Below are our NHL best bets when it comes to props for Wednesday night.
Auston Matthews Over 3.5 Shots (-165)
Everyone knows that Matthews scores goals. He leads the NHL with 46 this season and he’s played at least six fewer games than the next four highest goal-scorers. What might not be as well known is Matthews shoots a lot.
He’s recorded three or more shots in each of his past seven games. In the Leafs’ previous outing, Matthews had 10 shots against Nashville. TEN!
The center has only one game this season where he has not registered a shot, February 28 against the Washington Capitals. Otherwise, he averages 4.61 shots per game. Through the first 391 games of his career, Matthews averages 3.82 shots per game.
As far as his opponents on Wednesday, the Devils allow an average amount of shots. New Jersey is 13th in shots allowed with 31.2 per game.
Matthews should easily surpass 3.5 shots tonight, so we recommend taking Matthews over 3.5 shots at -165.
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Mikko Rantanen Over 0.5 Powerplay Points (+105)
Rantanen is on the first line of the second most potent offense in the NHL.
The Avalanche are second in NHL goal-scoring with 3.83 per game. Rantanen is 13th in points with 31 goals and 44 assists. Moreover, he does a lot of his scoring on the powerplay. The 25-year-old is tied for sixth in powerplay points with 29. He’s basically scoring a powerplay point every other game.
In two games against Vancouver this season, Rantanen has three goals and three assists, but more importantly, three of those points were on the powerplay.
Over his past six games, Rantanen has five goals, five assists, and seven powerplay points. Meanwhile, the Canucks have lost five of their past six games and have allowed an average of three goals per game.
Rantanen and the Avs are primed to go off on Vancouver tonight. We recommend taking Rantanen over 0.5 powerplay points at +105.