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3 NHL Player Prop Bets to Target on Tuesday 2/20/24

Tom Vecchio
Tom Vecchio@Tom_Vecchio1

Player props can be useful in a variety of ways -- from taking advantage of them straight up to measuring a player's potential to produce in daily fantasy hockey on FanDuel. Here, we're going to focus on the former.

Utilizing numberFire's projections as a guide, here are some NHL player props bets that look appealing via the NHL odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Please note that betting lines and numberFire's projections may change throughout the day after this article is published.

NHL Prop Bets

Viktor Arvidsson To Score a Goal (+185)

The Los Angeles Kings have a slate-high 3.87 implied goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which is a great matchup for some goals.

After a bit of an up-and-down middle portion of the season, the Kings have found their groove, having scored three goals or more in six of their last 10 games. That is what we should be expecting tonight, which leads me to Viktor Arvidsson for a goal.

Arvidsson made his season debut just last week and has only three games under his belt, after starting the year on Injured Reserve. In these three games, Arvidsson has a solid 12 shots on goal, while seeing time on the second forward line and the first power-play unit.

He has no goals in these three games but has historically shown to be good for 20-30 goals on a yearly basis.

When it comes to the Blue Jackets' defense, they've allowed 2.92 Goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is the fourth worst in the league this season, along with the fifth-most (64.8) Total Shot Attempts Allowed.

Arvidsson plays a primary offensive role, has a favorable defensive matchup to continue firing the puck and look for his first goal of the season.

Kyle Connor To Score a Goal (+140)

A strong role and great shot volume always make Kyle Connor a threat to score.

Connor is the best goal-scorer on the Winnipeg Jets but is on the bad side of variance right now. Over his last 10 games, he has a very strong 32 shots on goal, but just a single goal to show for it. That's not what we expect from a player who's posted 19 goals in 37 games this season, while on the top forward line and the first power-play unit.

He's shooting the puck at the same rate, he's just not finding the back of the net. Hopefully, that will change tonight against the Minnesota Wild, who have allowed 2.49 Goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations over the last three weeks, which is the 12th-worst in the league.

Having a single goal over 10 games is far from the norm for Connor, who should look to jump on a struggling defense that gave up 10 goals yesterday.

Joe Pavelski Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (+100)

The Dallas Stars have a 3.09 implied goal total against the New York Rangers, in what should be an open and back-and-forth game tonight.

Over the last three weeks, both teams are in the bottom 11 of the league for Total Shot Attempts Allowed per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. During that same time, the Stars' offense is generating the 11th-most (62.6) Total Shot Attempts in the same situations.

Both teams can move the puck and apply plenty of pressure on offense, which is what we should see the Stars aim for tonight. They come in on a two-game losing streak, which they can't let get out of control amid a very close Central Division race.

This brings me to Joe Pavelski, who has been over this 2.5 mark in half of his last 10 games. A total of 28 shots on goal during that span is what we expect for a player on the first forward line and the first power-play unit.


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