Freedman’s Favorite NHL Matchup (Feb. 5): Will Nico Hischier or Kyle Palmieri Score More Points?

Freedman’s Favorite NHL Matchup (Feb. 5): Will Nico Hischier or Kyle Palmieri Score More Points? article feature image

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri

  • Matthew Freedman continues his series featuring one of his favorite prop bets for each day of 2019.
  • On Tuesday, he looks at Kings-Devils (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+) and the head-to-head matchup between Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri.

Each day, I publish at least one quick-n’-dirty piece highlighting a favorite prop of mine.

For more information on my research process and the resources I use, see the master list of my 2019 prop bets.

2019 Year-to-Date Record

39-27-3, +14.44 Units

  • NFL: 21-13-0, +11.72 Units
  • NBA: 8-7-0, +0.30 Units
  • NHL: 6-3-2, +3.71 Units
  • Golf: 2-3-1, -0.70 Units
  • NCAAF: 0-1-0. -1.0 Units
  • Exotics: 2-0-0. +0.40 Units

Freedman’s Favorite NHL Matchup for Tuesday, Feb. 5: Nico Hischier vs. Kyle Palmieri, More Points

  • Nico Hischier: +155
  • Kyle Palmieri: -190

We have a wonderfully large 12-game NHL slate on Tuesday night that starts with a matchup between the Devils and Kings (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

There are a number of juicy player props for this game, but the head-to-head matchup between New Jersey teammates Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri looks especially exploitable.

The wing and center both play on the first forward and power-play lines, so they are correlated: This bet could easily end with a push.

But I really like Hischier. Over the past year, he and Palmieri have been comparable (per the FantasyLabs NHL Models).

  • Hischier: 0.70 points per game, 17.27 time on ice, 12.99 Corsi For
  • Palmieri: 0.77 points per game, 17.9 time on ice, 12.23 Corsi For

Over the past month, Hischier has easily been the superior player.

  • Hischier: 0.73 points per game, 17.88 time on ice, 11.67 Corsi For
  • Palmieri: 0.36 points per game, 17.79 time on ice, 10.78 Corsi For

In his 47 games this season, Hischier has 0.77 points per game. As for Palmieri, he has an average of 0.78 across 51 games.

As a significant underdog, Hischier offers great head-to-head value.

I’d bet on him all the way down to +110.

The Pick: Hischier (+155)

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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