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Only three NHL games are being played tonight as these games range from potential blowouts to potentially close outcomes. Tonight’s games should be a great opportunity for casual NHL fans and sports bettors to potentially earn winnings through sportsbooks on player props.
Here are our favorite NHL player prop picks for Wednesday.
The first matchup of the night could be an Eastern Conference playoff battle when the postseason starts as the Detroit Red Wings go on the road to take on the Florida Panthers. The Red Wings possess the fourth-ranked scoring offense (3.56) while the Panthers possess the fourth-ranked scoring defense (2.56).
This game is going to come down to the matchup on the other side of the ice. The Panthers come into this game with an effective, conservative offense ranking 16th in the league in goals per game (3.36). Detroit, on the other hand, possesses a defense that could limit their postseason success as they allow an average of 3.35 goals per game (25th in the league).
Panthers center Sam Reinhart is a player that has been the most effective player for an offense that waits for excellent scoring opportunities. In 43 games played this season, Reinhart has accumulated 55 points, with 32 coming from goals and 23 from assists.
He has accounted for two or more points in three of the seven games played in January and five in the last ten games played. All five of those games have been against teams, who are considered serious Stanley Cup Finals contenders. Reinhart plays big in big games.
Another early game matchup tonight will feature the Montreal Canadiens going on the road to take on the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are playing their fifth game since the upper body injury to star center Jack Hughes.
This game has a chance has a great opportunity to be a high-scoring matchup, with Montreal and New Jersey both possessing two of the least efficient defenses in the league. The Canadiens allow an average of 3.35 goals per game, 24th in the league. The Devils are ranked 28th in goals allowed per game (3.49).
The Canadiens do not possess a reliable offense as they only average 2.7 goals per game. There have been good moments for the Canadiens offensively, especially in January.
Center Sean Monahan has accounted for four total points in the seven games played in January. In the three wins in January that the Canadiens have won, Monahan has accounted for a goal or an assist. If Montreal wants a chance for an upset, Monahan has to be a key contributor to the offense
Both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Buffalo Sabres have a chance to make a statement in this game with it being nationally televised. This is, however, despite being a matchup with the worst combined records of the night.
The Sabres should have a great shot at multiple scores against a bad Blackhawks team. Chicago is ranked 29th in the league in goals allowed per game (3.65) due to the lack of established talent throughout the ice. It doesn’t help that Blackhawks star center Connor Bedard is still out due to a broken jaw. Finally, the Blackhawks are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks the night before, potentially leaving them fatigued.
In the six games of January, center Casey Mittelstadt has accounted for a team-high seven points with two being goals and a team-high five assists. He is a player who is going to set the tempo and create scoring opportunities for the Sabres.
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