The Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs continue on to Game 2 of an exciting first-round series. Toronto dominated Game 1, defeating the Lightning 5-0. This is where you’ll find some of the best prop bets available for tonight’s action.
Steven Stamkos – Anytime Goalscorer (+160)
It’s not uncommon for Steven Stamkos to finish a Game 1 of a first-round series without a goal. The last time he registered a goal in the opening game was way back in 2014 with a two-goal performance against the Montreal Canadiens. In Game 1, Stamkos registered two shots on net in 17:41 time on ice. He got some scoring chances but showcased slight hesitation, leading to his shortcomings in getting his team on the board.
Stamkos won’t be held off the scoreboard for very long, and there’s a good chance he registers at least one in Game 2. Last playoffs, he scored goals in back-to-back games after failing to do so in Game 1, and odds are he’ll repeat that. Tampa Bay will be extra motivated to avoid going back home down two games to none, so don’t expect this team, or its captain, to be blanked in a second consecutive game.
Alex Killorn – Player Assists (Over 0.5, +240)
Alex Killorn was absolutely on fire in the opening round of the playoffs last year against the Florida Panthers. While he was held off the scoresheet in Game 1 of that series, he rebounded grandly, registering points in three consecutive games. The Lightning are going to need that kind of performance from him again if they wish to keep their head above water.
In four games during the regular season, Killorn amassed two goals and five assists against the Maple Leafs. It’s worth noting that he did fail to register a point in the opening game, and three of those points came in their 8-1 blowout in late April. The Lightning’s offense gets going when players like Killorn and Ondrej Palat start to contribute, and the odds here (over 0.5, +240) are heavily appealing.
William Nylander – Player Power-Play Points (Over 0.5, +215)
It didn’t hurt the Maple Leafs in Game 1 when William Nylander failed to register a point. Unlike last year’s opening round, they didn’t need his offensive contributions. Unfortunately for the Lightning, Nylander’s game only gets better as a series continues, and he’ll be a player to watch out for. Game 1 was heavy on the penalty minutes, and if Toronto gets more time on the power play, Nylander could capitalize.
The Leafs held the best power-play percentage in the league during the regular season, and they looked dangerous in Game 1. Nylander had two power-play goals against the Lightning in the regular season, and he’ll continue to serve as a thorn in the Lightning’s side. All he needs is one point, and with the odds coming in (O 0.5, +215), it may be worth considering putting some money on it.
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