NHL Props: Canucks’ Boeser A Solid Bet To Stay Hot Vs Columbus

Brock Boeser #6 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during a second period stoppage in play against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on May 11, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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The schedule-makers did NHL fans a favor Tuesday night with 13 games on the docket. A jam-packed slate means plenty of NHL props opportunities to boost your bankroll. With that, let’s dive right into the top NHL props for Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Odds via DraftKings and FanDuel, and updated as of 1:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Jason Zucker

Jason Zucker #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against New York Islanders at UBS Arena on November 26, 2021 in Elmont, New York. Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 1-0.
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The Prop: 2.5 shots on goal (vs. Montreal)
The Odds: Over +100/Under -122

Zucker’s scoring log this season leaves a lot to be desired. His last goal came on November 22, and it was the only one he tallied the entire month. Playing on the second line with Jeff Carter and Danton Heinen, Zucker was supposed to be the primary scorer of the three, but that hasn’t happened.

With Jake Guentzel on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, the Penguins need Zucker to step up if the team is going to keep chase in the division. Playing against a Canadiens team allowing 33.3 shots (seventh-most) and 3.52 goals (fifth-most) per game should be a slump-buster for Zucker. As it is, he’s averaging 2.85 shots per game this season and gone over 2.5 shots in three of his past four contests.

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Ondrej Palat

Look on Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) during the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Montreal Canadiens game on December 7, 2021, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.
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The Prop: Score Anytime Goal (vs. Los Angeles)
The Odds: +220

We’ve rolled with Palat previously, and the Lightning’s productive left winger continues to provide great betting value. Palat ranks second on the team with nine goals, and he’s been particularly hot lately with four in his last five.

The Ottawa Senators snapped Tampa Bay’s five-game win streak on Saturday, which could be good news for Palat. On four occasions this season, Palat has scored at least one goal in the game immediately following a loss.

Los Angeles has allowed the fifth-fewest goals in the league, but the Kings are playing just their third road game since Nov. 13. Meanwhile, the Lightning are scoring 3.07 goals per game at home.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce takes a shot in an NHL game against the Dallas Stars
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The Prop: 2.5 Total Goals Scored, regulation only (at Minnesota)
The Odds: Over -105/Under +125

The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the highest-scoring teams in the league at 3.15 goals per game. But the offense has sputtered a bit of late, netting a total of six goals in the last three games.

Those three contests were all on the road, which is noteworthy because after playing five straight games in Canada across just six nights, Carolina wraps up a grueling six-game, eight-day road swing Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Making matters worse, the Panthers have four players in COVID-19 protocols, including leading scorer Sebastian Aho (15 goals, 32 points). Also out are Seth Jarvis, Tony DeAngelo, and Brett Pesce. Those four players have accounted for 23 of Carolina’s 85 goals this season.

Meanwhile, the Wild have held opponents to two goals or fewer in eight of their last 10 overall, including five of six at home, where Minnesota is 10-2-0 for the season.

Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers skates during the third period against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on December 03, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.
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The Prop: 2.5 Total Shots on Goal (vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
The Odds: Over +114/Under -140

This matchup has a ton of star power. But while all eyes will be on Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Leon Draisaitl, John Tavares, and William Nylander, there’s some under-the-radar betting value on Nugent-Hopkins.

“Nuge” has gone over 2.5 shots in three of his last five games but has only exceeded that mark six times in 14 home games this season. Still, in 23 career games against Toronto, Nugent-Hopkins has tallied 49 shots on goal.

Edmonton has lost four straight games, sliding down to a tie for third place in the Pacific Division. Like Pittsburgh with Zucker, the Oilers will need role players like Nugent-Hopkins to step up in games like this. And given that Edmonton and Toronto rank in the top nine in goals scored, “Nuge” should get plenty of shot opportunities here.

Vancouver Canucks: Brock Boeser

Brock Boeser #6 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Centre Bell on November 29, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1.
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The Prop: Score Anytime Goal (vs. Columbus Blue Jackets)
The Odds: +175

Boeser has scored in three of four games since Vancouver fired head coach Travis Green and brought Bruce Boudreau behind the bench. Not only is Boeser scoring more, he’s been getting to high-danger scoring areas and selecting smarter shots.

Boeser leads the Canucks with an individual expected goals-for (ixG) of 8.94 in all situations, and he’s arguably the most dangerous scorer on the roster. Columbus allows 34.2 shots per game (second-most in NHL) and 3.27 goals per game (ninth most). With offensive-minded defenseman Adam Boqvist (six goals in 18 games) still out of the lineup for Vancouver, this is a juicy matchup for Boeser.