NHL Tuesday player props: 3 shooters worth backing
We have three games to look forward to on the last big slate in advance of All-Star weekend. Let's dig deeper into a few player props that stand out.
Thomas Chabot over 2.5 shots (-132)
The Ottawa Senators' top blueliner is sizzling hot. Chabot has generated at least three shots in five of the last six games and is tied with Brady Tkachuk - one of the highest volume shooters in the NHL - for the team lead in attempts over the last 10 games (65).
Chabot is playing a ton of minutes in all situations, giving him every opportunity to take advantage of plus matchups. He certainly finds himself in one Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
They rank dead last in shot suppression - at five-on-five and on the penalty kill - over the last 10 games. Unsurprisingly, they have given up a lot of volume to defenders in that span.
Chabot generated four shots on six attempts last game out against this same Canadiens team. I expect a similar effort this time around.
Claude Giroux over 2.5 shots (+115)
Giroux is not someone I routinely target for shots but there is a lot to like with him right now.
First and foremost, he has been shooting the puck a lot since being placed on Ridly Greig's wing. Giroux has attempted more than 23 shots per 60 minutes with Greig as his center, essentially double his season average of 11.60. We're still dealing with a small sample size but that is a substantial uptick and very encouraging.
The other thing that really stands out is the mouthwatering matchup. The Canadiens are giving up shots at a higher clip than every team in the league right now and Giroux feasted on them just a few days ago, recording three points and four shots in a blowout victory.
Big games against Montreal are nothing new for Giroux, who has registered at least three shots in six straight head-to-head meetings.
Look for that streak to continue.
Alex Ovechkin over 4.5 shots (-115)
Alex Ovechkin continues to chug along like a well-oiled machine. The 37-year-old superstar has piled up 91 shot attempts over his last 10 games, which leads the entire NHL. It's not really close, either.
Roman Josi (82) is the only other player with more than 80 shot attempts over the same period of time.
Ovechkin, clearly, is never shy about pulling the trigger. He should have ample opportunity to do so against this Columbus Blue Jackets team. They are absolutely decimated by injuries and, unsurprisingly, that is leading to some treacherous numbers across the board. They get caved in at five-on-five on a nightly basis and are also subpar at preventing shots while killing penalties.
The Washington Capitals faced the Blue Jackets just over three weeks ago. Despite the Capitals getting outplayed in that game - and generating only 19 shots - Ovechkin still hit the over on his total while attempting eight shots.
With the Capitals in need of every point they can get, and the Capitals off until February 11th after this game, Ovechkin should get a full workload and then some.
Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.
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