NHL Tuesday player props: 3 forwards worth backing
We have a pair of pivotal games to look forward to Tuesday night. Let's examine the best ways to attack them through player props.
Andrei Svechnikov over 2.5 shots (-143)
The Hurricanes made an adjustment after a somewhat lifeless offensive showing to start their series against the Rangers, dropping Max Domi from the top six and shuffling things around. That's proven very beneficial for the team - and Svechnikov.
Sebastian Aho's line drew the tougher assignments on the road in Game 3, freeing up Svechnikov to capitalize against mid-tier competition. He did just that, firing a game-high nine shot attempts while hitting the net five times.
Svechnikov averages better than 20 attempts per 60 minutes with Vincent Trocheck as his center; he averages about 14 per 60 minutes with Aho, who centered his line in Game 1.
With Trocheck to set him up and the benefit of spending little time against top competition, Svechnikov should be able to generate his share of shots again in Game 4.
Zach Hyman over 2.5 shots (-167)
Hyman is on quite the run. The grind-it-out winger has piled up the shots of late, generating three or more in seven of his last nine games. He's often cleared the number with ease, finishing with at least four shots six times in that span.
He's reaching new heights in the Oilers' second-round series against the Flames, hitting in all three games so far while registering 13 total shots over the last two. In fact, no Oilers player has attempted more shots in the series.
A big part of Hyman's recent success is a change in linemates. With Leon Draisaitl now skating mostly on the top line, Hyman has more offensive responsibility on the second unit. Playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi, he's had to become a more shoot-first player. That's clearly working well for him.
Hyman also plays netfront on a dangerous power play, which offers plenty of opportunities to pounce on rebounds and get his totals up.
Johnny Gaudreau over 3.5 shots (-112)
Gaudreau has been a constant target for us, especially against the Oilers. He's feasted on them all season long, piling up shots and chances on a nightly basis.
The dynamic winger has faced Edmonton seven times this campaign between the regular season and playoffs. He's averaged 4.4 shots on goal and 7.1 shot attempts per game. Those numbers are drastically better than his total season averages of 3.3 shots and 5.8 attempts.
This series is starting to get away from Calgary, so Flames head coach Darryl Sutter may ride his stars a little more to stop the bleeding. Look for Gaudreau to have another productive night and hit against Edmonton for the fourth consecutive time.
Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.
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