Today's best NHL prop bet picks & predictions, Tuesday 12/5: Bona fide superstars carry value

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This week in the NHL got off to a great start last night with some fantastic games, including 3 nail-biters that all ended 2-1. Tuesday’s 8 games are set up to bring yet another great night of hockey. It is far from crunch time of the regular season, but it is getting late early for teams like the Senators, Sabres and Devils. Each of those teams entered the season with high expectations, but have underwhelmed and currently sit outside the playoffs in a loaded Eastern Conference. They, along with a few other teams, have their work cut out for them in what should be an entertaining Tuesday night in the NHL. You can also find out our NHL predictions for both games today, as well as our NHL mega parlay at +1066 odds, but for now, let’s dive into my best NHL prop bets.

Jack Hughes over 0.5 goals (+105)

As mentioned, things have not been pretty for the Devils. They are 4-7-0 in their last 11 games and 6 of those 7 losses were by 2+ goals. Their 23 points have the Devils 5 spots out of a playoff spot in an extremely competitive Eastern Conference. With this in mind, expect the Devils to come out with a little extra jam to break out of this rut.

In a game where a talented team like the Devils should come out with added urgency, look for their superstars to lead the way. Jack Hughes has tried to do his part lately. He has a current 4-game point streak and 3-game goal streak with 8 points over that span. Hughes is playing great hockey and trying to will his team to a badly needed victory. Tuesday should be no different as New Jersey plays a very difficult Vancouver team. Look for Jack Hughes to get more ice time than usual and give an even better effort.

Read our full New Jersey Devils vs Vancouver Canucks predictions

Nathan MacKinnon over 1.5 points (-130)

The Avalanche sit atop the Central division and 3rd in the Western Conference. They enter Tuesday having gone 0-1-2 in their last 3 games. While that is hardly cause for concern, Colorado should come out looking to end this winless run. In doing so, this is another situation in which the team’s superstars will likely shoulder the weight of the team en route to collecting 2 points.

The Avalanche currently score the 5th-most goals per game in the NHL. Nathan MacKinnon has tallied 31 points in 24 games played. While that is tied-2nd on a stacked team, he is, for all intents and purposes, the heartbeat of the Avalanche. He leads all forwards in average time on ice with 22:21 played per game. At any time, MacKinnon is likely on the ice with some combination of Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar among other talented teammates. MacKinnon should have ample opportunity to produce against a weaker team while Colorado looks to get back in the win column.

Read our full Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche predictions

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