NHL Friday player props: Kyrou, Rakell to pile up the shots
Hockey is back following a one-day layoff, and you know what that means: shot props!
Despite an off night Wednesday, my record on shot totals this season sits at 35-22 for +13.33 units.
We'll look to keep the ball rolling during Thursday's 13-game slate.
Jordan Kyrou over 2.5 shots (+120)
Kyrou has been a highly efficient shot generator of late. At five-on-five, he ranks second among Blues forwards - behind only Vladimir Tarasenko - in shots on goal over the last 10 games, and he's recorded at least three shots on goal eight times in that span.
Now he draws one of the best matchups possible in the Blackhawks. They're allowing more than 60 attempts per 60 at five-on-five over their last 10 games and rank 28th in that category. Suppressing shots is not exactly Chicago's strong suit.
Kyrou is playing in the top six and on the second power play, which should give him plenty of ice to capitalize on this advantageous matchup.
Rickard Rakell over 2.5 shots (-120)
He's averaging 6.2 shot attempts and 3.6 shots on goal through 10 games. That's very encouraging volume. He also finds himself in a dream matchup against the Senators, who can't defend a lick: No team has allowed shots at a higher rate over the last 10 games.
Rakell has generated at least two shots on goal every game this season and he's gone over the number more often than not. I like his chances of doing so once again versus this struggling Ottawa squad.
Bonus round: Andrew Copp over 2.5 shots (+135). The Jets forward has averaged a whopping 3.77 shots per game on the road this season and the Wild's defense isn't as stingy with Jared Spurgeon out of the lineup. There is real value here.
Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.
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