NHL Player Props: Opening Night

Hockey is here. The NHL drops the pucks tonight with four juicy matchups to get the betting ball rolling but if pucklines and total bets don’t get your blood pumping, try your hand at home props. Multiple online books have proposition bets but I’ve listed my favorite bets for tonight below.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators

The Sens are heavily favored in this one and the computer actually has them winning by three goals. Toronto is basically a brand new team and it could take a significant adjustment period to get everyone on the same page. Toronto gave up a barrel of shots last year and they are going to do the same until their young defensive corps gets some more NHL experience. Sportsbook is offering a -115 line for Frederik Andersen to stop more than 28 shots and I think that cash is easy.

Total Saves: Frederik Andersen
  • Over 28 (-115) 
  • Under 28 (-115) 
Odds as of October 12 at Sportsbook

 St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks

There’s not a ton of lines I like in this game so I’m going with a long-shot wager of Vladimir Tarasenko to score two or more goals at +600 value on Sportsbook. The Tarasenk-show scored twice against the Hawks in the Blues’ last regular season game and he seems to always score in bunches. This Russian-born sniper is my pick to usurp Alex Ovechkin as the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Sportsbook this year and I’m predicting he gets that campaign off to a good start tonight.

Will Vladimir Tarasenko score two or more goals in this game?
  • Yes +600
  • No -1200
Odds as of October 12 at Sportsbook

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

Both these teams are dominated by young up-and-coming players and should put on a show tonight. The two top lines of Eberle-McDavid-Lucic and Gaudreau-Monahan-Versteeg could each score multiple goals but I’m especially bullish on Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan tonight in my daily fantasy lineups. The props I’m targeting here are Johnny Hockey to outscore Connor McDavid and Monahan to outscore Jordan Eberle. You can find those propositions on Sportsbook at +150 a piece.

Who will record points in the game?
  • Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) +150
  • Tie +225
  • Connor McDavid (EDM) +125
Odds as of October 12 at Sportsbook
Who will record points in the game?
  • Sean Monahan (CAL) +150
  • Tie +200
  • Jordan Eberle (EDM) +140
Odds as of October 12 at Sportsbook

LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks

The Stanley Cup runners-up host the Kings in their first game of the season and this one’s hard to read. LA’s defensive style is unlikely to waver this season and the Sharks were awful at home last year. I am one of the biggest Jonathan Quick haters out there but I think he has a chance to toss a shutout bid tonight. Actually, I think either goalie could post a no-no so putting a sprinkle on both Quick and Martin Jones would net you a nice profit even if only one holds the opposition to a goose egg.

Will Jonathan Quick (LA) record a shutout in the game?
  • Yes +750
  • No -1800
Odds as of October 12 at Sportsbook
Will Martin Jones (SJ) record a shutout in the game?
  • Yes +800
  • No -2000
Odds as of October 12 at Sportsbook