is Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils. They’re the biggest favorites of the entire night, so this is a much more valuable way to attack their matchup. Hughes is coming off a season in which he recorded 99 points as a 21-year-old and came through for us multiple times with this prop.
If not for missing a handful of games, he certainly would have broken that century mark. Regardless, we expect him to do so this season, and starting out against the Detroit Red Wings at home is the perfect way to do so. The Wings have been one of the worst goaltending teams in recent years. Across the past 2 seasons, they’ve allowed the 6th-most goals per game, so it’s no surprise Hughes has carved them up. In each of his last 2 games against Detroit, he’s scored multiple points, and we expect the trend to continue tonight.
Over 1.5 points (+155) available at time of publishing. Playable to +130.
Read our full Detroit Red Wings vs New Jersey Devils predictions
Jason Robertson over 1.5 points (+145)
Another young skater who came through for us several times last season is Jason Robertson of the Dallas Stars. They are yet another heavy home favorite, so again, this is a much more valuable approach to the matchup. Dallas is hosting the St. Louis Blues, who experienced a major drop-off last season. That was primarily due to the very poor goaltending of Jordan Binnington. Given they were quickly out of playoff contention, they were also major sellers at the trade deadline.
It was also quite puzzling to see the Blues not address the fact that they allowed the 6th-most goals per game last season and add a goaltender over the offseason. Instead, they’re still putting Binnington between the pipes. The Stars were in St. Louis at the tail end of last season, and we saw Robertson record 3 assists. We’re expecting more of his usual type of night, which is a goal and an assist. It doesn’t matter how he gets it done, but if you want to add a goalscorer prop to your card tonight, we wouldn’t be opposed to that either. However, our official play is on Robertson to record multiple points.
Over 1.5 points (+145) available at time of publishing. Playable to +120.
This matchup features in our NHL mega parlay for tonight at +928 odds