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Thursday’s NHL PrizePicks Player Props: Value on Johnny Gaudreau, Antti Raanta & More (May 26)

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  • There are a pair of Game 5s on tap in the NHL playoffs tonight.
  • There are plenty of prop opportunities in these games, including a quartet in Rangers-Canes and one in Flames-Oilers.
  • Continue reading for a full breakdown of the PrizePicks props slate from tonight in the NHL.

Game 5 is set to get underway in the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs for two different matchups on the Thursday card. Despite the small slate, there are still some great player props to attack.

Below are my five best PrizePicks props for the slate. For those unfamiliar with PrizePicks flex plays, correctly predicting 5-of-5 props registers a 10x payout, 4-of-5 registers a 2x payout and 3-of-5 registers a 0.4x payout.

You can also take these plays and do smaller parlays with just two or three props for lower payouts.

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What is PrizePicks? A daily fantasy operator — meaning they’re available in more states (31) than sports betting is! — PrizePicks offers a unique opportunity for action on player props in which you parlay two or more plays together.


NHL PrizePicks Player Props

Adam Fox Under 0.5 Assists

Rangers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

The New York Rangers travel to Carolina with the series tied at 2-2 following two straight home wins. However, there is good reason to fade New York as the Hurricanes are outstanding when playing at PNC Arena in the playoffs.

This postseason, the Hurricanes are 6-0 at home. This record is a product of the dominant play of goaltender Antti Raanta, who boasts an absurd 0.968 save percentage over that stretch.

On home ice, Raanta has allowed more than one goal on home ice just once. Adam Fox was held without a point in each of the first two road games in this series, and I expect this trend to continue in Game 5.

Artemi Panarin Under 0.5 Assists

Rangers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

Another Rangers skater I am fading in this matchup is winger Artemi Panarin. Like Fox, Panarin has failed to register a point in each of their two road games in this series.

Not only has Panarin struggled on the road, but he has gone through a tough stretch of hockey regardless of the venue. Only registering two points over his last six games, Panarin should be a good fade candidate until he finds his game again.

Ryan Strome Under 0.5 Points

Rangers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

The last Rangers skater I am fading in this game is Ryan Strome. Playing on the same line as Panarin, we could kill two birds with one stone if the Hurricanes successfully shut down this line once again on home ice.

Like Fox and Panarin, Strome has failed to record a single point in either of their two games at PNC Arena in this series. In fact, Strome only has one point all series as he recorded an assist in Game 4.

Antti Raanta Over 25.5 Saves

Rangers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

In my final play of this game, It only makes sense to back Carolina’s goaltender if I am fading three Rangers skaters. As I mentioned earlier, Raanta has been outstanding on home ice in this postseason as he has produced a 0.968 save percentage and has allowed more than one goal just once over that stretch.

Raanta has gone over this total in six of his nine playoff games thus far, excluding the game he exited early from due to injury. With how unbeatable Raanta has been at PNC Arena, I expect this trend to continue in Game 5.

I would play this number up to 26.5.

Johnny Gaudreau Over 3.5 Shots on Goal

Oilers at Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET

The Calgary Flames will look to force a Game 6 as they now trail 3-1 in this series following Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. After successfully hitting this prop on Tuesday, I am going back to the well once again.

Johnny Gaudreau has now gone over this total in six straight and eight of his last nine games. I believe we are still getting a low number on Gaudreau just because four shots on goal is a relatively high total for any skater.

However, Gaudreau has proven that this total is too low for him. As part of the star-studded first line, I expect coach Darryl Sutter to rely heavily on Gaudreau/Lindholm/Tkachuk as the Flames are facing potential elimination in this contest.

I would not play this total at anything higher than 3.5.

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