NHL Betting: Colorado To Wrap Up Another Win As Stanley Cup Odds Tumble


There will be wins for the LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche tonight, writes Unibet ice hockey columnist Mike Fuller...


Los Angeles Kings 2.33, the Tie 3.75, Winnipeg Jets 2.70 – BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT

LA have the ball rolling again after stalling badly through January and could make it six straight over Winnipeg.

Barring a six goal burst against Colorado they've done it by holding opponents to a goal or less which is no bad thing now they've figured how to put up a couple of their own again.

Darryl Sutter has also been given some extra help in the scoring area with Marian Gaborik joining from Columbus, at this point last season I was predicting a similar effect for the Jackets but the 3-time 40-goalscorer can be a lift to any team given the right help.

Andrew Ladd might have had a pair on Tuesday but the Jets missed a trick when they fell to the NY Islanders that night, they are also yet to play a playoff side since coming back and after getting their feathers ruffled won't enjoy LA typically getting in their faces.

As their run to the Cup in 2012 proved it's very difficult to stop the Kings when they get rolling, even accounting for Winnipeg's confidence I think they look good value for another victory at 2.33.

 

Colorado Avalanche 2.60, Detroit Red Wings 2.40 – BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT

Wins keep coming for Colorado to keep them alongside the elite – but they still lag way behind in the chase for the Stanley Cup.

I'm not saying that's unjust as I think even the Avs themselves would brush off the suggestion they are a contender, goalie Semyon Varlamov masks a number of deficiencies and at times their flat out exuberance somehow just drags thenm through.

This is an old school rivalry matchup that has undoubtedly lost some of its intensity, wrestling back some of the control and worsening the Wings playoff worries is likely to fire up Patrick Roy who played through the fiercest years of it.

We might have seen Detroit completely outmatched at center had they not picked up David Legwand yesterday to try and cope with their injuries, as it is I still think they might struggle to handle Colorado's offensive depth. A road win in Chicago last time out took them to a tied league best 19 away victories and I'll back the Avalanche to bring up 20 tonight.

 

Best Bet: Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.60