NHL Wednesday bets: More shots on goal props
Tuesday was a tremendous day of NHL prop betting if you came here to Yardbarker for your picks, going 4-1 on our Shots on Goal (SOG) props. We look to keep the momentum rolling with a good-looking slate of targets. Jacob Trouba over 2.5 SOG (+130 DK)Trouba was an awesome cash Tuesday night at +140, hitting his SOG in the first period.The amazing thing is this is not an emotional or recency bias pick, the situation again behooves a bet on Trouba.Trouba has now covered his SOG in three straight games, with six-plus shot attempts in four straight.
Tuesday is a loaded night in hockey, which makes it easy to move on from Monday's struggles. We have 14 games on deck for Tuesday evening, and we're betting as such. © Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Wild star Kirill Kaprizov will look to keep his hot streak going Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
We'll keep our focus on Shots on Goal (SOG) props in the NHL for this Tuesday, and there's plenty to like across the board.
Kirill Kaprizov over 3.5 SOG (-110 DK)
Let's start with Kirill Kaprizov, who has been rolling, particularly at home. Kaprizov loves shooting on home ice, going over 3.5 shots in six straight and 12 of his last 14.
NHL Thursday bets: Brad Marchand-Sam Bennett among props to target
With nine games on the docket in the NHL, there are clear targets that pop up, so we'll be continuing our approach to find the best prop spots of the day. I've enjoyed digging into the hockey slate in the morning and following my initial instincts. With that in mind, these were the first four plays that stood out.Parlay: Brad Marchand over 2.5 SOG & Sam Bennett point (+166 DK)I need a piece of Brad Marchand Thursday at this number, a total he has surpassed in seven of his last eight at home and nine of 10 overall.He gets a good target to keep the shots up in New Jersey, who allow 33.
In a big game against Edmonton, I expect the volume to continue, and the Oilers allow 32.3 shots per game on the road in their last 10, a fine target for the evening.
John Carlson over 2.5 SOG (+110 DK)
I love the plus-money here for John Carlson, who has covered his shots prop in three straight games and six of his last 10.
I'm not going to overthink this one. He's hit in two of three games against the Flyers, and Philadelphia has been peppered by shots all season.
Philly also sees the seventh-most shots per game from defensemen, so Carlson should have his opportunities.
Logan Couture over 2.5 SOG (+100 DK)
Why we continue to see Couture at these odds is a question we should try to keep to ourselves. The man is on another level right now, hitting this prop in 11 of the past 13 games.
Panthers avoid upset by erasing four-goal deficit to beat Devils
The Panthers had to score five unanswered to erase a four-goal deficit in the third period and win in overtime, 7-6. © John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Gustav Forsling's second goal won the game for the Panthers in OT. Florida trailed 6-2 at the end of the second period, but got the comeback started with a goal from Brandon Montour five-and-a-half minutes in the third. Gustav Forsling cut the lead to two and then Aleksander Barkov scored back-to-back goals in the last five minutes to even the score and send the game to overtime. BARKY SENDS US TO OT! pic.twitter.
The road has been his friend, with three-plus shots in eight of 10, and he should see little resistance in a Nashville team allowing 33 shots per game at home in their last ten.
Josh Norris over 2.5 SOG (-145 DK)
The juice is starting to come with Norris, but I'm drinking it against Detroit. By this point, you should know how generous the Red Wings are to shots, but I'll drop the numbers to back it up.
In their last 10 home games, Detroit is allowing 35.7 shots per game.
Norris continues to roll, hitting his SOG in seven of eight. In two games against Detroit this year, Norris has finished with three and six SOG. We bank on him doing it again Tuesday night.
Kris Letang over 2.5 SOG (-110 DK)
I can keep Letang's write-up quite simple. He's hit his SOG in five straight and faces the Islanders, who are allowing the fourth-most shots per game to defensemen since March 1.
As a team, the Islanders are allowing 34.4 shots per game at home in their past 10, there should be plenty to go around for Letang to continue his streak.
NHL Sunday bets: Five plus-money props
Let's end this great week of NHL betting strong with some Shots on Goal (SOG) props. There are nine games on the schedule on Sunday, offering us plenty of shot value. © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel I have five bets loaded up, all in the plus-money variety. Let's get to the spots. Parlay: Dylan Larkin and Dougie Hamilton over 2.5 SOG (+167 DK)We start with a parlay for two players with solid location trends.Dylan Larkin has been much better on the road, hitting his SOG in nine of his last 12 games. His attempts also fly up on road ice for some reason, averaging 7.
Adrian Kempe over 2.5 SOG (-125 DK)
There's plenty of good options on the Los Angeles side, but I like Kempe, who has hit his SOG in eight of his last 10 and four of five on the road.
The attempts are solid, averaging seven per game in his past five, and Chicago has been a good shot target for some time now, allowing 34.4 per game at home their last 10.
Max Pacioretty over 3.5 SOG (+115 DK)
For those who have followed for awhile, Max Pacioretty should bring feelings of nostalgia around a simpler time.
Pacioretty began his season on an absolute tear, hitting his shots on goal with extreme regularity.
His production tapered off dramatically, but prior to a brief absence, his shots started coming again. Upon his return, he seemingly picked up right where he left off.
Pacioretty has played five games since March 6. If we throw out his March 11 game against Pittsburgh, as he got hurt early on and had to leave, the results are worth following.
Averaging eight attempts per game, Pacioretty covered his SOG each time, averaging five SOG in those games. He returned on Saturday and kept up the production, and I think he's officially back.
NHL Monday bets: Four props for the night
Targeting two shots on goal props and two points props on Monday's NHL slate.We'll look to continue that momentum into this fresh week with four props from Monday's NHL slate.
Tonight, he'll see a Vancouver team allowing 32.4 shots per game at home in their last 10. Let's keep this version of Pacioretty going Tuesday.
Leon Draisaitl over 3.5 SOG (+115 DK)
Draisaitl is rolling and they keep giving him to us at plus-money, so we'll just keep betting it.
Drai has now covered his SOG prop in seven of eight games, averaging an absurd 8.6 shot attempts per game in his last five.
Minnesota has been seeing more shots against them recently, 34.2 in their past five home games to be exact.
What puts this over the edge is power-play data. The Wild are averaging the sixth-most penalties per game in the last 10 games and Draisaitl is leading Edmonton in PP shots in their last 20 games, with 23 shots.
I'll add here that Draisaitl has also covered his SOG in both games against Minnesota this season.
Ryan Johansen over 1.5 SOG (-110 DK)
This one caught my eye on a second pass at these odds, as Johansen has now covered his shots prop in five straight games.
I don't usually go for the 1.5 lines, because they're so juiced, but at -110 I find this to be incredible value.
The Sharks are allowing 34 shots per game in their past 10 road games, a number that jumps to 36.2 when looking at their last five.
They are also letting up the second-most shots to the center position since March 1, and you guessed it, that is where Johansen slots in.
NHL Tuesday bets: Six shot on goal props
We split our picks Monday and will look to get back in the green on what is a loaded night of hockey. With so many games, we'll be upping the volume a bit. I have six players I like to hit their Shots on Goal (SOG) props Tuesday night, so let's get to the spots.Valeri Nichushkin over 2.5 SOG (-125 DK)We start with Valeri Nichushkin, who has been steady with his shots for Colorado.In a big game, the Avs will visit the Penguins, and Pittsburgh is allowing 32.2 shots per game in their last 10 at home.Pittsburgh is a very viable target, with their shots allowed numbers increasing when looking at just their last five splits.
Love the matchup and recent production to need just two shots.
Best of luck Tuesday night! Let's cash some NHL bets and get this week moving in the right direction.
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Every NHL team's likely next retired number
There are fewer honors greater for professional sports players than a team retiring their numbers, guaranteeing that no one else will ever wear it again. Just about every team in the league has at least a handful of retired or honored numbers, and now we are going to take a look at the next player for each NHL team who should have his jersey placed in the rafters. We are excluding players whose number retirements are scheduled for this season or next season and looking only at players who have not yet been announced.
Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (15)
When Getzlaf retires he is going to finish his career as the Ducks' all-time leader in games played, assists and total points while also being a Stanley Cup champion and longtime captain of the team. His peak may not have been as good as that of players like Paul Kariya or Teemu Selanne, but his overall resume is as complete as any other player the franchise has ever seen.
Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23)
Playing in Arizona and on a team that has not made the playoffs often, it can be easy to overlook Ekman-Larsson. But he is an outstanding top-pairing defenseman and has been the Coyotes' best all-around player from almost the day he arrived. He is a constant threat to score 20 goals as a defenseman and is one of the most best offensive blue-liners in the entire league. At this point it still seems like a stretch to think he will one day have his number retired, but he might be the next logical choice in the future.
Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron (37)
Bergeron is one of the best all-around players of his era and an all-time great Bruin. In his 16 years (and counting) with the team, he helped the Bruins win a Stanley Cup, play in two other Stanley Cup Finals, won four Selke Trophies as the league's best defensive forward and was the driving force behind one of the best defensive teams in the entire league. He's a Hall of Famer and worthy of joining all of the Bruins' all-time greats.
Calgary Flames: Theo Fleury (14)
No player has worn the No. 14 since Fleury last sported it during the 1999 season. So it is kind of a mystery as to why it has not actually been put in the rafters next to Mike Vernon's and Lanny McDonald's. Fleury helped the Flames win the Stanley Cup as a rookie during the 1988-89 season and then went on to be one of the most prolific scorers in franchise history.
Carolina Hurricanes: Eric Staal (12)
It is easy to forget just how good Staal was in the early part of his career with the Hurricanes. He scored 40 goals two different times, was a dominant two-way player and helped bring the Stanley Cup to Raleigh during the 2005-06 season. He is the best player the franchise has had since it relocated to North Carolina and was the best player on the franchise's only championship team.
Chicago Blackhawks: Steve Larmer (28)
There are a lot of Blackhawks fans who think this should have already happened. He may not have the Stanley Cup clout that the current core of Blackhawks has (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith), but those players are all still active and years away from being in a position to have their numbers retired. Larmer is also one of the best players in franchise history and helped turn the team into a Stanley Cup contender in the early 1990s, including the 1991-92 season when it actually reached the Stanley Cup Final.
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon (29)
Going far into the future here, but MacKinnon is probably going to be the next player to get this honor. The Avalanche have already retired most of the notable numbers from their championship era, and of the remaining core players from those teams (Chris Drury, Alex Tanguay) they probably did not play long enough in Colorado to warrant such an honor. MacKinnon, though, appears he is going to be with the Avalanche for the long haul and end up being one of the best players of his era. The Avalanche have a chance to bring the Stanley Cup back to Denver in the very near future, and if MacKinnon helps deliver that he will be an Avalanche legend.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Rick Nash (61)
Nash does not get anywhere near enough credit for how good of a player he was. A former No. 1 overall pick, Nash became the Blue Jackets' first star player and finished as the league's leading goal-scorer in just his second season in the NHL. He was a yearly threat to score 40 goals and was an outstanding two-way player who also developed into one of the league's best penalty killers. The Blue Jackets were never really able to build anything significant around him, but it does not take away from the fact he is the best player the team has ever had.
Detroit Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg (40)
You could make the argument that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk should probably both get their numbers retired together given their importance between the 2006 and 2015 seasons. They were the backbone of one of the league's best teams and among the best two-way players in the league during that time. I will give Zetterberg the edge as the player who followed Nicklas Lidstrom as team captain and for his 2008 Conn Smythe winning performance.
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid (97)
McDavid is going to be the NHL's best and most dominant player for the next decade and beyond. If the Oilers do not screw it up, he should help bring the Stanley Cup back to Edmonton at some point too. He will be with Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey among the franchise's all-time greats.
Florida Panthers: Pavel Bure (10)
This might be a stretch because Bure spent only parts of four seasons in Florida, while several players have worn the number since he played there (including currently Brett Connolly). But there is no denying the impact Bure made. He was probably the most high-profile superstar to play for the Panthers and was the most dominant goal-scorer in the league during his time there. He finished as the league's leading goal scorer twice and averaged 0.70 goals per game with the Panthers (a 57-goal pace over 82 games). He did that during the lowest goal-scoring era in NHL history. Just for perspective, the next highest goal per game average in the NHL during that stretch was Jaromir Jagr at 0.57 goals per game (a 46-goal pace per 82 games).
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar (11)
Kopitar helped bring the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles during the 2011-12 season and then did it again two years later. While Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams and Drew Doughty got most of the accolades for those championship runs, Kopitar was the best player on all of those teams and has been the best player on the team since making his debut. He is one of the franchise icons for what he helped bring to Los Angeles.
Minnesota Wild: Mikko Koivu (9)
Technically the only retired number for the Wild is No. 1 — for their fans. When it comes to finally retiring a number for a player, Koivu seems like he will be at the top of the list. He has spent more than 15 seasons in Minnesota and been a truly fantastic player. He is the franchise leader in games played, assists and total points and has been a complete all-around player every year as well as the team captain for 12 seasons and counting.
Nashville Predators: David Legwand (11)
The Predators have yet to retire a number, but if anyone is deserving of such an honor at this point it might be Legwand, the original Predator. He was their first draft pick and is still the franchise's all-time leader in every major category including games played, goals, assists and total points (all by a significant margin). He was never a superstar, but he was an outstanding player who helped build the Predators into a formidable NHL franchise. That counts for something.
New Jersey Devils: Scott Gomez (23)
Gomez does not get enough credit for how good he was in the early part of his career. Between 1999 and 2007, he was an elite playmaker and one of the best forwards on a multiple Stanley Cup winner in New Jersey. Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias are the other key players from that era to have their numbers retired by the Devils, and Gomez was right there with them in terms of importance.
New York Islanders: Pat LaFontaine (16)
LaFontaine just missed the Islanders dynasty, making his debut with the team during the 1983-84 season (they lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final that year), but he is still one of the greatest players in franchise history and one of the best American-born players of all-time.
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (30)
Lundqvist's short-term future with the Rangers remains in doubt beyond this season, but here is what is not in doubt: He is the best goalie the team has ever seen and has been the best goalie of his era. The only disappointing part of his tenure with the Rangers is that he did not win a Stanley Cup with the team. He did lead the Rangers to one Stanley Cup Final during the 2013-14 season and helped carry the team to contention almost every year he was their starting goalie.
Ottawa Senators: Erik Karlsson (65)
A true superstar during his time with the Senators, Karlsson won two Norris Trophies, was a runner-up two additional times (probably should have won the award in each of those seasons, too) and at his peak, he was the most impactful defenseman the NHL had seen since the days of Bobby Orr. He was that good in Ottawa. His best stretch came during the 2016-17 season when he almost single-handedly carried the team to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final...while playing injured. He was so good that postseason that he actually earned a Conn Smythe Trophy vote even though his team did not reach the Stanley Cup Final. That is respect. It is also dominance.
Philadelphia Flyers: Reggie Leach (27)
It might be a little late in the game for this one since 16 different players have worn the number since Leach last did, but he was a pretty significant part of Flyers history. Leach owns the franchise record for goals in a season (61) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy during their most recent Stanley Cup win in the 1974-75 season.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Jaromir Jagr (68)
This has to happen. There was some bitterness with the way Jagr left the Penguins two decades ago, and he was still active playing for opponents as recently as a couple of years ago, but there is no way the Penguins cannot retire this number. Jagr helped bring two Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh and was one of the two or three best players in the league (sometimes the best) for his entire tenure with the team. At worst he is the third-best player in franchise history behind only Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby.
San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau (12)
Both Marleau and Joe Thornton (19) are going to have their numbers retired at some point by the Sharks. It seems like a given. But Marleau might get that honor first because he was drafted by the team and is the franchise leader in games played, goals and total points. He never won the Stanley Cup in San Jose, but he did help the team reach the Stanley Cup Final during the 2015-16 season. Not only is he one of the Sharks' franchise legends, he is one of the most underappreciated players across the league for his era.
St. Louis Blues: Alex Pietrangelo (27)
Pietrangelo has been a rock on the Blues defense for more than a decade and was the captain of the first-ever Stanley Cup winning team in franchise history. That is exactly the type of player who gets a number retired by a team. He will one day join Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger among the team's all-time great defensemen who have their numbers retired for the Blues.
Tampa Bay Lighting: Steven Stamkos (91)
Stamkos has been the second-best goal scorer of his era, trailing only Alex Ovechkin. He is already one of the greatest players in Lightning history and is one of their biggest superstars. He now also now has a Stanley Cup win on his resume. When it is all said and done, he might be the greatest player in Tampa Bay franchise history.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews (34)
The Maple Leafs have either retired or "honored" several numbers of former players and have included pretty much every noteworthy player from their past. So we will look far into the future and go with Matthews, who has already shown that he is one of the best goal-scorers in the league. If he helps bring the Stanley Cup back to Toronto, his status among the team greats will forever be cemented.
Vancouver Canucks: Alexander Edler (23)
Edler has never really received a ton of national attention during his career, but he has been one of the best defensemen in the history of the franchise and a key piece during one of the most successful eras the Canucks have ever seen. Now that Henrik and Daniel Sedin have had their numbers retired, Edler might be the next logical choice in the future.
Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-Andre Fleury (29)
When the Golden Knights acquired Fleury in the expansion draft he immediately became their franchise player. He has been the cornerstone piece of the team both on and off the ice in its first three years and helped backstop the team to the Stanley Cup Final in its first year of existence. He was one of their first players. He is their first superstar. He will be their first retired number.
Washington Capitals: Peter Bondra (12)
In the future you know Alex Ovechkin will have his No. 8 retired. That is a given. But that is still probably a decade or so away from happening, as Ovechkin still has several more dominant years ahead of him in the NHL. In the meantime, another Capitals superstar from their past is probably long overdue for having his number go to the rafters — Bondra. He is a 500-goal scorer and was an absolute superstar for the Capitals throughout the 1990s. He won two goal-scoring crowns for the Capitals and was one of the league's most dominant goal scorers between the 1990 and 2002 seasons. Given how great he was, it is kind of a surprise his number is not already retired by the Capitals.
Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler (26)
The current version of the Jets (the one that moved from Atlanta in 2012) has not retired any numbers, but they do have one obvious candidate for that honor in the future. Wheeler has been one of the league's most underrated players this decade and one of the top point producers in the league. He has been the face of the franchise, their captain, their leader and the team's all-time leading point producer. Seems like a slam dunk in the future.
NHL bet of the night: Bring on the Dallas goals .
We have a loaded NHL slate on this Tuesday evening, and one game in particular has us considering a few different betting angles. © Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Dallas Stars defenseman Ryan Suter (20) and center Joe Pavelski (16) The best approach may depend on the sportsbook available to you, but the game here is the Montreal Canadiens at the Dallas Stars, with puck drop set for 8:30 PM ET. Numbers Suggest Dallas Goals Are ComingA simple look at goal-scoring tendencies shows a wide disparity that offers betting opportunity.