The NHL continues to be a source of profits for us in the prop betting market this year, which is convenient considering we’ve reached a season where having extra cash can always be put to good use. We’ve posted a 6-2 record over the last two NHL slates we’ve tackled, a stark contrast from the NFL struggles that continue to ruin our Sundays. Wednesday’s slate features a fun matchup on Broadway between the Red Wings and Rangers in what could be Patrick Kane’s return to the ice after offseason hip surgery. Regardless, the Blueshirts are skating like the league’s best while Hockeytown is hopeful for a return to the postseason when winter gives way to spring.
There’s value all over this NHL slate, even with all eyes focused on the nationally televised game at the Garden. It’s just two miles away from Rockefeller Center, the site of the famous Christmas tree lighting also happening tonight. So, get in the holiday spirit and head on over to SuperDraft, the place that will be treating us like the modern-day Rockefeller if we put together another solid day at the rink. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be the one putting a red bow on a new car outside like those usually unrealistic commercials would have you believe.
SuperDraft users can win 3X the amount wagered if their two-legged player prop parlay hits. If all four of the props below 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 four of our favorite player props for Wednesday night’s NHL slate. Users don’t necessarily have to parlay all four picks together, though. Instead, you could make separate two-legged parlays to increase your win probability or attempt to hit it big if all four picks come through.
Best NHL prop bets today: SuperDraft player prop picks for Wednesday
*10x potential payout if users parlay all four correct picks
1. Artemi Panarin, LW, Rangers vs. Red Wings — OVER 3 shots on goal
The Rangers have jumped out to a 15-4-1 start, collecting points in a league-best 77.5 percent of games. The new bench boss Peter Laviolette deserves plenty of credit for getting more from a roster that was two wins from a Stanley Cup Final appearance two years ago, but none of this is possible without the play from Panarin. The Breadman continues to be New York’s best skater, posting 30 points in just 20 games. Despite not playing on the “top line,” Panarin continues to elevate the players around him, leading the Rangers’ best line this season. The Blueshirts have a tendency to be too unselfish, routinely passing up great shots to make the extra pass. There was no better display of that than in Philadelphia last Friday, which Laviolette quickly wanted changed against the Bruins the following day. Panarin and co. listened, funneling pucks to the net instead of drifting back into old bad habits. With Adam Fox returning tonight, the Rangers No. 3 power play will be back at full strength. Panarin is all over the ice, registering at least three shots in three of the past four. Against the Red Wings on Nov. 7, he finished with four. Take the OVER.
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2. Alex DeBrincat, LW, Red Wings @ Rangers — UNDER 2.5 shots on goal
Detroit is set to be without Dylan Larkin tonight at Madison Square Garden, leaving the streaking Red Wings in search of some additional offense. The addition of Patrick Kane should help, but he’s coming off hip surgery and just signed with the team yesterday. Despite participating in the morning skate, it’s unclear whether he will play. DeBrincat is excited to be reunited with Kane, but how will the former Blackhawks star look on ice after major surgery? DeBrincat was also playing on a line with J.T. Compher and Michael Rasmussen in the team’s last game, which led to him posting only two shot attempts, both of which ended up on goal. The sharpshooting winger has been at his best alongside Larkin this year and he managed just two shots in the last game against the Rangers. New York blocks a ton of shots, turning away two of DeBrincat’s five attempts in their last meeting. The odds are against him here in finding three. It might be a little sweaty, but there’s value in fading DeBrincat tonight at the Garden.
3. Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Capitals @ Kings — UNDER 3.5 shots on goal
Ovechkin’s history and bettors’ willingness to bet the OVER is continuing to keep his SOGs line holding steady at 3.5 — a gift we will gladly keep accepting. He’s gone UNDER this number in seven of the past 10, and a trip to the City of Angels will likely make that eight times for No. 8. Washington has already totaled the fewest SOGs in the league this year (525) and the Kings have allowed the second-fewest (526). This battle between two teams that don’t get a lot of pucks on net should result in more of a defensive game, leaving few opportunities for Ovi to find four SOGs in L.A. Use his status as a star to your advantage and take the UNDER.
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4. Adrian Kempe, C, Kings vs. Capitals — UNDER 2.5 shots on goal
For the same reasons we like Ovechkin to go under his shots total, we also like Kempe. The Capitals are another team that isn’t allowing a lot of shots, but we also have the added benefit here of Kempe’s recent stretch. He’s averaging only 3.6 shot attempts per game in the past five, which is way down from the 8.4 that he posted the five games prior. Kempe was firing shots like they were going out of style earlier in the season, but he’s only cleared this number once in five games, averaging just 1.6 SOGs in that span. The early-season narrative is keeping this number higher than it should be, giving us a solid cushion to go UNDER once again.
Source : ESPN.com