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Quick NHL Best Bets: Sharks vs. Islanders Over & Jamie Benn Player Props for 12/2/21

Thursday night’s NHL betting slate has 10 games, so bettors can be very selective. Even though 20 teams are on the ice, only Ottawa and Colorado are on back-to-backs. COVID and defense continue to plague many teams near the quarter mark of the season, with no team avoiding issues with both. Let’s dive into NHL betting picks for tonight’s games.

Best NHL Bets Today: Player Prop Odds & Betting Picks

Sharks vs. Islanders Over 5.5 (+106, SugarHouse)

It has been tough sledding for some teams, and no one has had it worse than the Islanders. The historically solid Islanders have been struggling defensively all season. Of teams on tonight’s slate, only the Senators (the worst defensive team in hockey) have allowed more chances to their opponents. The Islanders’ biggest issue is their inability to stop high-quality chances, as they allow over 12 high-danger chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five, which is last on the slate (per Natural Stat Trick).

The Sharks have been surprisingly solid defensively, but metrically it does not quite add up, as they rank middle of the pack or worse in nearly every category, including the best goaltending in hockey when a man short. James Reimer and Adin Hill both have career save percentages below 92%, so they are not anywhere near that good.

Jamie Benn to Score a Point vs. Blue Jackets (-106, SugarHouse)

Few teams have looked weaker defensively than the Jackets, and getting a proven scorer like Benn at home is a great spot. He will be matched up against the very weak depth of the Jackets, who are breaking in many rookies and unproven players. Dallas started out the season slow, barely averaging two goals for the first 10 games, but they have scored nearly 3.5 goals per game since then. Benn will undoubtedly see some chances, with over 17 minutes per game and still running out on the team’s second power play.

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