Monday’s NHL Slate features five games starting as early as 1:00 PM Eastern. Despite the seemingly light schedule, the start times are staggered, meaning you can add plenty of prop betting action to your slip.
Here are our top three NHL prop bets to consider for Monday, February 21, 2022.
Claude Giroux – Over 2.5 Shots vs Carolina Hurricanes
Claude Giroux is one of the top trade deadline targets across the NHL. With 38 points in 46 games on a struggling Flyers team, Giroux’s positional flexibility, nose for the net, and excellence in the faceoff dot make him a massive boost to any playoff contender.
Over the next few weeks, his play will dictate his trade value. Giroux has hit the over in half of his home games this season and in 25 of 46 games overall (54.35%). Furthermore, though the Hurricanes allow the third-fewest shots on goal per game (28.7) this season, they’ve allowed 31 or more shots on net in four of their last five contests.
Giroux trails only Cam Atkinson among Flyers forwards in time on ice this season, and Atkinson has played three more games. Also, Giroux has exceeded 2.5 shots in each of his last three outings. Expect the trend to continue and cash in. Most books have his over line around -112.
William Nylander – To Score Anytime at Montreal Canadiens
It’s a rivalry renewed on Monday as the Montreal Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto is once again one of the top offensive teams in the league while the Canadiens have crashed back to earth after a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
Few teams have seen worse goaltending play than Montreal this season. With Carey Price and Jake Allen out injured, Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau have struggled to hold down the fort; both players have sub-.900 save percentages and GAAs over a 3.80.
Andrew Hammond picked up a win against the offensively-anemic New York Islanders on Sunday, but he may not get the nod for the second leg of a back-to-back.
Meanwhile, Nylander is second in shots among Toronto skaters, averaging 3.35 per game. Most books have him around +155 to score, and after snapping an eight-game goalless drought against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, expect a hungry Nylander to strike again.
Elias Pettersson – Over 0.5 Assists vs Seattle Kraken
This one is a sneakier play to find some betting value. Despite ranking second among Canucks skaters in assists with 18 on the season, Elias Pettersson checks in at around +152 to garner an assist Monday. With four assists in his last two games and points in four of his past five, this one is a bit of a headscratcher.
This season, the Kraken have the second-worst rate of actual goals against vs expected goals against at 5-on-5 (122 GA, 91.02 xGA). It’s been a major concern, especially as the Kraken concede a league-best 28.3 shots per game in all situations. Philipp Grubauer is expected to start in goal on Monday; he’s allowed at least three goals in three of his past four games.
In two games against Seattle this season, Vancouver has outscored the Kraken 9-4. However, Pettersson has yet to record a point against the league’s newest team. I expect that to change on Monday.