Stanley Cup Playoffs Player Props: Oilers should give Flames' Markstrom greater challenge

NHL handicapper Dennis Bernstein joins Follow The Money to explain why he likes the Flames vs. Oilers series to be high scoring, and why he thinks Barry Trotz will end up in Winnipeg, coaching the Jets.

For the first time since 1991, the puck will drop tonight in Calgary for another post-season rendition of the Battle of Alberta.

That’s one of two Game 1s ahead on night two of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both teams needed Game 7 victories to solidify the showdown — the Flames outlasted Dallas and Edmonton topped Los Angeles.

In the early game, the Carolina Hurricanes are home to the New York Rangers. Once again, both teams needed seventh heaven in order to advance. The Canes, who went perfect at home (4-0) in the first round, edged Boston while New York needed an Artemi Panarin OT winner to squeak by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Let’s get after it, here’s some prop bets to consider:

PROP #1: Jacob Markstrom Over 28 Saves (-124)

Lost in the shuffle of the phenomenal Jake Oettinger story from Round 1 was the fact that Markstrom was also exceptional. In seven games, the 32-year-old posted a minuscule 1.53 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage to go along with one shutout. No disrespect to Dallas but the Oilers offence will undoubtedly present some greater challenges for Markstrom and company, specifically that McDavid guy.

PROP #2: Evander Kane Over 3.5 SOG (-110)

Over the course of his career, Kane’s been a volume shooter and unsurprisingly, nothing’s changed in Edmonton. He’s been a monster alongside Connor McDavid. Not only did the power forward average a goal per game (seven) in the opening round but he did so while mustering a ridiculous 34 shots on goal. Dating back to the regular season, the 30-year-old has cleared the 3.5 mark in 10 of his past 13 outings.

PROP #3: Matthew Tkachuk Anytime Goal (+150)

With brother Brady in attendance cheering on, Tkachuk finally ended a six-game goal drought in Game 7 against Dallas. Considering he’s coming off a career-high 42 goals, the 24-year-old’s probably due for a bit of a hot streak here. For what it’s worth, Tkachuk tallied three goals in four meetings with Edmonton in the regular season.

PROP #4: Anthony DeAngelo Over 0.5 Points (-125)

For those unfamiliar with my work, I love the revenge narrative. Enter DeAngelo, who had a turbulent exit from Broadway last winter. One thing’s for sure, no one can ever question his ability to produce from the back end. And the Boston Bruins can certainly attest to that. In seven first-round outings, the 26-year-old notched a goal and seven helpers. Furthermore, DeAngelo had three points in four games against his former mates in the regular season.

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

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