The NHL week kicks off with six games, including a marquee matchup featuring two of the league’s best players in Ovechkin and McDavid.
Here are our top four player props for tonight’s action.
Vladimir Tarasenko Under 2.5 shots
Not much is going right for the St. Louis Blues right now. They’ve lost three straight, five of six, and are ranked 25th in the league in goals for (2.83). One of the reasons they can’t score is that they can’t generate any shots.
The Blues are averaging under 30 shots per game and only have a 9.5 shooting percentage (22nd) to go with it. Tarasenko has registered just one shot in two of his last three games.
He’ll be in tough tonight against a New York Rangers team that’s ranked sixth in SOG against.
Brad Marchand Over 0.5 assists
The Boston Bruins are the class of the NHL right now, having lost just three times in 23 games. They’re coming off a dominant performance against an excellent Avalanche team and will now face the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights.
Brad Marchand was injured to start the season but has been a menace since his return. The Halifax native has 19 points and has been held off the score sheet just twice in the 15 games he’s been back. He has three assists in his last four games and six in the previous six.
Nathan MacKinnon Over 1.5 points
The Philadelphia Flyers are flailing. After a hot start to the season, they’ve lost 12 of 13 and have sunk to the Eastern Conference’s bottom. Don’t expect their luck to change tonight against the Avs.
Colorado is coming off a 5-1 loss to the Bruins and will likely take its frustration out on Philly. MacKinnon failed to get a point last game, but he should get back on track tonight.
The center has 33 points in 22 games and faces a Flyers team that’s been giving up a ton of goals. Expect the league’s top power play to do some damage against Philadelphia’s 24th-ranked PK unit.
Connor McDavid Over 0.5 Power Play Points
Putting money on Connor McDavid to get a power play point is almost always a good NHL bet. The NHL’s best player has 47 points on the season, with almost half of them coming on the PP (23).
The Oilers are lethal with the man advantage (29.3%, 3), and McDavid is the one that makes it tick. He had three PP points last game and four in the last two.
The 25-year-old has at least one power play point in 13 of his last 18 games.