Stanley Cup Final prop bets: MacKinnon due to score his first of the final

Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon (29) warms up for Game 1 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Denver. (John Locher/AP)

Indisputably, Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final stands to be a massive ‘swing’ game.

Either the Colorado Avalanche will grab a commanding 3-1 series lead tonight or the Tampa Bay Lightning will tie things up and set up a best-of-three moving forward.

Back in Game 3 on Monday night, the Lightning smothered the Avalanche 6-2 to win their eighth straight home game. The Bolts haven’t lost at Amalie Arena since way back on May 6 in the opening round of the playoffs when they dropped Game 3 against Toronto.

In the meantime, Colorado, who had its seven-game road winning streak to start the postseason snapped, has a 7-1 record away from Ball Arena.

Now that you’re up to date, here are some prop bets to consider:

 

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PROP #1: Nathan MacKinnon Anytime Goal (+170) + Over 4.5 SOG (-140)

Three games into his first Stanley Cup Final appearance, MacKinnon has yet to score, and he’d probably be the first to tell you that he’s been fighting it a bit. That said, the 29-year-old is a superstar and a Conn Smythe contender for a reason, he’s liable to bust out at any moment.

During this 17-game run, he has 11 goals and over his past 27 postseason outings, he’s scored 19 times. As for the shot prop, MacKinnon, who’s unequivocally a volume shooter, has cleared the 4.5 number in five of six. Let’s ride!

PROP #2: Andrei Vasilevskiy Over 32.5 Saves (-130)

For starters – forgetting about whatever that was on Saturday night – Vasilevskiy has cleared the 32.5 number in two of three appearances so far in the series. In general, Colorado is a volume shooting team: They’ve averaged 35.6 shots on goal in the series, 39.8 in 17 playoff games and 38.4 through eight road contests. Moral of the story: The Avalanche should be a hungry and motivated bunch tonight and Vasilevskiy should be Vasilevskiy.

PROP #3: Mikko Rantanen Over 0.5 Assists (-140)

Did you know that Rantanen has seven points – all assists – over the first three games of the series? Well, now you do. In fact, the 25-year-old’s riding a very quiet seven-game point streak where he’s tallied four goals and nine assists. In addition to that, the Fin has now notched at least a point in 12 of his past 13 outings. Rantanen’s up to 19 assists in 17 playoff games. Stay hot, Mikko.

PROP #4: Anthony Cirelli Over 1.5 SOG (-150)

After doing us dirty in Game 2, the Cirelli shot prop hit the over once again in Game 3. In fact, the 24-year-old has cleared the 1.5 number in eight of his past 10 outings mustering 28 total shots in that span. For all you mathematicians out there, that’s an average of 2.8 shots per game. Also, with Brayden Point and others banged up, Cirelli should get ample opportunity to keep firing that puck.

Betting odds listed above via the Bet365 Sportsbook as of Wednesday afternoon.

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