Stanley Cup Playoffs player props: Marner goal has sneaky-good value

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner plays against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Detroit. (AP/file)

There’s no better way to spice up your betting game in the post-season then by sprinkling a couple bucks down on some prop bets.

For those unfamiliar with the term or new to sports gambling in general, a prop bet is a wager that has no direct impact on the outcome of a game. These bets can range anywhere from who will score the first goal of a game to a goaltender’s save total; anything and pretty much everything is on the table to bet on —within reason, of course.

With that in mind, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin in earnest tonight with a juicy four-game slate that will feature two of Canada’s three playoff entrants in action.

Here are some prop bets to consider:

Prop No. 1: Mitch Marner Anytime Goal (+220)

Admittedly, this one’s a long shot considering Marner will be taking an 18-game goalless drought in the Stanley Cup Playoffs into Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. That said, the 24-year-old is coming off a career-high 35-goal campaign, 29 of which came in his final 46 outings of the season. Suffice it to say, Marner’s looking to silence some critics this spring and a hot start could go a long way in helping to achieve that.

Prop No. 2: Leon Draisaitl Over 0.5 PP Points (+110)

This isn’t just in: The Oilers are deadly on the power play. Even though the Kings are known for their discipline and defensive structure, they’re bound to take some penalties in this series considering who’s on the other side. And if they do, that could be a bit of a problem —Edmonton boasted the NHL’s third ranked power play in the regular season. Furthermore, Draisaitl is coming off a 110-point year, 41 of which came via the power play.

Prop No. 3: Robert Thomas Over 0.5 Assists (+110)

In three meetings this year, the Wild and Blues combined for 28 goals. Cue Robert Thomas’ music. The 22-year-old playmaker notched 57 helpers – including four against Minnesota – in 77 games. Most importantly, he plays with Vladimir Tarasenko and Pavel Buchnevich on St. Louis’ top line. In general, Thomas is coming into the postseason on an absolute heater, he has 29 points in 20 games since the trade deadline (Mar. 21).

Prop No. 4: Evander Kane Over 2.5 SOG (-175)

Yes, that’s a steep price, but we’re in the business of making money, right? Not only did Kane muster 33 shots on goal in his final six outings of the regular season, but he cleared the 2.5 number in 10 of 11 to wrap. Sign me up. As if you needed any more incentive, Kane plays with Connor McDavid five-on-five. Both will be buzzin’ tonight.

Betting odds listed above via Bet365 as of Monday afternoon.

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