At least five hours of commercial free (we hope) hockey awaits as the NHL drops the puck on its “Frozen Frenzy” concept. While Scott Hanson isn’t joining the program, it’s hard to deny that his version of NFL RedZone wasn’t the inspiration for it. For a league hoping to attract new fans after securing a better TV rights deal a couple of seasons ago, this is a great way to do it.
All 32 teams will be in action with games starting from 6 p.m. ET until 11 p.m. ET. John Buccigross is your host for this evening’s festivities, meaning we’ll need to settle in for endless chicken parm and “cawlidge hockey” talk. With stars all over the ice, we’ll tune into ESPN to see all the big stars, the power play goals, crushing hits and remarkable saves. The fastest sport is catering to the viewer’s short attention spans and picking up the pace even more.
To enjoy the action in the best way possible, it helps to have something to root for. That’s where SuperDraft comes in, giving us plenty of props to choose from across the 16 game slate. Without further ado, we are picking one prop for each game and hoping the cash will be pouring in all night long.
Typically we like to pick props four at a time, so consider this a menu for tonight’s action. SuperDraft users can win 3X the amount wagered if their two-legged player prop parlay hits. If you instead opt for four at a time and they all hit, users will win 10x their entry. In other words, a $20 entry fee will yield a $200 payout. the more legs you add to your player prop parlay, the larger your potential payout becomes, but as the long odds indicate, completing a clean sweep is challenging.
Below, we’ll break down our 16 favorite player props for the NHL’s marquee event with all 32 teams in action.
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Best NHL prop bets: Player prop picks for ‘Frozen Frenzy’
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1. Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Capitals vs. Maple Leafs — OVER 3.5 shots on goal
The Great Eight hasn’t been so great to start his 19th NHL season. He has yet to score a goal in the first four games and hasn’t even recorded a shot in two of them. After ripping five shots on goal in the Caps most recent game, Ovechkin is clearly trying to get off the schneid. With only one win thus far and in the basement of the Eastern Conference, Ovi will be shooting plenty as he continues to track down Wayne Gretzky for most goals in NHL history.
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2. Trevor Zegras, C, Ducks @ Blue Jackets — OVER 2.5 shots on goal
On what should be a fun night with plenty of action, don’t think that these players aren’t preparing to put their best foot forward. For one of the sport’s greatest showman, that means producing some more highlight-reel plays that will have John Buccigross forgetting all about his chicken parm. Whatever Zegras has in his bag of tricks, expect that to be on full display in Columbus, leaving Elvis Merzlikins left to wonder if he’s playing hockey or lacrosse.
3. Alex Tuch, RW, Sabres @ Senators — UNDER 2.5 shots on goal
The Sabres are one of two teams playing on consecutive nights, meaning the dreaded rest concerns come into play now. Just like their NFL counterparts, Buffalo is struggling to find its offense in what has been a tough year for the glorified Canadians disguised as New Yorkers. Tuch is under this number in five of six since the puck dropped on the new NHL season, and on the second half of a back-to-back, we’ll bet that to be six of seven.
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4. Brayden Point, C, Lightning vs. Hurricanes — OVER 2.5 shots on goal
“Frozen Frenzy” would be nothing without a battle between weather. A cold front has swept over the ‘Canes defense this season, allowing a league-most 30 goals in just six games. It’s an unfortunate number that coach Rod Brind’Amour won’t be happy about in relation to his once-dominate defensive group. The Lightning haven’t been much better in their own zone without star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, allowing the second-most goals with 24. In a high-scoring affair, we’ll back Tampa’s top line center to get plenty of shots in as he looks for his first goal of the season.
5. Dougie Hamilton, D, Devils @ Canadiens — OVER 0.5 points
From goal to hot, the sky to below ground, we turn our attention to the Devils, who are set for some action north of the border. The Canadiens have allowed the most power plays opportunities in the league (29) while the Devils convert on them at the highest rate (42.86 percent). Hamilton, who has at least a point in every game and a power play point in three of four, will quarterback his unit to success once again in Montreal.
6. Matt Duchene, C, Stars @ Penguins — UNDER 0.5 points
Four games, four games without a point for Duchene. Dallas has only registered 109 shots on goal in that span and is in the bottom third for goals scored at 2.75 per game. In his first season in the Lone Star State, Duchene is still trying to mesh with his new team, meaning we’ll fade the Stars in Pittsburgh.
7. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Panthers vs. Sharks — OVER 3.5 shots on goal
Like some of the other stars on our props marathon, Tkachuk is still searching for his first goal of the season. After leading the Panthers to the Stanley Cup Final, Florida is still finding its footing after a short offseason. Facing off against the only winless team in the NHL should help, especially since that same team is allowing the third most SOGs in the league. Tkachuk is tied with Calgary’s Mikael Backlund for second most SOG without a goal behind Nashville’s Roman Josi. Expect Florida’s star to keep firing in a favorable matchup until he gets one.
8. Bo Horvat, C, Islanders vs. Avalanche — OVER 2.5 shots on goal
Horvat has gone OVER this number in three of four games this season, picking up right where he left off last year. Averaging 4.5 shot attempts per game, that gives us plenty of cushion for the Islanders star to cash the over. It comes as no surprise that New York’s top line has been firing the most shots and with Horvat leading the forward group in time on ice, we’ll continue hammering the over on these props as the season rolls along.
9. Dylan Larkin, C, Red Wings vs. Kraken — OVER 0.5 assists
Six games. Eight assists. The process behind this wager is a simple one. Larkin is everywhere on the ice for Detroit as the team’s top center and also a key piece on the power play. He’s been an assists machine to start the year and has finished with multiple in two of the last three. We’ll ride the wave on his impressive start to the year alongside Alex DeBrincat.
10. Jake DeBrusk, LW, Bruins @ Blackhawks — UNDER 0.5 points
DeBrusk is in a contract year and has only registered one point in four games. He was scratched for being late to a team meeting. And despite the Bruins’ 5-0 record, DeBrusk hasn’t contributed much to it, constantly being moved all over the lineup. Last year’s record-setting group in Beantown saw the winger put forth a career year, but they’re still trying to gel without mainstays Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci in the lineup. The Bruins’ top line is carrying this team at the moment, so we’ll fade the rest of the forwards.
11. Josh Morrissey, D, Jets vs. Blues — OVER 0.5 assists
Through five games, Morrissey has five assists. Winnipeg’s top defenseman continues to play big minutes, averaging 24.63 minutes per game. And as a key cog in the Jets’ power play unit, Morrissey has the puck on his stick more than enough to cash this over here. It might be a group that ranks in the middle of the pack, but St. Louis has the worst penalty kill in the league, checking in at just a 63.64 percent success rate, giving us enough reason to lean toward the over.
12. Marcus Johansson, LW, Wild vs. Oilers — UNDER 0.5 points
Johansson has registered three points in five games, scoring one goal and assisting on two others. It should be wild game for the Wild against the Oilers, who are hurting after the injury to Connor McDavid. Goals should be on the menu in Minnesota, but Johansson has been more reliable to the under than the over as it relates to this line throughout his career. Until the second line starts clicking, we’ll lean under here.
13. Roman Josi, D, Predators vs. Canucks — OVER 3.5 shots on goal
Josi is 10th in the league with 23 shots on goal to start the year. He has a whopping 46 shot attempts to go with it, giving us plenty of opportunities to find four of them to register on goal. The star defenseman always has the green light and despite only surpassing this number twice in six games, the volume is too much to pass up.
14. Artemi Panarin, LW, Rangers @ Flames — OVER 2.5 shots on goal
Panarin shaved his head and suddenly found his game again. The free spirited Rangers’ forward was hoping for some new beginnings in the new season and the hiring of coach Peter Laviolette seems to have brought it. He’s playing the most of any Blueshirts’ forward, totaling 95 minutes in five games. Cashing his SOGs prop in each of those five, the Breadman is a player that’s been making us a ton of bread to start the year. Expect that to continue in Calgary as the team’s western swing continues.
15. Kevin Fiala, LW, Kings vs. Coyotes — UNDER 2.5 shots on goal
Fiala is playing on the second line alongside Pierre Luc-Dubois and Alex Laferriere. The forward has gone under this total in three of the five games and has the fewest shots (12) of anyone on his line. With seven assists, it’s clear that the winger is playing more of a playmaking role than scoring, which is enough for us to go under this total.
16. Jack Eichel, C, Golden Knights vs. Flyers — OVER 3.5 shots on goal
Closing out the frenzy, the Stanley Cup Champions cap off the 16-game slate in a matchup with the Flyers. And while Philadelphia has surprised to start the year, checking in at 3-1-1, the Golden Knights are a different beast. Eichel has, expectedly, been a key piece in the team’s continued success. Eichel is over this number in four of six, showing a willingness to shoot more often than we saw down the stretch of last season. It’s fitting that we close out our picks on the Vegas strip, meaning it’ll be easy to collect our winnings when hopefully a majority of the picks turn to green.
Source : ESPN.com