NHL Best Bets Today: Nikita Kucherov Worth a Look vs. Bruins (Mar. 24)

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Mar 24, 2022, 12:15 PM

There are ten NHL games on the slate Thursday, which means plenty of chances for ice hockey betting.

While many will focus on NHL betting lines, we have two props for you to consider. And if props aren’t your thing, consider some NHL parlay picks.

Below are a few prop bets plus analysis for Thursday, March 24.

Nikita Kucherov Over 0.5 Points (-250)

Nikita Kucherov can flat out play and has been relegated to the shadows due to various injuries over the past couple of years.

He’s only played 27 games this season but has 11 goals and 22 assists, giving him 1.22 points per game. Everyone else might have pushed Kucherov to the back of their minds, but the Bolts haven’t.

Kucherov is playing top-line minutes on Steven Stamkos’s wing and is still part of the Lightning’s first powerplay unit. And it’s a truly dangerous unit, consisting of Alex Killorn, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, Stamkos, and, of course, Kucherov.

Tampa Bay is playing the Boston Bruins, who are stingy on defense.

The Bruins are sixth in opponent goal-scoring, allowing only 2.65 goals per game. However, Boston is one of the more penalized teams, sitting seventh with 4.04 penalties taken per 60 minutes. Those penalty minutes combined with the Lightning’s powerplay could be perfect for Kucherov in this matchup.

Kucherov should get plenty of offensive chances against the Bruins, which is why we recommend taking the Russian right-winger over 0.5 points at -250.

Kyle Connor Over 3.5 Shots (-160)

Kyle Connor likes to shoot but doesn’t get the same attention as Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews, and Alex Ovechkin. Nevertheless, Connor is sixth with 0.61 goals per game this season.

More importantly, for our purposes Thursday, he’s fifth in shots per game. Connor is averaging 4.28 shots on goal per game, well above the 3.5 we need.

In the past two games, Connor has taken a step back with only three shots on net for an average of 1.5, but over the three previous games, he had a total of 13 for an average of 4.33 SOG.

The Winnipeg Jets face the Ottawa Senators tonight, one of the NHL’s worst teams.

Ottawa is 26th in shots allowed per game with 33.2, so Connor should get plenty of opportunities to hit the net.

It looks like Connor is in line to surpass the total shots set for Thursday’s contest, so we recommend taking Connor over 3.5 shots at -160.

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