NHL Friday player props: 3 forwards to back
We only have three games to work with tonight. While not much pops off the page in terms of sides or totals, a few shot props appeal to me.
Let's break them down.
Jonathan Huberdeau over 2.5 shots on goal (-125)
By comparison, Huberdeau recorded fewer than three shots in nine of 14 games (64%) on the road and generated only 2.1 shots per game in those contests.
There's a huge discrepancy between his shot volume at home and on the road. While the Dallas Stars are a strong defensive team, Huberdeau recently hit against quality sides like the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. The opponent hasn't mattered as much as the location of the game.
I like Huberdeau to get it done again tonight.
Kevin Fiala over 3.5 shots on goal (+105)
Fiala has been very successful on home soil all season long, going over the number in nine of 15 games (60%) and registering at least three shots in 14 of 15. He's hitting at a good rate and coming within striking distance almost every night.
I expect no different against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. They've been a pleasant surprise this season, but it's not because of their shot-suppression abilities - especially not on the road. They're 23rd in shots against per road contest this season.
Look for Fiala to take advantage.
Nathan MacKinnon over 4.5 shots on goal (+110)
I know, I know. It's a big number. But hear me out: Nathan MacKinnon has registered at least five shots on goal in nine of his last 10 home games. He's averaged 6.3 shots in that span and a whopping 7.6 over his last five.
With Gabriel Landeskog out, a bit more of the offensive load falls on MacKinnon's shoulders. He is also in a great spot against an Arizona Coyotes team that really struggles to defend. They gave up 46 shots to the Toronto Maple Leafs last time out (five to Auston Matthews, four to John Tavares; the star centers popped) and I expect a similar performance against this powerhouse Colorado Avalanche team.
Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.
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