With only four weeks remaining until the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators are holding down the seventh spot in the West, while the Ottawa Senators are one of seven NHL teams already eliminated from playoff contention. The Buffalo Sabres are also one of those teams out of the playoffs, while the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to kick a two-game losing streak.
The Sens allow the seventh-most shots against per game with 33.1, which opens up an opportunity to wager on Nashville’s offensive. The Sabres are also weak in their defensive end, so we’ll focus on Carolina for the other prop in NHL betting.
To watch these players, you’ll want to tune into the Predators vs. Senators at 7:00 p.m. and the Sabres vs. Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
Filip Forsberg: Over 2.5 Shots (-175)
Filip Forsberg is one of Nashville’s most potent offensive threats. He leads the team in goals with 38 and is third in scoring with 70 points. Forsberg is tied with Roman Josi for the team lead in points per game at 1.25 and is second on the Preds with 3.05 shots per game.
The Senators give up a lot of shots on the net and allow the tenth most goals against per game with 3.22. Ottawa also takes the seventh-most penalties per game at 9:57.
Forsberg is one of the go-to targets on their first powerplay unit, so he should be peppering the Ottawa goalie if they go on the man advantage. In one game against Ottawa this season, Forsberg had one point and three shots on goal.
It looks likely that Forsberg will surpass 2.5 shots once again tonight.
Sebastian Aho: Over 0.5 Points (-250)
Sebastian Aho leads Carolina in points with 31 goals and 38 assists. He’s averaging 1.03 points per game.
Aho centers the Hurricanes’ top power play unit and has scored 26 of his points with the man advantage, while leading all forwards on the team in ice-time, playing an average of 19:04 a game.
The Canes are also facing a defensively weak Sabres team. Buffalo allows the ninth-most goals against per game with 3.48 and the sixth-most shots against per game with 33.6. Aho has already picked up three points in two games against Buffalo this season and aims for more.
In Thursday’s contest, Aho should record at least one point against the lowly Sabres