NHL Player Props Best Bets: Kaprizov Good Value for Points Against Weak Oilers Defense

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Kirill Kaprizov #97 of the Minnesota Wild skates during the second period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP.

Eleven enticing NHL games are available on our card tonight, we have chosen to concentrate our action on the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers matchup as well as the most anticipated game of the night between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild.

Here are our NHL player props for Thursday’s action.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, December 1, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center

Kevin Hayes (Philadelphia Flyers)

  • Over / Under Shots

We are targeting the Philadelphia Flyers' highest points scorer Kevin Hayes to see 3+ shots tonight, with the Flyers having 8 players ruled out through injury including the highest shot taker Travis Konecny we believe more attacking and shooting responsibility will fall on Hayes's shoulders.

Yes, Hayes has 4 more shots overall than Konecny but the latter has played 5 games less and we are very confident he would have the most shots on this team if available for those 5 games.

Hayes has had 3+ shots in his previous 3 games compared to just 7 in 19 prior to those games, again backing up the fact more shooting responsibility has fallen on his shoulders in recent games with so many star players missing for the Flyers.

NHL Prop Pick: Kevin Hayes Over 2.5 Shots (-117) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)

  • Over / Under Points

Swedish-born Victor Hedman is as cold as it comes right now in terms of generating scores for his team. Hedman has only had 9 assists and 1 goal equalling 10 points in total this season.

Furthermore, Hedman has only scored a point in 2 of his previous 11 games compared to having had at least one point in 6 of his first 9 games this season.

Hedman finished 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in the previous 3 years for overall team regular season points, this season he is the 8th highest thus far. Is Hedman past his prime or going through a cold streak?

Either way, we are liking the big defender's chances of scoring a point tonight against an injury-riddled Flyers team, and off the back of a 3-1 defeat to the Bruins Hedman and company should be looking to win this matchup.

NHL Prop Pick: Victor Hedman Over 0.5 Points (-120) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 08:00 PM EST at Xcel Energy Center

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers)

  • Over / Under Points

After bagging himself two goals and one assist last night in a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, we are looking to get right back on Draisaitl’s total game points Over 1.5 at -110 NHL betting odds.

The German-born winger has picked up 36 points in 23 games played this season and has failed to score a point in just 3 of his 23 games played.

Draisaitl has had 2+ game points in 9 of his 23 games this season and only hit 2 or more points in back-to-back games on one occasion (the Oilers' first two games of the entire season).

We are expecting goals between these two teams and feel this is the perfect time to get behind Draisaitl to go back-to-back games scoring 2+ points.

NHL Prop Pick: Leon Draisaitl Over 1.5 Points (-110) at BetOnline

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Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild)

  • Over / Under Points

As predicted Kirill Kaprizov has been the runaway star player on the Minnesota Wild roster this season having scored 27 points in 21 games (7 more points than the next-best Mats Zuccarello).

Kaprizov has been as consistent as they come so far this season and has had at least one point in 16 of his 21 games played, as well as is currently on a 9-game scoring streak, topping that off with 2/2/3 points in his previous 3 games.

Kaprizov is very hot right now and he won’t fear this Oilers defense who have allowed the 8th most shots against and allowed 3.57 goals per game. It’s easy to see why we like this kid to score tonight, even the best sportsbooks have him as the favorite to score a hat trick over both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, which is a very rare occurrence in Oilers games.

Kaprizov has played 3 times against the Oilers in his career, scoring 2/1/1 assists and never scoring a goal. We are boldly predicting he will tonight, although so do the best sportsbooks, as you have to lay -114 for Kaprizov to score anytime tonight if you want him for your NHL picks.

On home ice, Kaprizov has scored 20 of his 27 overall points this season.

NHL Prop Pick: Kirill Kaprizov Over 1.5 Points (+100) at BetOnline

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