NHL player props Oct 12: Return of the Mack

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It’s the first “full” schedule of the NHL regular season with six games on tap. Here’s some of the top player props to consider.

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*Odds as of 2 p.m. ET

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Nathan Mackinnon over 4.5 shots on goal +100 (DraftKings)

The newly crowned Stanley Cup Champion Avalanche open up at home tonight against a Chicago Blackhawks team that is way past their championship prime. In fact, the Blackhawks look to be one of the worst teams in the NHL this season. Mackinnon should have his way with Chicago in this one. Especially since it’s at home where the Avs forward averaged 5.5 shots on goal per game last year. I expect Mack to be on the attack.

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Auston Matthews over 4.5 shots on goal +105 (bet365)

It was a Hart Trophy calibre season for the Maple Leafs sharpshooter last year as he led the league in goals with 60 shots on goal with 348. Much like this year’s Blackhawks, the Montreal Canadiens are going to be one of the bottom feeders of the NHL this year. While the Leafs and Habs always seem to play competitive games no matter what, the talent gap between these two teams is too significant for me to look past right now. Matthews should be shooting early and often in this one.

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Mitch Marner over 2.5 shots on goal -135 (DraftKings)

The Robin to Auston Matthews’ Batman, Marner took another step last season scoring a career-high 35 goals. He may never reach that plateau again, but it’s clear he has made a point to shoot the puck more often. In four games against Montreal last year, Marner had 19 shots on goal and should continue that trend tonight.

– Rob Wong

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