NHL Monday player props: Draisaitl on the prowl
Many of the league's best shot generators are set to take the ice Monday night. Let's take a look at three worth backing.
Carter Verhaeghe over 3.5 shots (-140)
Verhaeghe is firing the puck from anywhere and everywhere. He has amassed 45 shots on goal and 79 attempts over the last 10 games. Those totals are good for first on a Panthers team that generates an insane amount of shot volume almost every single night. The bar to clear is high, and Verhaeghe's doing it.
Unsurprisingly, all that volume is leading to consistent success in the prop market. Verhaeghe has recorded four shots or more in nine of his last 10, including against playoff bound sides like the Golden Knights, Devils, Maple Leafs, and Rangers.
He begins his week with a sneaky good matchup against the Senators. Their underlying numbers were fairly strong for quite some time. They have dipped of late, though, with some key players - like Jakob Chychrun - out due to injury while the schedule toughens.
Only three teams have allowed shots at a higher rate than the Senators over the last 10 games. They're vulnerable and the Panthers are at, or near, the top of the list of sides most likely to exploit that.
Look for Verhaeghe, the team's leading trigger man of late, to be front and center for the Panthers.
Leon Draisaitl over 3.5 shots (+115)
Draisaitl has quietly gone on a healthy shooting run. He leads the Oilers in shots on goal and attempts over the last 10 games, which is saying something considering Connor McDavid has at times seen his shot total at 4.5 in recent weeks.
He is skating regularly with Zach Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at five-on-five, both of whom are happy to defer to Leon and bring out the ceiling in terms of his shot volume.
What I love even more about Draisaitl tonight is the matchup. The Coyotes bleed shots across all situations, give up a ton of volume to opposing centers, and take an awful lot of penalties.
Draisaitl is the go-to shooter on the man advantage, so he stands to benefit most from Arizona's inability to stay out of the box.
Expect him to be heavily involved in the offense.
Mikko Rantanen over 3.5 shots (-120)
David Pastrnak. Auston Matthews. Nathan MacKinnon. Those are the only three players in the league with more shot attempts than Rantanen over the past 10 games.
Colorado's soon-to-be 50-goal man has been piling up the shots of late against anyone and everyone. I don't see him slowing down Monday night against the Ducks.
They continue to struggle defensively, having allowed an average of nearly 36.5 shots against the past 10 games. That's the most in the NHL.
A ton of that volume has come from right-wingers. Only the Predators have allowed more shots per game to Rantanen's position during this stretch.
Dating back to the beginning of last season, Rantanen has gone over his total in four consecutive games against this Ducks team.
Given how much volume they're allowing on a nightly basis - including to right-wingers - I see no reason to expect anything different this time around.
Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.
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