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The NHL returns tonight after the NHL All-Star weekend and break. There will be two high-volume doubleheaders tonight with one of them being a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview. These games have great value not only in the race to the playoffs but also in the sports betting industry through player props on DraftKings. Two star-players on their teams should have a huge performance past the All-Star weekend.
Here are our favorite NHL player prop picks for Monday.
The NHL starts right back up after a wild All-Star weekend with the New York Islanders taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto. This game has the potential to be a high-scoring game based on the lack of reliability in the Maple Leafs and Islanders’ defense.
If there is a game to get the Islanders back on track offensively, it would be tonight. To do so, they will need their best offensive playmaker in defender Noah Dobson to step up great scoring opportunities.
In 13 games played in January, Dobson accounted for 17 total, with all of them coming as assists. He has accounted for 52 total points this season, with 46 of them (tied for fifth-most in the league) coming from assists.
The Maple Leafs have allowed only six goals in the last three games and have the potential to learn from their defensive flaws over the break. Dobson should at least get some success with the offense rolling for the Islanders
One of the hottest teams in the NHL in the Colorado Avalanche and one of the hottest players in the NHL in Nathan MacKinnon is set to return after the All-Star break on Monday. The Avalanche are going on the road to take on the New York Rangers in a potential Stanley Cup finals preview.
In 12 games played this January, MacKinnon accounted for 26 total points, with twelve of them being goals. He is on a hot streak as he has accounted for 14 points in his last five regular-season games and two more goals in the NHL All-Star Game.
The Rangers are coming into this game with the ninth-ranked scoring defense (2.86). In the 14 games played in January, the Rangers have slipped in defensive productivity as they have allowed 47 goals (an average of 3.4 goals per game).
MacKinnon’s streak should continue well into the regular season games after the NHL All-Star Break.
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