NHL Betting: Buffalo soldiers will outfight Toronto

Buffalo are the big story of the day, as they have themselves a new Head Coach (albeit an interim one) in the shape of Ron Rolston. 

The decision to fire Lindy Ruff after 16 years at the helm won't have been taking lightly by Sabres management. Losing at home to Winnipeg was the fateful result though and you can see why they felt it necessary with the team already adrift in the North East. 

In fact, a win tonight against Toronto might be considered imperative to their play-off ambitions. The Maple Leafs have won one, lost one versus Buffalo already this year but are a much more content hockey club. However, we often we see new coaches inspire a quick improvement, so back the Sabres at 2.90 tonight.

An even split in the odds promises an intriguing game between the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils, two teams at opposite ends of the Eastern conference. 

This is the first of a double header, with the teams also scheduled to meet in two days time and the side plots that emerge here will likely spill over to Saturday. 

New Jersey have been solid this season, as they base their play around the star power of Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk. We've seen signs though that the Caps are coming together. Only a tight loss against the Rangers stopped them winning three straight on the road, so take them at 2.50.

Statistically the worst offense in the league now belongs to the Minnesota Wild, averaging barely over two goals a game. 

Both the Wild and today's adversaries Edmonton sit ever so slightly off the average. In the post-season push, winning divisional matches can make all the difference so there should be plenty of desire to get the victory. The Oilers haven't been much better up front but at least have a power-play unit that is clicking. 

Taking into account Minnesota's extremely poor away record, I give the edge to Edmonton at 2.25.

Best Bet: Buffalo Sabres to win at 2.90

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