Betting on Kevin Hayes to take more than 2.5 shots against the Detroit Red Wings looks like a promising option given his recent surge in shots on goal.

Kevin Hayes has been in fine form for the Philadelphia Flyers over the past five games, averaging 4.8 shots on goal (SOG) and having more than 2.5 shots in four of those contests. His SOG stats have been even more impressive over the last 10 games, where he's up to 3.8 SOG per game with seven games over the 2.5 SOG threshold. On the season, Hayes is averaging 2.98 SOG, with 3.62 SOG at home and 2.42 SOG on the road. He's had more than 2.5 SOG in 23 games and less than 2.5 SOG in 22 games.

Given Hayes' recent hot streak in SOG and the matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, betting on him to take more than 2.5 shots looks like a sound bet. The Red Wings have had one of the worst defenses in the NHL this season, ranking 29th in goals against per game, and also sit towards the bottom of the league in blocked shots (15.57 per game) and shots against (31.00 per game). This presents a great opportunity for Hayes, who has been able to capitalize on weak defensive teams this season. He achieved a season-high five shots on goal twice against the Arizona Coyotes in January. He had four shots on goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the last game before the All-Star break, and is likely to take advantage of the Red Wings' weak defense.

Additionally, the Red Wings have had a hard time on offense this season, ranking 30th in the league in goals per game (3.09). With the Flyers likely to have the edge in possession time, Hayes should be able to get off plenty of shots. When the Flyers have had control of the game this season, he has been able to take advantage with more SOG.

Overall, taking the over on the 2.5 SOG line for Kevin Hayes against the Detroit Red Wings appears to be a promising option. His recent surge in SOG, combined with the Red Wings' weak defense and offense, make it probable that Hayes will be able to take advantage of the matchup and exceed the line set at 2.5 SOG.

o2.5 SOG (-133) @BetOnline