NHL Betting on Player Props Offers Bankroll-Boosting Opportunities for Finals

Posted by Alex Murphy on June 3, 2015 in

If you’re like me and you love player props odds that allow you to bet on the ‘game within the game’ then you’re in for a treat thanks to this fun-filled player props NHL betting breakdown.

From the likely MVP winner to who’s going to score and how much, you’re about to get some NHL Finals knowledge that you can take all the way to the bank!

With that said and the Finals getting underway in short order, let rock and let’s roll people!

Odds to win 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP

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Jonathan Toews (CHI) 57/20
Tyler Johnson (TB) 9/2
Patrick Kane (CHI) 11/2
Duncan Keith (CHI) 3/1
Ben Bishop (TB) 13/2
Steven Stamkos (TB) 8/1
Corey Crawford (CHI) 12/1
Nikita Kucherov (TB) 25/1
Marian Hossa (CHI) 25/1
Patrick Sharp (CHI) 25/1
Victor Hedman (TB) 40/1
Ondrej Palat (TB) 40/1

Analysis: I’m going to shorten this list to the top six candidates since I genuinely believe one of the half-dozen will bring home the bacon as this season’s Finals MVP winner.

Second-year Lightning center Tyler Johnson has been ‘en fuego’ since the start of the postseason and will enter the 2015 NHL Finals with a postseason-leading 12 goals and 21points. Winger, Nikita Kucherov, despite being just the eighth favorite to win the finals MVP award, is fourth in scoring this postseason with nine goals and 10 assists. Tampa Bay team captain Steven Stamkos is ninth in postseason scoring with seven goals and 10 assists.

Blackhawks all-star right-winger Patrick Kane is third in postseason scoring with 10 goals and 20 total points in 17 games while defenseman Duncan Keith ranks fifth with a whopping 16 assists and two goals. All-star center Jonathan Toews is eighth in playoff scoring with nine goals and nine assists.


Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop leads all goaltenders in this year’s playoffs with 12 wins and three shutouts, including a pair in the Lightning’s road wins in Games 5 and 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers. Bishop is also ranked seventh in goals-against-average this postseason (2.15).

My Pick: I’m going with Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and complete what has been an absolutely stupendous postseason. Johnson is fast, smart and loves to share the puck with his equally-speedy ‘Triplets’ line mates.

No team has figured out a way to slow Tampa Bay’s top line and I suspect that Johnson will figure out a way to continue being an effective goal-scorer and passer.

My No.2 pick to win the MVP award is Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos. The veteran has been playing some of the best hockey of his career this postseason and has been almost as equally as effective as Johnson as a passer and scorer.

Last but not least, I’m going with a pick for Chicago’s Patrick Kane, a superb player that shares the spotlight with all-star teammate Jonathan Toews. Kane has been an unstoppable force as a scorer and passer this postseason and often makes plays for the Blackhawks simply by being in the ‘right place at the right time’.
The Pick: Tyler Johnson

Will a player from the losing team be awarded the Conn Smyth Trophy?

Yes +1400
No +10000

Analysis: No, that’s not going to happen. NO player from a losing finals team has won the Conn Smythe since Anaheim’s Jean-Sébastien Giguère back in 2003.
The Pick: No

Jonathan Toews Fourth Round Points

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Over 5½ -130
Under 5½ -110
Analysis: With 18 points in 17 playoff games, Toews is averaging over one point per contest, so I say ‘Over’.
The Pick: Over


Patrick Kane 4th Round Points

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Over/Under 6 -120
Analysis: With 20 points in 17 playoff games, Patrick Kane is averaging over one point per contest as well, so I say ‘Over’.
The Pick: Over

Marian Hossa 4th Round Points

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Over/Under 4½ -120
Analysis: Hossa has scored 13 points in 17 playoff games and I think he narrowly goes ‘Over’ here with five or six points in the finals.
The Pick: Over

Lock Alert!

Duncan Keith 4th Round Points

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Over 4 -140
Under 4 Even
Analysis: With a whopping 18 points in 17 postseason games, I think Duncan Keith is a lock to go Over against his player props odds of just four points.
The Pick: Over

Brandon Saad 4th Round Points

Must Play in Game 1 of the Series For Action
Over/Under 3½ -120
Analysis: If you don’t know by now, Saad is probably as fast as any player on the Lightning including Tyler Johnson. With eight points in 17 playoff games, I like Saad to narrowly reach four points in the Finals.
The Pick: Over


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