NHL Betting: Columbus won't be singing the blues in Nashville

Carolina have an excellent opportunity to get back in the win column as they host a suffering Florida Panthers side. A small blip has checked the Hurricanes, but they should not have any worries ahead of this one, having been big contributors to Florida's recent pain this season. 

The Panthers are dead last by a clear margin now, with a negative goal difference that far surpasses any other team and the bleak outlook is they might stay 30th for the foreseeable future. They could still turn it around with something remarkable, but I'm not sure the recovery starts here. Take Carolina at 1.88.

Columbus have shocked everybody and put together a run of form that can't be ignored. It's been 10 games since the Jackets went home without at least a point and they've rocketed back in to play-off contention as a result. 

Nashville will want to end that sequence soon, as including tonight’s game, the Predators are set to see Columbus four more times before the regular season is finished. Their own three game losing streak has allowed the Jackets to catch up in the Central Division and with their poor road form, could see them lose touch. I think Columbus are great value at 2.45.

Familiar foes Phoenix and Los Angeles will battle it out for the second time in 24 hours, after LA secured a comfortable 4-0 to start the double header on the front foot. 

As is so often the case, it was an early goal that defined the game. The Kings took an advantage in the first period and never looked back. Both of these teams have done an excellent job in holding onto leads this season. 

Phoenix will be anxious to respond, as otherwise their current road trip will end without even a point, but it's a tough ask as LA's record at Staples Center rivals that of any of the top clubs. Back the Kings with a -1.5 goal handicap at 2.70. You can also get 2.12 on fewer than 4.5 total goals.

Best Bet: Columbus Blue Jackets to win at 2.45

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