3 NHL Player Prop Bets to Target on Wednesday 2/21/24

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

Jeff Skinner To Score a Goal (+200)

The Buffalo Sabres have a solid 3.46 implied goal total against the Montreal Canadiens, in what should be a higher-scoring game.

With lackluster defenses on both sides, it won't be a surprise to see this as a sloppy back-and-forth game with plenty of scoring. Since the start of February, the Canadiens are allowing 3.47 Goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is the fifth worst in the league.

On top of that, the Canadiens have also allowed the eighth-most (63.62) Total Shot Attempts per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. They give up a ton of shots and a ton of goals, a recipe for a lot of goals.

This puts the Sabres and Jeff Skinner in a great spot to score. Surprisingly, Skinner has no goals over his last 10 games, despite seeing time on the first forward line and the first power-play unit.

Skinner has a chance to get back on the scoresheet tonight, something he has done three times in three games against the Canadiens this season.

Travis Konecny Over 3.5 Shots on Goal (-118)

With a very soft matchup, the Philadelphia Flyers should dominate the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

Since the start of the month, the Blackhawks have allowed 63.0 Total Shot Attempts per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is good for the 10th-worst in the league. This is where they've been all season and will continue to offer value to the opposing team's shot props.

The Flyers are in the midst of a very tight playoff race and come into this game on a two-game losing streak. I love this as a bounceback spot for them to come out hungry for the win and pile up the offense along the way.

This leads me to Travis Konecny, who is averaging 3.28 shots on goal per game this season and has a total of 31 shots on goal in his last 10 games.

With a role on the second forward line and the first power-play unit, Konecny has been one of the drivers of their offense this season, which we should see on full display tonight.

Kirill Marchenko Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-115)

While the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks aren't great teams, they offer value in the prop market.

Despite being one of the worst teams in the league, the Blue Jackets have some surprisingly strong underlying metrics.

In February, the Blue Jackets' offense is generating 70.0 Total Shot Attempts per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is the second-best in the entire NHL. They are also in the top seven of the league for High Danger Scoring Chances created in the same situations.

These are often numbers you would see for a Stanley Cup contender, not a team looking at the draft lottery.

While Kirill Marchenko isn't a household name, the second-year player leads the Blue Jackets with 133 shots on goal this season, or 2.55 per game. He's had at least two shots on goal in nine of his last 10 games and three shots on goal six times in that stretch.

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