The most exciting time of the NHL season is upon us as we head into the first round of the playoffs. We are going to take one player prop pick from each game until we get a feel for these playoff series. Here are some of the best value NHL player props to consider taking for tonight’s games.
Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Monday, May 02, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at PNC Arena
Antti Raanta (Carolina Hurricanes)
Boston finished just 7 points behind this Hurricanes team in the regular season. We believe they hold better value at +110 on the NHL odds board to win the series compared to Carolina's -135.
One of our favorite bets to take in the playoffs is goaltender saves, this is an intriguing matchup as we have the Bruins who picked up the second most number of shots per game in the regular season, and the Hurricanes who allowed the least amount of shots. Unfortunately, Carolina Hurricanes are without their number 1 goaltender tonight and he has been the second-best in the regular season.
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Despite the Bruns being beaten 16-1 across their previous 3 games against the Hurricanes, the Canes goaltender on the day has seen 33/31/34 saves. Let’s roll with Antti Raanta to have at least 30 saves tonight. We are expecting a Bruins bombardment on the net without Anderson not the crease for Game 1.
NHL Prop Pick: Antti Raanta to Have at Least 30 Saves (+119) with BetOnline
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Monday, May 02, 2022 – 07:30 PM EDT at Scotiabank Arena
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
No doubt a first-round playoff game between the Lightning and Maple Leafs is going to be one to remember, we have the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions facing off against a Maple Leafs team who many are starting to get behind with Auston Matthews playing some amazing hockey.
The Leafs finished 5 points ahead of Tampa Bay in the regular season. Both teams are similar odds to live the Stanley Cup as the Leafs are priced at +1000 and the Lighting at +1100 both best available with BetOnline.
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We are targeting Victor Hedman to get an assist tonight, we are anticipating this to be a tight game, possibly a 2-2 with an overtime winner. Hedman has picked up 65 assists this season, the most on this Lighting team and the 8th most in the regular season.
It’s a gamble for sure but we are happy to roll with the Lightings top assist man at -110 to set up at least one goal in tonight’s game.
NHL Prop Pick: Victor Headman Over 0.5 Assists (-110) with BetOnline
St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild
Monday, May 02, 2022 – 09:30 PM EDT at Xcel Energy Center
Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild)
Although playoff hockey is usually a tight game with low scores, these two teams are far from that type of style and if either is to go the whole way there will be a lot of high-scoring games we believe.
Minnesota and St. Louis have seen the second and third most numbers of games gone over 5.5 in the Western Division and their previous five games produced 7/7/10/7/11 goals.
That’s all we really need to know when getting the Wilds' top points by a long shot Kirill Kaprizov to see over 1.5 points in tonight’s game at +170, Kaprizov has scored over 1.5 points in all three regular-season games against the Blues.
NHL Prop Pick: Kirill Kaprizov Over 1.5 Points (+170) with BMR’s Top-Rated Sportsbooks
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers
Monday, May 02, 2022 – 10:00 PM EDT at Rogers Place
Evander Kane (Edmonton Oilers)
This is a hard first game to find any real value as both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are juiced to the heavens, even with some of the Kings' more prominent players it was hard to find some value, of course, theirs some obvious players here and some will cash but we believe Evander Kane to score anytime tonight at +190 seems a nice set of odds.
The former San Jose player has been impressive since the Oilers picked him up and he is a great option to have on this team alongside McDavid.
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McDavid is an amazing playmaker having had 79 assists (the second-most in the regular season) this is a big advantage we have when taking either of his teammates to score, Kane has scored 22 goals in 43 appearances thus far this season. His team is +5 this season against the Kings when he is on the ice.
NHL Prop Pick: Evander Kane Anytime Goalscorer (+190) with BetOnline
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