The Edmonton Oilers can close out the Calgary Flames with a win in Game 5 tonight, and Oilers forward Connor McDavid will try to extend his multi-point streak in the process.
McDavid recorded a pair of assists in Edmonton’s 5-3 win in Game 4. It marked his seventh consecutive playoff game with more than a single point. He can tie the NHL record held by Edmonton legend Wayne Gretzky tonight at eight straight games. Player props bettors have to pay a premium, as McDavid’s prop was juiced to -145 on “over” 1.5 points at DraftKings as of Thursday morning. The “under” was being dealt at +115.
The Oilers-Flames series has been a high-scoring affair, with the “over” cashing in three of the first four games. Calgary opened with a 9-6 win in Game 1, but Edmonton has reeled off three straight victories to put the Flames on the brink of elimination.
Oilers’ Player Prop To Target in Game 5
Calgary has had no answer for stopping Edmonton’s top line of McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Evander Kane. McDavid is the defending Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s regular-season MVP, and Draisaitl won the award in 2020.
Draisaitl is our preferred play to go “over” 1.5 points tonight, simply because of the value being offered at DraftKings. He was listed at +135 to record at least two points. What’s he done in the first four games against the Flames? He’s scorched them with 3, 3, 4, and 3 points.
Expect Plenty of Shots From Calgary’s Top Snipers
Matthew Tkachuk, who opened the series with a hat trick in Calgary’s Game 1 victory, scored 42 goals in the regular season to share the team lead with Elias Lindholm. The Flames need a big game from both players at home tonight to mount a comeback in the series. We expect them to be on the attack offensively but let’s look at their shot totals:
BetRivers was dealing Lindholm at -114 to go “over” 2.5 shots. Tkachuk is a little pricier at -143, but we like both plays with the expectation that Calgary will throw everything it has against Edmonton and goalie Mike Smith.
That leads to our third and final prop bet for tonight. FanDuel was dealing Smith at -126 to record “over” 31.5 saves against Calgary tonight. He’s cashed that bet in two of his three playoff starts against the Flames with 32 and 37 saves. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen to the 40-year-old veteran goalie again.
Mike Smith immediately looking for someone else to blame is the absolute best pic.twitter.com/4CQ4ZZY2wa
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 25, 2022