NHL Betting: Dallas will beat Nashville and reach for the stars

A terrible weekend for the Washington Capitals saw them drop to heavy defeats on both days. Tonight they re-enter the fray to duel with the leaders of their division, the Carolina Hurricanes. 

It looks like Winnipeg are becoming the only challengers to Carolina's hold on the South East division. If the 'Canes can hold them off they will breeze into the post-season. 

They look extremely well-balanced, winning five of the last six with some big contributions from Alexander Semin. He's 3.20 to score and continue a hot streak. Back the far more reliable Hurricanes to get it done at 2.70.

Winnipeg aren't far short of the play-offs at the moment but are definitely doing it the hard way, earning wins on the road whilst being held back by their results at home. They haven't spent much time at MTS Centre recently and that has helped move them up the table. 

However, they are back in front of their own fans tonight, against the Maple Leafs. Toronto arrive with a similarly strong away record but clear of the Jets in the standings because they've been successful in their own building. I think that the Maple Leafs at 2.65 is good value, having already won there earlier in the season.

Dallas or Nashville are tied on points just outside the top eight in the jammed up Western Conference and only need a short run of positive results to propel themselves back in to the mix. 

Right now that might be a difficult ask for Nashville, who are seriously lacking consistency and have gained less points over the last ten games than anybody else in the West. 

The Predators beat the Stars 5-4 last month, but that was during Dallas' spell without starting goalie Kari Lehtonen. He's been excellent in the three games since his return. With him in the net, back Dallas at 2.35.

Best Bet: Dallas Stars to win at 2.35

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