NHL Betting: Columbus to punish Detroit. Again

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been a huge thorn in the side of Detroit all season long, taking seven points from eight against the Red Wings despite spending the majority of their time at the foot of the West. It's their fifth and final meeting this evening and you have to figure Detroit will be glad to see the back of the Jackets; better results against them and the Red Wings would be in a great position. Columbus enter this one having broken out of last place thanks to a stunning four-game winning streak, though they still start way back at 3.75. Why not take that on and see if they can keep up both their form and hold over Detroit.

Chicago's remarkable streak finally ended at 24 games when Colorado served them a heavy regulation defeat on Friday. Expect a backlash against the Edmonton Oilers tonight, a team who now finds themselves as the basement club in the Western Conference. Edmonton are winless in five, all on the road, Most recently they were stuffed 6-0 by Nashville, a game that included a humiliating goal from the middle of the ice that somehow bounced through goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Blackhawks still have their home record at United Center to protect, so back them with a -1.5 goal handicap at 2.40.

Minnesota versus Vancouver is a key game in the Northwest Division: the Canucks can either extend their lead at the summit, or the Wild can finally draw level after chasing for so long. A major factor in Vancouver's domination of the Northwest over the last five years has been their record in intra-divisional matches; since 2008 they have won 72 and lost just 22, a remarkable display of supremacy. That trend has continued this year with already two victories over the Wild, but I think Minnesota as the form team can buck the trend at 2.60, especially at home, where they've excelled.

Best bet: Columbus Blue Jackets to win at 3.75