Penguins vs. Hurricanes Props: Malkin Hits 10, Necas Snaps Slump

There are eight NHL games on tap tonight, with none bigger than the Penguins vs. Hurricanes. The Pens will look to snap the Canes’ six-game win streak and move within two points of the division lead.

Here are four player props to consider from top hockey betting sites.

Evgeni Malkin Over 0.5 Points, Over 2.5 Shots

The man they call Geno is on a heater right now. Malkin is riding a nine-game point streak, racking up three goals and 10 assists in that span.

The veteran superstar has over a point per game this season (33) and has proven he’s still got some juice left in the tank at 36 years old. He faced the Hurricanes two games ago, recording an assist in the 3-2 road loss.

The crowd will be on the Pens’ side tonight as they host the Carolina Hurricanes in their last game before a five-day break. Expect Pittsburgh to leave it all out there tonight.

Malkin was held shotless when these teams last played. He’s only had one other game this season where he didn’t record a shot. He followed that game up with three shots on goal and two assists.

Look for Geno to get the puck to the net tonight and extend his point streak to 10 games.

Martin Necas Over O.5 Points, Over 2.5 Shots

Martin Necas can’t catch a break lately. The 23-year-old’s solid play has helped fuel the Hurricanes’ six-game win streak, but the points just haven’t been coming.

Necas is the team’s leading scorer with 30 points yet has just two in his last seven games. Shooting the puck hasn’t been the problem. He’s hit the net with rubber 17 times in the last three contests. The biscuit just hasn’t been bouncing his way.

As frustrating as it’s been for the Czech, all signs point to a positive regression. The Canes have scored at least three goals in all but one game in December. They’re 9-0-1 in their last ten, and everyone has been scoring except the team’s top point-getter. Look for that to change tonight in Pittsburgh.

The center shouldn’t have a problem getting the puck on net against a Pens team that gives up the 4th most shots in the league (33.4). Necas was held off the scoreboard when these teams last met on Dec. 18. His relentless offensive attack should finally pay off with a point or two tonight.