Four first round Stanley Cup Playoff series could come to a close tonight. The Bruins host the Hurricanes. The Maple Leafs visit Tampa Bay. St. Louis entertains Minnesota and the Kings welcome the Oilers to Los Angeles. Here’s four prop bets for tonight’s NHL action.
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Adrian Kempe Over 3.5 Shots -112
Kempe has been a thorn in the Oilers side all series long, but especially in Game 5 where he torched Edmonton for two goals including the game winner in overtime.
In the last three games, Kempe has 22 shot attempts and 16 shots on goal. The Oilers will be without star defenceman Darnell Nurse as he was suspended one game for headbutting Kings centre Philip Danault in Game 5. That should make Edmonton even weaker defensively and open up opportunities for the speedy Kings winger.
Patrice Bergeron Over 0.5 Goals +200
The home team has won every game in this series and tonight’s Boston is back at TD Garden where they scored nine goals combined in Games 3 and 4 against Carolina. The Bruins captain has three goals in these playoffs, but should probably have more considering he leads the NHL with 18 high-danger scoring chances. Playing alongside David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on “The Perfection Line”, Bergeron should get plenty of opportunities to score in this must-win for Boston.
William Nylander Over 0.5 Power Play Points +165
A win tonight will put the Maple Leafs into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004. If they plan on getting the job done in Tampa, they’ll need at least one of their big guns to step up. Nylander has taken some heat in this series for his inconsistency, but he does have three goals and five points (two on the power play) in the last two games. The referees continue to call everything in this series making special teams wildly important. During the regular season, Nylander led the team with 31 power play points. If the Maple Leafs are to have success with the man advantage tonight, Nylander will have to play a big part.
Justin Faulk Over 2.5 Shots +130
I’m going back to the well on Faulk. The Blues defenceman didn’t come through with a power play point in Game 5, but was a dynamic offensive player in that game registering nine shot attempts (three on goal) and two assists. With teammate Torey Krug unlikely to play again due to injury, Faulk will get a ton of ice time once again and be in the mix when St. Louis is on the offensive side of the ice.