NHL Thursday player props: 3 volume shooters to target

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We have 20 teams in action this evening, which means there's no shortage of shot props.

Let's take a closer look at three of the totals that stand out.

Tyler Toffoli over 2.5 shots (-125)

Tyler Toffoli has been a shooting machine since he returned to the lineup. He's recorded at least three shots in four consecutive games, all of which were on the road against good teams. His hits came against the Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche, and Minnesota Wild. That's a pretty good crop of clubs to generate consistent volume against.

Now Toffoli finds himself back on home soil - where he'll get softer matchups - against an Anaheim Ducks side that's given up a lot of late.

They are 22nd in five-on-five shots against per 60 over the last 10 games and should be a little fatigued following an overtime game Wednesday night in Toronto.

Victor Hedman over 2.5 shots (-118)

Victor Hedman is 34 clear of Steven Stamkos for the team lead in shot attempts this season. Clearly, he puts a lot of rubber toward the net.

There are a couple of things working in his favor in this game. For one, the New Jersey Devils concede a lot of shots to defensemen. Only six teams give up more volume to defenders on a per game basis.

Nikita Kucherov's absence is also a bonus. Hedman's volume dropped when Kucherov returned, as he wasn't relied upon as heavily to contribute offensively. With Kucherov in COVID protocol, there's opportunity for Hedman to get more involved.

Chris Kreider over 2.5 shots (-139)

Chris Kreider is firing on all cylinders right now. He's scored in six consecutive games and registered at least three shots in seven of the last 10, falling just one short in all three exceptions.

He has piled up 42 shots on target and 59 attempts in that time, both of which lead the team.

Kreider now draws a mouth-watering matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have conceded more five-on-five shots per 60 than all but the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens over the last 10 games. They're also in the latter half of a back-to-back. I really don't see much reason to expect the screws to be tightened in this game.

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

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