Best NHL player prop bets on Thursday night: Killorn, Eichel and more
Mike Ortiz Jr. makes his NHL prop picks and predictions for Thursday night of the 2023 NHL Playoffs with four best bets.
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Best NHL Player Prop Bets Tonight – Thursday, April 27th
Alex Killorn The 33-year-old veteran scored the first and last goals for the Lightning when they built up a huge 4-1 lead over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. It appeared that would be enough to tie this series at 2-2. However, the Maple Leafs’ resilience in the third period was too much for the Lightning to overcome, and Toronto stormed back for a 5-4 overtime win. Despite Killorn’s Game 4 performance, the Leafs’ attention will likely shift back to Lightning forwards Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos on Thursday night, since they were Tampa Bay’s two leading goal-scorers during the regular season. I find it hard to stop focusing on Killorn, who had great success against Toronto on Monday night. It was the first game in the series where Killorn had more than one shot on goal, and that worked out well for him. I expect the Lightning to give Killorn more opportunities in Game 5 on Thursday night, which means his current prop total for shots on goal is too low.
The Pick: Alex Killorn over 1.5 shots on goal (-134)
Jack HughesThe New York Rangers have allowed the fewest goals per game of any NHL team in this postseason. Despite the Rangers’ stellar defensive play, New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes has had great success against New York -- scoring a goal in three out the first four games. While the Rangers defense has been outstanding, expect Hughes to continue his aggressiveness in this series as he looks to put on a show for his home crowd on Thursday night. In Game 1, Hughes only fired three shots on goal, but he still managed to score. He has gone on to take five or more shots on goal in each game since the opener. The opportunity has been there for Hughes and will be there for him again on Thursday night.
The Pick: Jack Hughes anytime goalscorer (+115)
Chris KreiderWinger Chris Kreider, the second-leading goal-scorer for the New York Rangers during the regular season, was one of the main reasons that his team jumped out to a 2-0 series lead at New Jersey. Kreider scored two goals in each of the series’ first two games. Since then, he has had just one goal over the past two games, which is a big reason the Rangers find themselves tied 2-2 with the Devils as they prepare to visit New Jersey for Game 5 on Thursday night. While the team’s game plan will -- and should -- be to get the puck to Kreider, look for him to be more aggressive in this game, since he has registered only two shots on goal over the past two.
The Pick: Chris Kreider over 2.5 shots on goal (-105)
Jack EichelApart from Game 1, when the Vegas Golden Knights only had 17 shots on goal, Vegas has turned it up a notch in this playoff series against Winnipeg -– firing 39, 48, and 30 shots on goal over the past three games. The Winnipeg defense, backed up by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, was one reason the team was able to secure the final Western Conference playoff spot. However, Hellebuyck and the Jets have not been able to handle the Golden Knights’ aggressiveness over the past three games. Eichel has scored three goals on 16 shots in the series so far. Look for him to lead the way in another aggressive showing by the Golden Knights as they try to close out this series at home on Thursday night.
The Pick: Jack Eichel over 3.5 shots on goal (-105)
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