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Player props expert John Hyslop is here with his top player prop pick for Thursday's Game 2 of the New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins first-round series. John has his sights set on Chris Kreider.

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction: Can Chris Kreider Get Busy in Front of the Net in Game 2

Instead of whining about the NBA taking the night off, I went a different route today. We've had days like this before. It happens. No need to cry about it. Instead, we just need to find something else to bet on. Like MLB. Or even NHL. Lucky for us, I had a few hours to kill this morning and with that time, I completely figured out the NHL shots on goal player prop market. After diving into it, I can't even believe this is a thing. Like how on earth could books possibly let us bet this and not go broke. The only way you could lose one of these things is if our guy got hurt. The thing is, this is the playoffs and these are hockey players. You'd have to be damn near dead to leave one of these games. With that in mind, I found a move that has a less than zero percent chance of losing tonight.

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Rangers vs. Penguins Game 2 Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Thursday, May 5

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: TNT

Puck Line: Rangers -1 (+120)

Click Here for Rangers vs Penguins Game 2 Odds

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction

Chris Kreider Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-138) (Bet $138 to win $100)

*Odds Available at FanDuel at Time of Publishing*

I'm going to apologize for all the juice here. That's the second time today I've pulled this crap but this time wasn't my fault. They don't have alt lines on this market. What the hell am I supposed to do? I'd bet this guy to have 3.5 at +150 but no book on the planet has the cajones to let us do that. We'll just have to drink a little juice.

Let me tell you people a little bit about Chris Kreider. The guy is 6'3" tall and 226 pounds. We're talking about the kind of guy who used to hold nerds by their ankles and dunk their heads in toilets for fun. Not saying he did that just that he could have and no one would have done anything about it. He's an absolute tank.

In Game 1, the Rangers controlled so much of it only to lose in triple overtime. Those are the kind of losses that people don't forget about. Especially hockey players. Given that it was at home, you had better bet your ass that the Rangers show up tonight. That means Chris Kreider. We're talking about the Extra Effort Award Winner here people. Have some respect. Boxboro's finest.

In Game 1, Kreider had six shots. We kind of have to ignore that though since the game took forever to complete. Still, this guy has had at least three shots on goal in six straight games before that. He had at least four shots on goal in three of the four meetings with Pittsburgh this season. In one of them, he had six. Honestly, I have no idea how anyone on the planet expects this guy to play three periods of playoff hockey and NOT take at least three shots on net. Dumb line from the lines makers.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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