You don’t need an extensive NHL schedule to have fun. Despite a small two-game NHL schedule, books offer a pair of rare considerations for bettors. We’ll examine that and NHL player props we recommend.
One is the puck line of -2.5, not the standard -1.5. That applies to the San Jose Sharks visiting the New Jersey Devils.
Both games have totals of 6.5 goals. The high number reflects the less intense style of play one-quarter of the way through the NHL season. Enjoy the offense now. Many of these totals will be 5 or 5.5 during the spring.
Before making your wagers, look at the NHL odds from various sportsbooks to maximize winnings. Here are our prop-betting considerations that fit the limited schedule.
NHL Player Props Selections for Friday
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Sharks vs. Devils
- Jack Hughes anytime goalscorer -135
This is the only reasonable price for him. He is still minus money to get Over 4.5 shots and 1.5 points.
- Fabian Zetterlund Over 2.5 shots +110
Senators vs. Blue Jackets
- Brady Tkachuk anytime goalscorer +105
- Tim Stutzie Over 1.5 points +160
- Boone Jenner Over 0.5 points -120
San Jose Sharks vs. New Jersey Devils
Sharks: They lead the league in shots faced per game, 37. That’s precisely how many pucks top goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood faced last night when the Sharks were blanked 3-0 by the Boston Bruins.
Blackwood is a former Devil, but the odds favor Kaapo Kahkonen standing between the pipes tonight. He is 2-6 with 4.12 goals-against average and .889 save percentage.
San Jose is a shooting gallery. It is the weakest team in the league, with a 5-16-2 mark for 12 points. The team’s two leading goal scorers, Fabian Zetterlund and Mike Hoffman, have six goals. That’s a pace of 24 goals each. Its leading scorer, Tomas Hertl, has 16 points, pro-rating at 64 points for the season.
That said, the Sharks are not as bad as their record indicates. They started 0-11 and won two straight before losing to Boston. There are lights on in the San Jose cellar.
Devils: The hangover from last year may finally be over. Remember this team knocking off the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs last year after a 112-point regular season?
New Jersey is only on pace for 92 points right now. The Devils are 11-9, but can reach their first four-game win streak tonight. This team is starting to click, and bettors will jump on board with them.
Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Senators: Ottawa has played seven less games than Columbus and now stars a road-heavy December.
The Sens have lost two straight, including an embarrassing 5-0 blowout to the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The game was marked with an NHL first, all 10 players on the ice getting a simultaneous game misconduct. (Imagine having the Penalty Minutes OVER if that could have been found someplace).
Ottawa’s leaders are Brady Tkachuk (10 goal) and Tim Stutzie (22 points). They are the leaders expected to pick it up after the team was humbled at home. It looks to be Anton Forsberg’s turn (3.57 GAA, .850 save percentage) between the pipes.
Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets are in the top group of shots allowed per game, 33. Top players Boone Jenner and Johnny Goudreau need to wake up for the Jackets, who were beaten 4-2 by the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. This was deflating, following a 5-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins.
Spencer Martin was between the pipes against Boston. He would be the logical starter. He has a 3.20 GAA and .903 save percentage.