There are nine NHL games on the slate Thursday and instead of looking at NHL betting lines, player prop bets might be a good idea as the regular season winds down.
Here are two player prop bets to consider when it comes to NHL betting.
Steven Stamkos Over 1.5 Points (+125)
This season, Steven Stamkos has been a man on a mission.
Primarily known for his goal-scoring prowess, Stamkos surpassed 100 points for the first time in his career. He has 101 points in 79 games, for an average of 1.28 points per game. I am getting plus odds because his average falls slightly short of the 1.5 points he’ll need Thursday.
However, there’s a reason why I believe in Stamkos against Columbus.
The Blue Jackets allow the fifth-most goals in the NHL at 3.63 and the second-most shots with 35.1. In two games against Columbus, Stamkos has two goals and three assists. Over his past seven games, he has had seven goals and 14 assists.
Stamkos also became the first player since Jari Kurri in 1992-93 to score three points in five consecutive games. He’s only the eighth different player to achieve that feat in NHL history.
Stamkos is hotter than hot, and I expect his teammates to want him to make it six straight games with another three points Thursday.
Dave Randorf's call of Steven Stamkos hitting 100 points is just fantastic pic.twitter.com/siXKZrA11e
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 27, 2022
Sam Reinhart Over 0.5 Points (-200)
Sam Reinhart is fourth on the Panthers in points per game, with 80 in 77 games. He’s second on the team with 32 goals and third with 48 assists. Reinhart has been one of Florida’s best additions this season.
He’ll be facing a Senators team that allows the 11th most goals per game in the NHL with 3.23. Ottawa also gives up a lot of chances, allowing the sixth-most shots per game with 33.5. In three games against the Sens this season, Reinhart has scored one goal and two assists. Over his past four games, he’s registered four goals and eight shots.
Florida has the best offense in the league and Reinhart is one of its main contributors. There is no reason he can’t pick up a point against Ottawa on Thursday.