NHL picks: 4 best player props for Thursday
Chris Peters picks out his four best player prop bets for Thursday night's slate in the NHL.
Michael Bunting anytime goalscorer vs Arizona Coyotes
The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie has been scoring with regularity this season and now has 46 points in 57 games. There should be some extra juice for him in this game though as the Arizona Coyotes allowed him to walk in free agency after he played 26 career games over two seasons with the club.
Now in Toronto, Bunting is thriving while playing a top-line role and maximizing his time with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. He has four goals over his last eight games and registered just one assist the last time he played against his former team.
Now that he’s rolling a little bit more and riding a six-game point streak, I like his chances of getting one over on the Yotes. That top line for Toronto has been unstoppable.
Jack Eichel anytime goalscorer vs Buffalo Sabres
Returning to Buffalo for the first time since having his trade request granted, Jack Eichel left the Sabres on very uncomfortable terms. There could be a very icy reception to the former captain who asked to be dealt when Sabres’ management wouldn’t allow him to get his preferred surgery to fix an issue with his neck.
Now recovered and playing for Vegas, Eichel has seven points in 10 games and has said he’s not quite 100% yet. He’s looking pretty darn good, though. He has just three goals so far, but you have to think there’s a bit of extra motivation for this game, which will certainly be an emotional one for all parties.
Eichel scored 139 goals in a Sabres uniform, but getting one as a visiting player in this particular game will probably mean a lot to him.
Andrew Copp over 2.5 shots on goal vs New Jersey Devils
I’ve been playing a little more with shots on goal props. They’re wildly volatile, but every now and again I’ll find one or two that I like and in this case, I really like the way Andrew Copp is playing. He’s possibly one of the Jets’ most valuable trade chips as the deadline approaches and if he does indeed want to be dealt, he’s playing well to catch the eyes of the pro scouts that are watching the Jets presently.
Copp has four points over his last four games and has had no fewer than two shots on goal in a game in that span. Over those four games, he’s put up 14 shots on goal for an average of 3.5 shots per game. He has three or more shots on goal in 25 of 51 games this season.
Matthew Tkachuk to have 1+ assists vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Flames will have their hands full with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but I like the value I’m seeing on Tkachuk hitting the scoresheet with a point tonight. He has six assists over his last six games and has been held off the scoresheet just twice in that span. Over his last 15 games, Tkachuk has registered 14 helpers.
In his career he has three assists in eight games against Tampa, but I’ll lean more towards how he’s been playing of late and that’s where he’s really made a big impact in the points column.