Best NHL Player Prop Bets for Thursday, January 19th

January 19, 2023 11:26 AM
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Thursday’s NHL schedule is filled with 13 games and there are plenty of betting opportunities, specifically NHL player prop betting. There’s will be no shortage of star power in action, but as usual, I’m looking to target players that are undervalued and flying under the radar.

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Best NHL Player Prop Bets for Thursday, January 19th

·      Mason McTavish Over 0.5 Points -115

Troy Terry (36) and Trevor Zegras (35) lead the Ducks and, year-to-date, it doesn’t look like Mason McTavish (27) is on their level. Betting markets back that up, too, as both Terry and Zegras are likely to score points, according to the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. However, over the last two months, McTavish has produced as many points (19) as Zegras and more than Terry (16).

Player

Over 0.5 Points

Points Per 60

Mason McTavish

-115

2.5

Trevor Zegras

-155

2.08

Tory Terry

-175

1.73

Anaheim is not a good hockey team, but the Blue Jackets have averaged 35 shots against per game at home this season and rank among the bottom-10 teams in goals against over the last month. The Ducks will have opportunities to create offense on Thursday and due to his central role on the top line and the top power play unit, McTavish is a lot more likely to factor in on the scoring than the odds suggest.

·      Carter Verhaeghe Over 0.5 Points -135

Matthew Tkachuk will be a popular pick to score on Thursday, but bettors shouldn’t overlook his linemate, Carter Verhaeghe. Sure, Verhaeghe doesn’t typically see time on the No. 1 power play unit with Tkachuk, but he’s put up 20 points in 26 road games this season and his ice time has increased a lot since the start of December. Verhaeghe has scored 59 percent of the games during that stretch.

Montreal has allowed just four goals combined in its last three games but it’s going to be difficult to maintain their defensive posture when they host the Panthers on Thursday. After all, the Canadiens allowed four goals per game on average in the 20 games prior and rank as the sixth-only five teams have given up more goals per 60 minutes so far this season.

The line of Verhaeghe, Tkachuk and Sam Bennett has been generating more than four goals per 60 minutes while on the ice together at five-on-five and they should dominate whichever line they matchup against on Thursday. Verhaeghe isn’t as likely to produce as Tkachuk, but -135 undersells his potential in a game against a weak opponent like the Canadiens.

Record

Wins: 6

Losses: 2

Units Won: +4.05 units

ROI: 40 percent

All bets tracked via third-party app Betstamp.

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