Do you have a good feeling about a player heading into the second round of the NHL playoffs? You can profit on that intuition if you’re willing to wager a few dollars as a few books have tossed up some individual player props.
I’ve picked through the lot and broken down my two favorite OVER/UNDER player point props from BetOnline:
Alex Ovechkin OVER/UNDER 5.5 Points
Most consider him to be the greatest finisher of his generation and for all the goals he’s scored, Alex Ovechkin has never buried the one he’s been shooting for ever since he entered the NHL in 2005 and that’s beating Sidney Crosby in the playoffs.
BetOnline has set Ovi’s O/U point total for the Caps’ series with the Penguins at 5.5 and I think the Great 8 eclipses this total easily. The Russian sniper has never been more motivated to beat his Canadian rival and with the clock ticking, his time to beat Crosby and finally advance to the conference finals is running out.
No. 8 had just three points (all goals) in six games against the Leafs in Round 1 but he ran into a hot goaltender in Freddy Andersen. Ovi scored on just 10.7 percent of his shots but I expect that number to go way up against Marc-Andre Fleury.
Ovi had five points in four games against the Pens in the regular season and with Fleury and Matt Murray both earning save percentages under .900 in those four games, Ovechkin could be served to an all-you-can-eat buffet in this best-of-seven.
Leon Draisaitl OVER/UNDER 5.5 Points
Leon Draisaitl, the German wunderkind, is likely going to be the most important player in the Oilers’ Round 2 matchup with the Ducks – win or lose. Draisaitl, like Ovechkin, had just three points in the first round but it wasn’t until he was paired up with Connor McDavid that his game-breaking skill shone through.
With McDavid likely limited by a matchup with Ryan Kesler, Draisaitl should have a ton of open ice to work with and I suspect that translates into a beer stein full of points – take the OVER.
Leon had six goals and eight points in just five games against the Ducks in the regular season and he beat Anaheim goaltending on 40 percent of his shots. It’s easy to forget just how good this European sensation is when he’s living in the shadow of a superstar like McDavid.