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.
Johnny Gaudreau anytime goal scorer vs San Jose Sharks
With 17 points in his last nine games, few players are scoring as consistently as Johnny Gaudreau. He has been held off the scoresheet just once over that span and has multiple points in each of his last two contests.
He’s been scoring goals with stunning regularity as well. Over his last nine contests, he has seven goals and failed to score in only three games over that span. After not scoring against Anaheim last night, I think he can find the net against the Sharks. He has scored two goals against them already this season. I’ll ride the hot hand here.
Mitch Marner to score 2+ points vs Dallas Stars
If you think Johnny Gaudreau is red-hot, get a load of Mitch Marner. The Maple Leafs superstar has 26 points over his last 11 games with multi-point games in seven consecutive games. He’s been automatic.
The Dallas Stars will offer a tough challenge, but he did have two assists against them in mid-March. When a player is going the way Marner is, you just have to trust he’s going to stay hot. Some guys just get into a rhythm and the Leafs winger is in one right now. I expect him to keep it going.
Cole Caufield anytime goal scorer vs New Jersey Devils
With goals in each of his last two games, Caufield is getting on a little bit of a roll. He seems to score in bunches. The Devils have also been particularly leaky of late. In two prior games against New Jersey, Caufield has just one assist, but did have four shots on goal.
He’s been directing a lot of pucks to net in this recent stretch of games for him. He has 22 shots on goal in the last seven games and has scored three goals over that span. He’s playing really well and the Habs are going head-to-head with a weakened opponent.
Elias Pettersson to score 1+ points vs Arizona Coyotes
The last stretch of games has made Elias Pettersson look more like himself than he has all season. This year had been a struggle, but now the goals and points are coming in droves. He has three two-goal games in his last five contests and has registered 10 points over his last seven games. He had a four-point effort against Vegas last night and though he’s playing in a back-to-back, I like his chances of getting on the score sheet again.
He has only played against the Coyotes five times in his young career and has four points in those games, including a two-point effort against them earlier this season.