NHL Betting: Back Columbus to extinguish Flames

Four remaining teams begin their schedules this Friday night and one of them is the Ottawa Senators paying a visit to the Buffalo Sabres. 

Worryingly for Buffalo they struggled to lay any real shots on Detroit two nights ago but patience is needed with what is a pretty inexperienced lineup. 

Ottawa will be a fun team to watch with the back healthy Erik Karlsson leading their offensive rushes. I'm looking at them to get the victory at 2.35. Long term captain Daniel Alfredsson left unceremoniously but Jason Spezza has succeeded him and been given an explosive winger to play alongside in Bobby Ryan. They may well turn into one of the league's elite scoring duos and Ryan is at 3.20 to score on his debut. 

Blowing a 3-0 first period lead last night in Washington, it added weight to the argument that the Flames are going to struggle defensively this year. Tonight's opponents the Columbus Blue Jackets represent a much different challenge - more responsible in their own end but posing less of an attacking threat. 

You'd have to go back to February 2012 for the last time the Flames won a game scoring less than three goals. That just places pressure on your offence to get it done each night and I think they'll struggle to get through Sergei Bobrovsky. 

This is the Blue Jackets' first game and optimism is high despite their playoff near miss. Marian Gaborik should be settled into the surroundings now and they've tied goalie Bobrovsky down for the foreseeable future. Back Columbus with a -1.5 handicap at 2.65.

There’s been strong road wins so far for the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings. The betting is split at 2.50 for their contest at MTS Centre. 

Winnipeg were relocated to the Western Conference over the summer and quickly need to get accustomed to grittier teams like the Kings. Ondrej Pavelec faced 38 shots on Tuesday and that's not sustainable. 

You'll find LA as second favourites to take the West and this is an easier game for them on the back of a slightly fortunate victory at Minnesota. Playing on the road has seemingly little bearing on the Kings and when the odds are a coin flip they are worth taking here.

Best Bet

Columbus Blue Jackets to win with -1.5 handicap at 2.65

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