If you’re not a fan of betting sides or spreads, prop bets are a great alternative. Today, we’ll focus on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which have four games on tap.
Noah Hanifin Over 2.5 Shots -102 (FanDuel)
Over Calgary’s last 11 games (including Game 1 against Dallas), Noah Hanifin leads the Flames in shots attempts with 63. Not Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm or Tyler Toffoli. It’s Noah Hanifin. The defenceman had a team-high six shot attempts in Game 1 versus the Stars and led the team with four shots on net. Calgary is one of the best offensive teams in the NHL and is averaging 36 shots on goal in their last 10 games at the Saddledome. Ride with Hanifin in his prime matchup.
Nathan MacKinnon Anytime Goal +116 (FanDuel)
It was a one-sided affair in Game 1 between the Avalanche and the Predators with Colorado winning 7-2. I’m expecting much of the same in Game 2. A lot of this prop comes down to Nashville’s goaltending. Game 1 starter David Rittich lasted just 15 minutes, getting the hook after allowing five goals on 13 shots. Connor Ingram, was much better in relief, making 30 saves, but is an unproven rookie that could be making his first post-season start.
This sets up well for MacKinnon who had two goals on nine shot attempts in the series opener. Because of the blowout, his time on ice was just 17:20, but MacKinnon is normally someone that pushes 20+ minutes on the regular. Add to the fact that Nashville took the most penalties (284) in the NHL this regular season and there will be plenty of chances for the Colorado star to light the lamp.
Roman Josi Over 3.5 Shots +110 (Bet365)
On the flip side of this Colorado-Nashville game is Predators defenceman Roman Josi. The beautiful thing about Josi is that he’s going to shoot the puck whether his team is in a game or out of a game. The blueliner played 24 minutes in Game 1 and had seven shot attempts, five of them on target. While the Avs are a strong team overall, they are a high event squad. In their final 25 games of the regular season, Colorado allowed 34 shots on goal per game. Win or lose, Josi’s going to get his for Nashville.
Chris Kreider Anytime Goal +132 (Bet365)
After playing over 30 minutes of hockey in the opener, I’m hoping Kreider has enough juice in the tank for Game 2 after a day off. Even if he’s not fully recovered, he and the rest of the Rangers get the benefit of facing Penguins third-string goalie Louis Domingue. The 30-year-old journeyman and food lover, is a serviceable backup, but not exactly a world beater. Kreider already scored in the opener against a better netminder in Casey DeSmith and had 52 goals during the regular season. I’m expecting the Rangers to bounce back and for Kreider to be a big part of it.