Best NHL Prop Bets Today | NHL Player Props, February 1

Written by: Max Heering
Updated February 1, 2023
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Best NHL Prop Bets

Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Brad Marchand O 2.5 Shots on Goal -135 (DraftKings)

Brad Marchand is no longer a young man. The Bruin is 34 years old and has been in the NHL since 2009. However, he is still quite productive and a valued member of this stellar Bruins squad. Bet on Marchand to have three shots or more in this game.

There are a few reasons Marchand will hit the over. For starters, he is averaging nearly 2.7 shots per game. More often than not, Marchand is shooting more than 2.5 times per game. He shot twice in his previous game against the Carolina Hurricanes but put four shots on goal in his two games before that. If that is not convincing enough, I will add this. Marchand shoots more on the road and averages 3.14 shots per game away from the TD Garden. 

Marchand has also taken six shots in his two games against the Maple Leafs this season. I do not need to say much else. All signs point towards the over.

David Pastrnak U 1.5 Points -240 (DraftKings)

This will be your safest bet of the day. David Pastrnak is the best offensive player on the Boston Bruins. The 26-year-old has an absurd 71 points in 50 games. However, I do not have enough faith in him to have two or more points in this game. Bet on the under.

David Pastrnak is an excellent player, but he has slowed down a little in his last couple of games. He went without a point in his last game against the Hurricanes and only had one point each in his two games before that. I expect him to return to form soon, but not in this game.

Pastrnak has faced the Maple Leafs twice this season. His +/- for these two games is one, but his production has been slow. The winger only has one goal in those two matchups. I would not be surprised if he ends up with a goal or assist in this game, but two points are highly unlikely. Bet on the under.

Charlie McAvoy U 0.5 Assists -150 (DraftKings)

Charlie McAvoy is a defenseman and rarely scores. However, he is a strong passer and knows when to make the correct pass. With that being said, I do not expect him to have an assist in this game. Bet on the under.

Charlie McAvoy comes into this game with 27 assists.  However, an interesting pattern is developing around his assists. McAvoy rarely has an assist in three straight games. He sometimes does not even have them in two straight games. He finished his previous game with an assist but failed to record one in his two games prior to that.

McAvoy failed to record an assist the last time he faced the Maple Leafs. That does not guarantee he will not have one in this game, but it is telling. The numbers do not point toward him having an assist. Bet on the under.

John Tavares O 0.5 Points -175 (DraftKings)

We are on to our final prop bet of the day, and I will keep this one shot. John Tavares will have at least one point in this game. Bet on the over.

John Tavares enters this game with 21 goals and 30 assists. He is averaging exactly one assist per game and has at least one point in his previous four games. That is not all too convincing, so I will add this. The Maple Leafs will be without Auston Matthews, so Tavares will have to shoulder more of the offensive load. He will have more opportunities to set up his teammates and score. Bet on the over.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres

Alex Tuch U 2.5 Shots on Goal -105 (DraftKings)

Alex Tuch is an interesting player. The winger is having a great season but is not talked about all too much because he plays behind Tage Thompson. However, he is performing at a very high level. That said, I would not bet on him to have three or more shots in this game. Bet on the under.

Tuch comes into this game with 23 goals and 31 assists in 49 games. You cannot argue that those numbers are not impressive. He is also averaging nearly three shots a game. However, he will be facing a Hurricanes squad with some impressive defensemen. The Hurricanes only allow 26.3 shots a game from their opponents. That is very few and makes it difficult for any team to score. In case that is not enough, I will add this. 

Tuch did not register a shot on goal in the Sabres’ first game against the Hurricanes this season. I do not expect that to happen again, but I also do not expect him to shoot three times. Bet on the under.

Brent Burns O 0.5 Points -135 (DraftKings)

Brent Burns is over the hill but still has a few productive seasons left in him. The defenseman is not the brick wall he once was, but he still plays at a high level. More importantly, Burns is one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL. He will have at least one point today. Bet on the over.

Brent Burns comes into this game with nine goals and 27 assists. He also had an excellent game last night against the Los Angeles Kings and finished with a goal and an assist. I do not expect another two-point night from Burns, but one seems quite likely.

Burns will be facing a Sabres team with one of the worst defenses in the NHL. The Sabres give up 3.35 goals per game and allow five goals per game more often than they should. If you combine Burns’ strong last game with the Sabres’ poor defense, you can see why you should bet the over.

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