Today's Best NHL Prop Bet Picks & Predictions Thursday 10/26: Nikita Kucherov sinks the Sharks

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After Tuesday night’s Frozen Frenzy where we saw all 32 teams in action with 102 goals scored by 93 different skaters, we had a bit of a chill night last night with just the lone game on the ice. We don’t have to wait long for things to get going once again, as tonight features 24 teams lacing up their skates. That’s plenty of games to break down, but we’ve done just that and come up with our favorites spots in terms of player props. Along with our best NHL player props, be sure to check out all of our NHL picks for today’s action.

Nikita Kucherov over 1.5 points (+100)

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t gotten off to the best start for a team that’s been to 3 of the last 4 Stanley Cup Finals, but they’re coming off an impressive shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Now, they get to remain at home to take on a San Jose Sharks team that is 0-5-1 to start the season. That’s great news for the Lightning as a whole, so of course that means we’re anticipating a strong night from former MVP Nikita Kucherov.

Even when he’s facing the league’s best competition, Kucherov is a stud, so there’s no reason not to expect more of the same. He began the year with back-to-back multi-point games, and he’s done the same in each of Tampa’s most recent two matchups. Three of those four contests also came at home, so that also supports our play. The primary reason for San Jose’s struggles last season was goaltending, and it hasn’t improved so far this year. After allowing the 3rd-most goals per game in 2022/23, they’re allowing the 6th-most so far this season. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Kucherov has had multiple points in 2 of his last 3 games against the Sharks. With that in mind, we expect another game with a similar box score.  

Over 1.5 points (+100) available at time of publishing. Playable to -120.

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Elias Lindholm over 0.5 assists (+105)

The Calgary Flames continue to be one of the most difficult teams in the NHL to get a read on, so rather than trusting them as a whole, we’re going to focus on just Elias Lindholm. He was the third piece of the trip featuring Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau before they left town, and he still has a solid duo alongside him with Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Huberdeau. Having those skaters provides him with others to feed assists to, not to mention Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman.

Of Lindholm’s 6 points on the year thus far, 4 have been assists. He started out the year strong with three assists through the first 2 games, and now facing the St. Louis Blues, he can get back to that type of form. After beginning the year with 2 low-scoring games, the Blues are beginning to revert back to their 2022/23 form, where they allowed the 6th-most goals per game. They recently allowed 6 goals to the Arizona Coyotes on home ice and are coming off a road loss in which they allowed 4 more goals to the Winnipeg Jets. Lindholm has had 2 assists in 2 of his last 3 games against St. Louis, and we only need 1 from him tonight to cash a plus-money prop bet.

Over 0.5 assists (+105) available at time of publishing. Playable to -115.

Get our St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames predictions for tonight’s matchup

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