NHL Prop Bets For Friday, May 6: Time for Tavares to shine – Toronto Sun

Toronto's John Tavares is still searching for his first goal of the series against Tampa Bay.
Toronto’s John Tavares is still searching for his first goal of the series against Tampa Bay. Photo by Mike Ehrmann

It’s another busy night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with four games on the schedule. The Bruins host Carolina. Toronto visits Tampa Bay. St. Louis is home to Minnesota and the Oilers head to Hollywood to face the Kings. Here’s four prop bets that jump off the page.

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John Tavares Anytime Goal Scorer +275

It’s been a rough go for the Maple Leafs captain, who has just one goal in his last 10 games (including playoffs). But there could be some sneaky value here. He only scored 27 goals during the regular season, but it wasn’t due to a lack of opportunities. In fact, Tavares was 5th in the NHL in individual scoring chances with 320. Only San Jose’s Timo Meier, Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and his Toronto teammate Auston Matthews had more. It’s a tough assignment on the road in Tampa Bay, but I’m willing to bet on a guy with Tavares’s track record that he’ll figure things out.

David Pastrnak Over 4.5 Shots +125 

After spending the first two games against Carolina on the second line, Pastrnak is back with his old pals, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on the “Perfection Line” for tonight’s Game 3. It’s not as if Pastrnak has needed help generating offence in this series. Even though he hasn’t scored, he has 22 shot attempts with 13 of them on goal. Back on the top line and playing at home where the Bruins will have last change, it all sets up great for Pastrnak. Five shots on goal is a lot, but if there’s anyone that can hit that mark in a single period, it’s the Bruins star winger.

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Ryan O’Reilly Anytime Goal Scorer +280

The Minnesota Wild has had a problem staying out of the penalty box so far in its series against St. Louis. The Blues have already been on the power play 11 times in two games. O’Reilly hasn’t converted yet, but is tied with Pavel Buchnevich with a team-high three high-danger scoring chances on the man advantage. As long as the Wild continues to be undisciplined, I’ll keep taking shots on the Blues captain to light the lamp.

Alex Iafallo Over 2.5 Shots -102 

With winger Viktor Arvidsson dealing with an undisclosed injury, Alex Iafallo has taken his spot on the 2nd line. It’s worked out well with Iafallo scoring one goal on nine shots through two games against Edmonton. During the regular season, Los Angeles was the 6th best team in the NHL at generating shots on home ice, averaging 34 shots on goal per game. In six meetings against the Oilers this season, Iafallo has 21 attempts on goal.

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