It's that time of the year. Super Bowl props time!
We'll take a look at how the National Hockey League factors into Super Sunday in cross-sport props, which have become increasingly popular over the years.
Odds provided by the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH)
BRUINS SHOTS ON GOAL -3.5 -110 PATRIOTS POINTS +3.5 -110
Over the past five games for the Boston Bruins, they have taken a whopping 180 shots on goals (SOG), averaging 36 shots per contest. That means the Patriots have to score 33 points of more to win this prop. Over their past five games, including the playoffs, they have managed 41 or more points. Of course, two of those games were against the Broncos, and they hung 49 on the Buffalo Bills in the regular season finale. The Giants are a much better defense than any of those teams, and they are allowing an average of just 13.4 points per game over the past five. The Patriots will be hard-pressed to score more than 27 points in this one, and the Bruins take a lot of shots. Go with the B's.
TYLER SEGUIN (BOS) SHOTS ON GOALS PK -135 TOM BRADY (NE) TOUCHDOWN PASSES PK +115
Seguin has squeezed off 29 shots on goals over the past 10 games, although he had just two SOG in the last meeting with the Capitals in Washington Jan. 24, scoring a goal in that 5-3 loss. Brady has no touchdown passes in the preseason, and he is facing a relentless pass rush in this one. Seguin should be a slam dunk.
BRUINS+CAPITALS GOALS -1.5 +110 GIANTS+PATRIOTS TOTAL QB SACKS +1.5 -130
This is a tricky one, as the Bruins and Capitals combined for eight goals in their last meeting in D.C. Jan. 24. Meanwhile, the Giants racked up nine sacks in three postseason games, while the Patriots picked up eight sacks in two playoff games. Based on those numbers, the sack total is the way to go in the big game.
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN (WAS) POINTS PK -155 ROB GRONKOWSKI (NE) TOUCHDOWNS PK +135
It's another tricky one, as Gronkowski (ankle) will play, but will he be 100 percent? Ovie has 14 points (8 G, 6 A) over his past 12 games, while Gronkowski set a single-season record by tight ends with 17 TD receptions and one rushing score. The fact Gronk isn't 100 percent makes me lean toward Ovie, although I don't love either side.
FLYERS+RANGERS GOALS +0.5 -110 VICTOR CRUZ (NYG) RECEPTIONS -0.5 -110
The 'under' is 1-10-5 in the past 16 games for the Rangers. That has nothing to do with this prop, but it is some added information for you bettors. In three meetings this season between the Rangers and Flyers, the teams have combined for 13 total goals. That means for Cruz to comfortably win this prop, he likely needs at least six receptions. He posted 10 catches in the NFC Championship Game, but he has five or fewer grabs in four of the past six including the regular season. With a healthy Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), and Mario Manningham also in the mix, Cruz might have a handful of grabs, but go with the Flyers-Rangers total.
CLAUDE GIROUX (PHI) POINTS +0.5 -110 TOTAL FUMBLES LOST BY: GIANTS+PATRIOTS -0.5 -110
Both of these teams take pretty good care of the football, but we're likely to get a fumble on special teams and perhaps one on offense. That being said, go with the fumbles. Giroux has just one goal over his past 13 games, and he is scoreless in two of the past three. In addition, Giroux has just one point (a goal) in three games against the Rangers this season.
MARION GABORIK (NYR) SHOTS ON GOALS +0.5 +105 GIANTS PUNTS -0.5 -125
Gaborik has totaled nine SOG in three meetings with the Flyers this season, and he is averaging four shots per game over the past five overall. Fitness freak P Steve Weatherford had a whopping 12 punts in the NFC Championship Game, and he has four or more punts in seven of the past eight games including the regular season. It will be close, but go with the Giants punts to win.
BRAD RICHARDS (NYR) POINTS PK +110 ELI MANNING (NYG) INTERCEPTIONS PK -130
Manning has been taking great care of the ball lately, tossing just two interceptions over the past four games including the regular season. Richards has managed just one goal and one assists over his past 10 games. This one might end up being 1-0, but look for Manning to make at least one mistake.
JETS SHOTS ON GOALS -1.5 -120 TOM BRADY (NE) COMPLETIONS +1.5 EVEN
The Jets took just 21 shots on goal in their loss at Florida Friday night, and they had 24 SOG in Tuesday's 2-1 win in Philadelphia. Brady has 22 or more completions in each of his past eight games, and 13 of the past 14. The Canadiens are sixth in the NHL, allowing 28.7 shots per game, and the Jets take 29.7 shots per game. Brady will likely need 28 completions to win this prop, so it is going to be close. The fact the Jets play in a matinee also might mean sluggishness on offense. Take Brady.
CANADIENS GOALS PK -110 GIANTS+PATRIOTS TOTAL FIELD GOALS MADE PK -110
The Canadiens have scored 2.61 goals per game this season, and the Jets have been playing pretty good defense lately. We'll likely need just three field goals to win this prop, and that looks like a pretty good certainty.
JETS+CANADIENS GOALS -0.5 -130 ELI MANNING (NYG)+TOM BRADY (NE) TD PASSES +0.5 +110
The Jets and Canadiens aren't exactly the most impressive offenses going, and a matinee might make them look like they're skating in sand. We should get least three touchdown passes combined between these two QBs, and perhaps as many as five. Take the two QBs to win this prop.