There are three games on the NHL schedule tonight, featuring teams with balanced attacks. Isolating a superstar goalscorer won’t be easy for prop bettors, but there are angles to play.
We’ll look at some NHL player props you can consider in this slate of games. Before placing your wagers, shop the NHL odds across the top-rated sports betting apps to obtain your best deal.
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NHL Player and Team Props for Wednesday, Nov. 29
- Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers ()
- Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets ()
- Washington Capitals at the Los Angeles Kings ()
The Pick: Rangers and Kings Moneyline Parlay (+119 FanDuel)
None of the moneylines present an edge with the favorites. Nor do the puck lines paying only +124 for the Rangers and Kings to win by at least two goals. The Blue Jackets pay +190 to win by at least two goals, but they are five games under .500, last in the Metropolitan Division.
That said, I’ll go in the direction of a moneyline parlay. Here’s a look at the teams.
They have been a freight train, collecting 31 points in 20 games. They are tied with the Boston Bruins, whom they beat last week, for the most points in the NHL.
New York has thrived with the breakout of Alexis Lafrenière (12 points) and renewed purpose for Artemi Panarin (30 points). Combine that with defensive-minded coach Peter Laviolette and the all-world goaltending of Igor Shesterkin and this team is playing its best hockey since its 1994 Stanley Cup run.
New York also has a revenge motif, losing to the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Monday night. The Rangers have won their last six games after a loss.
The Red Wings made news on Tuesday, signing free agent Patrick Kane, who played with the Rangers during the last postseason.
Kane will not be in the lineup here. Nor will Dylan Larkin, the Red Wings captain who leads the team with 21 points in 20 games.
Detroit has won three in a row and the Rangers, theoretically, are due for a lull at some point. But is it now?
Quick stat: The last six Wednesday games at Madison Square Garden have gone Over the total. This one of six is a neutral offering. If you take the Over, a 3-3 score at any time is an automatic win.
The Rangers beat the Wings 5-3 on Nov. 7.
Rangers Scoring Leaders
- Panarin, 30 points
- Chris Kreider, 13 goals (including seven on the power play)
Wings Scoring Leaders
- Alex DeBrincat, 20 points
Capitals at Kings Betting Overview
The Kings have won five straight, allowing only five goals, or one per game.
The glass is half-full approach says they keep it going, unveiling a blanketed tight defense. Los Angeles only allowed 18 shots on goal in a 4-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens.
The Kings have won nine of 11 this year as the favorite.
The glass-is-half-empty philosophy says the Caps are playing well, too. They are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and what happens if they jump on the board first?
Kings Scoring Leaders
- Adrian Kempe, 20 points
- Kevin Fiala, 20 points
- Anze Kopitar, 19 points
Capitals Scoring Leader
- Alex Ovechkin, 12 points
Other Bets Under Consideration
I will make some, but not all of these.
Kings vs Capitals (DraftKings)
- Kevin Fiala Over 0.5 assists (+100) for Los Angeles
Rangers vs Wings (FanDuel)
- Mika Zibanejad, anytime scorer (+180)
- Chris Kreider score and Rangers win (+194)
Unfortunately, I can’t pull the trigger on my favorite selection when the Rangers play at home. That’s Panarin Over 2.5 shots. He usually hits it, but you can keep the price of -175 on this one.
For cross-referencing sake, one can read that to mean the books expect him and others in the lineup to be buzzing around the net. Maybe this type of stat gives a nudge to the Over, but the total is still no play. Just a handicapping nugget to store.
If I see a Shesterkin saves prop today, I will take the Over up until 25.5 saves. If the bar is higher than that, no bet.
Other Bets: Canadiens at Blue Jackets
Boone Jenner Over 0.5 Points (-130 DraftKings)
He has 11 goals to lead the Jackets, including five in a recently completed three-game spurt. Jenner picked up two assists in Columbus’ 5-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Columbus has won three of its last four games and while this is not one of the league’s top teams, it can manage a spurt here and there.
The total of 6.5 is tempting considering the leaky defenses. Each team gives up more than three goals per game and plenty of opportunities.
That points to another wager which could be overdue.
Johnny Gaudreau Over 0.5 Power Play Points (+220)
He’s been a disappointment since signing with Columbus last year, but this is the type of wide-open game that sets up for him. And Gaudreau is on the Blue Jackets’ first power-play unit.
“Hockey has been the type of game in which the bettors like to flock to the big players,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told Gaming Today. “They figure there is always a good shot that a premier player is going to score.”
That was good last night, for example, when Connor McDavid was money in the bank with a goal at +120 (DraftKings) for the Edmonton Oilers.
That could be a little more tricky here, as the lighter schedule and teams with more balanced scoring present a challenge.