Wednesday Wagers: Will top Avalanche line dominate Rangers?

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, centre Nathan MacKinnon and right wing Mikko Rantanen, from left, celebrate a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second period of Game 2 of their Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

There’s only one Canadian team in action on this week’s Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, with the Vancouver Canucks and new coach Bruce Boudreau looking to make it two wins in a row when they host the Boston Bruins.

Fans can watch that game on Sportsnet channels and also see if the New York Rangers can extend their winning streak to eight when they meet the Colorado Avalanche on SN NOW.

Flyers-Devils and Stars-Golden Knights are the night’s only other two games, and both can be seen on SN NOW Premium.

Here are a few player prop bets to consider for Wednesday’s slate of games.

Too obvious to target Colorado’s top trio?

Colorado has alternated wins and losses throughout a December road trip that concludes at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are coming off a nice 6-2 win in Chicago on Tuesday and return home with no rest riding a seven-game winning streak. Translation: This is a classic letdown spot for the Rangers and the game’s betting line reflects that, with Colorado a -170 favourite to win. Oddsmakers are leaning toward it being a relatively high-scoring affair with over 6.0 goals a -125 favourite.

The Avalanche have averaged more than 5.8 goals scored in their past nine wins, so between that and the info above, it could be wise to ride Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen tonight.

MacKinnon and Rantanen have both averaged a point per game against the Rangers in their careers, and Landeskog has seven goals and 12 points in 15 career games against them. All are expected to earn at least one point with long anytime point odds (MacKinnon at -400, Rantanen and Landeskog both hovering around -300), but you get plus-money odds for all three on the multi-point market (MacKinnon +114, Rantanen and +114 and Landeskog both +112).

Those could be worth monitoring considering Landeskog has eight multi-point games this season, Rantanen four and MacKinnon already posting four such games in his 12 outings.

Speaking of MacKinnon, only five players scored more goals than him between 2017-18 and the start of this season, yet the star forward has only one goal this season. Can he snap his scoring slump at +120 odds? His first two-goal game of the year would return +500 and a hat trick would net No. 29 a +2900 cashout.

Can Pearson have another strong outing?

Tanner Pearson led all Canucks with six shots on goal in the team’s first game, and win, under Boudreau. It’s not an easy matchup against Boston, especially if his line faces Patrice Bergeron’s often, but considering his showing Monday combined with the fact he has points in two of his past three and three of his past five games, his +200 anytime points odds appear to have some value.

Where you don’t get value is on his listed shots total. Pearson over 1.5 shots is expected to hit at -200 odds. Sportsbooks are expecting Pearson to finish with either two or three shots on net, so the value begins when you customize the shot market. For example, Pearson to register at least four shots is listed around +225, five shots at +490 and you’d get better than +975 odds if Pearson matched his shot total from Monday. He has notched four or more shots on goal six times this season.

BARGAIN HUNTING

Here are a few players in Wednesday night’s action laying promising goal odds to keep an eye on.

Horvat +275/Garland +300 to score vs. Bruins: For many of the same reasons you should ponder Pearson’s odds tonight, you'll want to consider linemates Bo Horvat and Conor Garland. Garland has points in four of five and scored his eighth of the season in Monday’s win over the Kings. Horvat, meanwhile, has just two goals in the past month, but he led all Canucks forwards in ice-time earlier this week. The opportunities could be there again for this line.

Travis Konecny +225 to score vs. Devils: Konecny scored in three straight to open the season but only has two goals since October. He should get top-line minutes as his team looks to avoid a 10th consecutive loss.

Mark Stone +225 to score vs. Stars: Like MacKinnon above, Stone has only one goal in 12 games, which is well below his usual production, and he has only two goals in 13 career games versus Dallas, so this is another slump-snapper pick.

All listed betting odds via Bodog as of Wednesday afternoon

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