We conclude our look at cross-sports props offered by some of SBR Forum’s top sportsbooks on Super Bowl LI with Patriots/Falcons results against some of the NHL’s top stars in action Sunday. Here are my picks.
Price is -140 on Bovada’s NFL odds and the field goal is even money. Of course, the shortest field goal possible in the NFL is 18 yards. I have a tough time seeing either head coach, Bill Belichick or Dan Quinn, not go for it on fourth-and-goal and 1-yard line, however. Even extra points are from the 15-yard line these days. The Canadiens host Edmonton early Sunday afternoon. Price, the former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, is fifth in the NHL as of this writing with 1,065 saves. He has played 39 games, so that’s 27.3 saves per game. He is ninth overall in save percentage at .922. The Habs haven’t played the Oilers yet this year.
The Pick: Shortest FGWhat’s Higher: Austin Hooper Catches Vs. Connor McDavid Points
Hooper is -155 on BetOnline NFL odds and McDavid at +125. I believe Hooper, the Falcons’ tight end, is going to have a surprising game Sunday because the Patriots are going to do everything they can to take away Atlanta star receiver Julio Jones – likely double-teaming him. That should open the middle of the field for the rookie Hooper. Yes, he only had 19 catches in 14 games during the regular season. And, yes, he has only three catches in the playoffs. I still believe he’s going to be a secret weapon of sorts. McDavid’s Oilers are in Montreal on Sunday – his lone visit there of the season so it will be a big deal in the city. As of this writing, the second-year superstar McDavid leads the NHL with 59 points and is a top Hart Trophy candidate. He averages 1.1 points per game with a high of three this year, achieved several times.
The Pick: HooperWhat’s Higher: Mohamed Sanu Catches Vs. Alex Ovechkin Shots
Sanu is +120 at BetOnline and Ovechkin -150. Sanu also would seem likely to have a nice game if the Patriots do neutralize Jones. Sanu, a free-agent acquisition this offseason from Cincinnati, finished with 59 regular-season catches. His high was nine on Oct. 30 vs. Green Bay. His low was two. Sanu has totaled nine catches on 12 targets in the two playoff games. Ovechkin’s Capitals, the best team in the NHL, will be playing the second of a back-to-back Sunday as they visit the Los Angeles Kings. Ovechkin enters the weekend second in the NHL with 197 shots, which is 3.9 per game. His season high was nine on Dec. 27 at the Islanders. This is the first meeting between Washington and L.A. this season. The Kings are No. 1 in the NHL in fewest shots against this season at 25.8.
The Pick: Sanu