Game 6 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final will get underway on Sunday evening as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Colorado Avalanche. Despite there being only two teams left to square off this season, there are still a few great angles to attack in the prop betting market.
Below, I give out my two best NHL player prop bets for Sunday.
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Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
Avalanche vs. Lightning Game 6: Top Stanley Cup Final Prop Bet Odds & Picks
Following their 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning head back home and will look to force a Game 7. After successfully cashing on this prop in Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5, we are going back to the well once again with Colorado’s star defenseman Cale Makar’s shot total.
Makar continues to prove in this series that he is not only the best defenseman in the world but one of the best players in general. Not only did Makar go over this total in each of the last three games, but he has now gone over this number in eight of his last 11 playoff games (73%).
Colorado has controlled the series’ pace and offensive zone for the majority of this series, which obviously results in more shots on goal. Through the first five contests in this series, the Avalanche are averaging 36.2 shots on goal.
If this trend continues, Makar should be able to get over this total once again.
Following the same logic as above, I am backing another Colorado skater in this matchup as Valeri Nichushkin has gone over this total in four of the first five games of this series (80%). Nichushkin has undoubtedly been the “x-factor” for this club, especially in the games that Nazem Kadri was out of the lineup due to injury.
Coach Jared Bednar should continue to put Nichushkin out there as much as possible due to his excellent two-way play throughout this entire postseason. Skating on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, Nichushkin should have no difficulty in getting shot attempts as both of those guys are outstanding playmakers.
Additionally, Nichushkin skates with the second power play unit and serves as one of the primary triggermen in that group alongside Nazem Kadri. The attempts will be there, and if he is able to get them on net once again then Nichushkin should be able to get over this total.
Best of luck!
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