NHL Props Picks - October 17, 2017
NHL Player Prop Of The Day
Alex has notched at least one point against the Toronto Maple Leafs in eight consecutive games, scoring seven goals and contributing five helpers during this time. Throughout his career, the Leafs have been one of his favorite targets. In 42 games against Toronto, Alex scored 33 goals and amassed 60 points, an average of 1.42 points per game and 0.79 goals per game.
Ovechkin scores well against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Capitals are off to a good start, with the exception of a letdown against the Philadelphia Flyers. After getting embarrassed by the Flyers, the Caps will return to form. Betting on Ovechkin scoring a goal provides good value relative to the risk. If you have less appetite for danger, wager on Alex earning at least one point against the Leafs.
NHL Puckline Of The Day
The Ottawa Senators fought through a tough few games to start the season, with their first three games decided by shootout. When they reached Calgary in the middle of their three-game road swing, the Senators flipped a switch and routed the Flames and Oilers in back-to-back contests, outscoring Alberta 12-1 in 120 minutes of lopsided hockey.
Reports stae that Erik Karlsson will return from injury, gracing the Canadian Tire Centre with his presence. Despite routing the west on their three-game trip, the puckline odds given to the Sens appears generous as they return home to face the Vancouver Canucks.
Since 2014, Ottawa has a 6-2 record against the Canucks. Vancouver’s two wins were in Ottawa, which may have tilted the puckline odds away from the Senators.
Ottawa appears to be returning to the same high level of play that nearly upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eastern conference finals last year. Betting on the puckline adds a bit of extra risk, but all signs point to the Senators winning their second straight October game against Vancouver.
NHL Over/Under Of The Day
After an impressive 3-0 win to begin the season against rival Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers forgot how to play defense, outscored by a margin of 14-5 in their last three games. Connor McDavid was kept in check, tallying a couple of assists in losing efforts. This evening, the Hurricanes make the trip to oil country with a better record than Edmonton.
The over/under for this matchup stands at 5.5 goals, reflecting a meager offensive output from both teams this season. During their past four meetings, the Oilers and Hurricanes averaged a total of 3.5 goals per game, despite the speedy, high-powered forwards employed by both teams.
Edmonton won’t give up as many goals to the Canes as they did against the Jets and the Senators, and the Hurricanes have been stingy over the past couple of games. McDavid hasn’t had the same amount of scoring success against Carolina compared to rest of the NHL.
The most likely result for this matchup is a 3-2 or 2-1 win for the Oilers, which makes the under a solid wager on Tuesday night.
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