Stanley Cup Playoffs Players Props: McDavid shifting the narrative in Game 7s galore

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, left, and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson battle during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

They’re the best two words in professional sports: Game Seven.

Today, we’ll get three of them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs involving two Canadian teams.

The Leafs host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Toronto is trying to win its first playoff series in 18 years. In the meantime, the Oilers entertain the Kings. Edmonton is looking to advance to Round 2 for the first time since 2017.

Elsewhere, Boston is in Carolina. The home team has won every game in that series.

Now that you’re caught up, let’s get to some prop bets:

 

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PROP #1: Auston Matthews Anytime Goal (+115)

Everyone knows what’s at stake for the Maple Leafs tonight. Regardless of all the noise, Matthews is playing at a different level right now. He’s scored in back-to-back games and has four in six in the series. Simply put, it’s never a bad idea to take a flier on a Matthews anytime goal. The dude scores in his sleep; tonight’s his night.

PROP #2: Connor McDavid Over 1.5 Points (-130)

Along those lines, McDavid is another generational talent trying to change the stigma and narrative surrounding his squad. Not for anything but the 25-year-old has done his part and then some against Los Angeles. He has 12 points in six games; five of the six have been multi-point efforts. He’s pretty good at hockey.

PROP #3: Evander Kane Over 3.5 SOG (-115) | William Nylander Over 2.5 SOG (-140)

Both players have been shooting the puck a ton, especially Kane. The power forward has seven goals on 29 shots through six games. In the meantime, Nylander has three on 19. Kane has covered the 3.5 number in four of six, Nylander has cleared in every game but the last one. If you’re feeling frisky, you may want to dabble into the goal prop market too.

PROP #4: Patrice Bergeron Over 0.5 Assists (+175)

Clearly, I’m feeling the big player, big moment storyline today. There’s not much more to say about Bergeron, this guy’s as clutch as they come. Furthermore, the veteran centre has been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games, so you know he’s due for at least a point. On top of all that, there’s that whole free agent after the season storyline lingering. Bottom line: Bet on Bergeron.

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

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