NHL Thursday player props: Huberdeau, Hedman to stay hot

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Shot props return to the app for this busy Thursday night in the NHL. We're sitting on a 46-34 record for +11.35 units on the year.

Let's get into our best bets.

Victor Hedman over 2.5 shots (-110)

The Blues are a structured defensive team that takes away quality shots and forces teams to the perimeter. They rank ninth in high-danger chances against per 60 but 17th in shots against per 60. St. Louis will undoubtedly stress the importance of protecting the middle of the ice with Jordan Binnington unavailable due to him being in COVID-19 protocol.

Victor Hedman figures to be a prime beneficiary of the Blues' style. We saw that firsthand the last time these two sides met when Hedman recorded three shots on goal at five-on-five alone. Across all game states, he amassed six shot attempts and five shots on target, easily clearing the number.

Look for the Lightning's leader in shot attempts and shots on goal to be heavily involved in this one.

Jonathan Huberdeau over 2.5 shots (-120)

While Jonathan Huberdeau is rightfully thought of as a playmaker first, he's not afraid to pull the trigger. That has certainly been evident of late.

Huberdeau has piled up 35 shots on goal over his last 10 games, and he recorded at least three shots in nine of those contests.

He's consistently hitting the number, so this isn't a spot where I'm worried about a letdown.

The Sabres bleed shots like few other teams, giving up 34.02 per 60 minutes of play over their last 10 games. Only the Canadiens, Flyers, and Devils have allowed shots at a higher clip.

Let's ride the hot hand in an advantageous matchup.

Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.

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