Today's best NHL prop bet picks & predictions, Wednesday 11/1: Big names bring big performances

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There are 4 games on tonight’s NHL slate highlighted by two nationally televised games. Airing on TNT will be the Sabres visiting the Flyers at 7:00 pm ET followed by the Blues visiting the Avalanche at 9:30 pm ET. Mix in Stars vs Flames and Coyotes vs Ducks, and all of a sudden this isn’t a bad Wednesday night before a huge 12-game slate on Thursday. Hopefully after dinner, you can enjoy the rest of the night watching these 8 teams battle. You can also find out our NHL predictions for today’s slate, but for now, let’s dive into our best NHL prop bets.

Jamie Benn over 0.5 points (-105)

The Stars have played the fewest number of games in the NHL entering tonight. But at 5-1-1, they have the league’s 3rd-best point percentage. Dallas has plain gotten the job done early on and they get a favorable matchup tonight. The Flames are 2-6-1 with the NHL’s 2nd-lowest point percentage and have allowed the 5th-most goals per game. The Stars have a good opportunity to feast against this Flames team. If they do, look for Jamie Benn to be in the mix offensively.

Benn has 6 points in 7 games which is good for tied-2nd on the team. Despite nearly a point-per-game average, he nearly has plus-money odds to tally a point. Odds of -105 are solid value for a seasoned veteran on the 2nd line and top power play to log a point, especially against a spiraling team. The Stars should run up the score tonight and don’t be surprised to see Benn be a contributor.

Read our full Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames predictions

Mikko Rantanen over 0.5 goals (-135)

The Avalanche spent last season riddled with injuries and ultimately got bounced in the first round of the playoffs. But this season, they look healthy and fully back. A big reason for their 6-2-0 record and 3.38 goals scored per game average is Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen’s 55 goals and 105 points last year were career highs by far. He seems to be picking up right where he left off as he has 5 goals and 12 points through 8 games.

In 4 games against the Blues last season, Rantanen logged 5 goals and 8 points. The Blues were abysmal on the defensive side of the puck last year. They looked to have made improvements early on, but when they lose, they lose big. In their 3 regulation losses, the Blues have allowed a total of 15 goals for an average of 5 goals allowed per game. Colorado is plain the better team in this game. They should be able to take care of business and if they do, Rantanen has a good chance to pad his numbers in a rout.

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