Freedman’s Favorite NHL Prop (Feb. 15): How Many Shots Will Mats Zuccarello Take?
Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello
- Matthew Freedman continues his series featuring one of his favorite prop bets for each day of 2019.
- On Friday, he looks at the Sabres-Rangers NHL game (7 p.m. ET) and the shots on goal prop for New York right winger Mats Zuccarello.
Each day, I publish at least one quick-n’-dirty piece highlighting a favorite prop of mine. See my master list of 2019 prop bets for more information.
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Freedman’s Favorite NHL Prop (Feb. 15): Mats Zuccarello Over/Under 2.5 Shots on Goal
- Over 2.5: +130
- Under 2.5: -160
Today’s NHL action starts with the Sabres-Rangers game (7 p.m. ET), and New York right winger Mats Zuccarello stands out in the FantasyLabs Props Tool.
Although the over on his shots prop is available at plus-money, we have him projected for 2.89.
For the season, Mats has averaged 2.02 shots on goal per game with an average ice time of 19:51. But his playing time has recently skyrocketed. Over his past 10 games, he’s averaged a 22:03 time on ice and 3.1 shots on goal.
And in the month of February, his ice time has increased to 23:04, and his shots on goal has stayed steady at 3.0.
Mats has never played for any NHL team other than the Rangers, lacing up the skates for 505 games for the franchise over the past nine years. He’s tentatively expected to be shipped to another team as the Feb. 25 deadline approaches. The trade rumors around him have really picked up over the past day.
In what could be his final game with the team, I don’t see Mats being shy about taking his shots.
At 2.5, I’d bet the over all the way to +105, although I wouldn’t touch it if the line moves to 3.0.
The Pick: Over 2.5 (+130)