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Best NHL Prop Bets Today | NHL Player Props, May 5

Written by: Max Heering
Published May 5, 2023
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NHL Player Props May 5

New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes

Seth Jarvis U 2.5 Shots on Goal -140 (BetMGM)

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Our first prop bet of the day will take us to Raleigh, North Carolina. This is the only game on slate today, so all three of today’s prop bets will come from this matchup. The Hurricanes dominated the Devils in Game One and won 5-1. Brett Pesce and Seth Jarvis scored two goals in the first period, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a goal in the second. Carolina did not stop there. Brady Skjei scored a goal with a little less than ten minutes left, and Jesper Fast finished out the scoring with an empty net goal. Carolina held the Devils to only 18 shots, and Nathan Bastian was the only Devil that scored.

This prop will focus on the Hurricanes’ Seth Jarvis. Jarvis did not excel in his second season in the NHL, but he also was not horrible. The 21-year-old finished the regular season with 14 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. He had some flashes of brilliance, but overall, he was not a huge threat. The center is not much of a shooter and will finish this game with two shots or fewer. Bet on the under.

Jarvis only shot once in Game One and averaged 2.5 shots per game against the Devils during the season. There are certain teams he shoots a lot against, and the Devils are not one of them. Jarvis also only averaged 2.28 shots per game. Since he has never been a prolific shooter and is facing a tough Devils’ defense, he will have two or fewer shots in this game. Bet on the under.

New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes

Brett Pesce O 1.5 Shots on Goal -130 (FanDuel)

We will look at the Hurricanes’ Brett Pesce for our second bet of the day. Pesce is one of the Hurricanes’ better defensemen and is averaging over 21 minutes a game on the ice. His offensive production has been pretty limited, but the over/under is set pretty low at 1.5 shots, so I would push for the over.

Pesce is averaging 2.14 shots per game in the Playoffs. He only shot once in Game One of this series, but the whole Hurricanes team did not shoot too much. Even though they scored five goals, they only put up 23 shots. I expect Carolina to shoot more in Game Two, so it is reasonable to expect Pesce to put another shot on goal. Bet on the over.

New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes

Brent Burns U 0.5 Assists -145 (DraftKings)

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We will go from Brett Pesce to Brent Burns for our third and final prop bet of the day. Burns, like Pesce, is a Hurricanes’ defenseman. Even though Burns is 38 years old, he still leads the Hurricanes in ice time and averages over 23 minutes a game. Burns had solid offensive production at the beginning of the Playoffs but has slowed down. He will finish this game without an assist. Bet on the under,

Burns had four assists through his first two first Playoff games. However, he has only had one assist since then. The Ontario native was averaging over 0.5 assists per game in the Playoffs but has not had the fortune of having an assist in his previous three games. The Hurricanes have put up nine combined goals in these games, so Burns has opportunities to make a big pass. Since Burns is slumping offensively, I would not expect an assist. Bet on the under.

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