NHL Player Props For Sunday: Connor McDavid to Join in the Goalscoring Tonight

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Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP

NHL Pick: Connor McDavid Anytime Goalscorer (-110) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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Although we have a small NHL card today with six games on the board, we have found two games we are liking for our Sunday player props.

Firstly we are tackling the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche game, where two of the league’s best players come head to head. Our second matchup sees the Toronto Maple Leafs face off against a very poor Chicago Blackhawks team.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche

Sunday, February 19, 2023 – 03:00 PM EST at Ball Arena

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)

  • Anytime Goalscorer

The Stats

  • Goals Scored: 42
  • Goals Assisted: 59
  • Shots Per Game: 4.28

The best player in the NHL right now, Connor McDavid, has failed to score a goal in his previous three games and has only scored once in his last five. His teammates Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have been having all the fun in front of net in recent games scoring a combined 7 goals in their previous three.

It hasn’t been happy hunting though, as the Edmonton Oilers come into this road game against the current Stanley Cup holders having lost 4 of their last 5 games.

The Pick

We are prepared to lay the -110 juice for McDavid to find the back of the net tonight. After all, he is the league’s top goalscorer thus far this season and his previous longest run without having scored a goal has been three games, tonight will be four (and his longest stretch without a goal this season) if he doesn’t find the back of the net.

This is a big game for the Oilers as they are in a poor run of form and McDavid will need to step up and help his team win this one.

NHL Pick: Connor McDavid Anytime Goalscorer (-110) at Heritage Sports

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)

  • Over/Under Shots

The Stats

  • Goals Scored: 18
  • Goals Assisted: 46
  • Shots Per Game: 4.43

As one of the league’s top shot-takers (5th most so far), Nathan MacKinnon can add more to his tally tonight on home ice against one of the weakest defenses in the league. Although his 4.5 shot line might seem a little high, here is why:

  • MacKinnon has had 6/6/7/6/2 shots in his previous five NHL games
  • MacKinnon averages 4.77 shots on home ice, which is slightly better than his season average of 4.43
  • MacKinnon has seen Over 4.5 shots cash in 58% of his games this season

The Pick

MacKinnon has taken 22 shots more than the Avalanches second highest shot-taker and has played eleven games less. He is the “go-to” guy on this team and we are more than happy to bet on MacKinnon to have 5+ shots in this NHL matchup at -110 betting odds.

If you're a Colorado local planning on betting on this game, make sure you go over our Colorado betting guide before doing so.

NHL Pick: Nathan MacKinnon Over 4.5 Shots (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Sunday, February 19, 2023 – 06:00 PM EST at United Center

Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs)

  • Anytime Goalscorer

The Stats

  • Goals Scored: 26
  • Goals Assisted: 31
  • Shots Per Game: 4.10

We advised not laying the -200 on Auston Matthews to score last night and instead to take his assist total over 0.5 at -110. This worked in our favor as Matthews cashed on the assist but failed to score. However, tonight we are backing him to score and laying less juice.

The Pick

For tonight's betting pick, we are laying the -135 for Matthews to score against this Chicago team who allow 3.63 goals per game. The back-to-back regular season top scorer already found the back of the net when these two teams met earlier in the season.

Having scored in 7 of his previous 9 games, we expect he will get plenty of chances to find a way past the Blackhawks goaltender, even if he has only scored 9 goals in 22 road games so far this season.

NHL Pick: Auston Matthews Anytime Goalscorer (-135) at BetOnline

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