NHL Betting: Devils and Panthers to share the spoils


So Detroit were eliminated last night and there is a real chance that San Jose and Chicago could be joining them on their summer holiday later today.

The Sharks have only scored seven goals in their four games against St Louis and that will have to change quickly if they are to turn the series around. It'll be extremely tough to do this though as St Louis had the best home record during the regular season and their fans will be desperate to see them win a play-off series for the first time since 2002. The Blues are 1.90 to seal it within three periods.

For Chicago they must feel the luck isn't with them as they're in this situation despite taking all the games beyond 60 minutes. Their opponents Phoenix have played brilliantly in the clutch moments and they will be full of belief on the back of those dramatic wins. The Coyotes are on home ice as well at the brilliantly named Jobing.com Arena but the 2010 Champions Blackhawks won't go quietly at 2.06 including overtime.

Everyone else involved tonight is locked in a 2-2 tie with their opponents, meaning everything is still to play for. The toughest one to call would seem to be the New Jersey Devils at the Florida Panthers, as neither team seems capable of capitalising on any momentum. As the pressure mounts on both teams, the games will tighten up further and this one could well go to overtime at 3.55.

The other two games see the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers still start as big favourites against their lower seeded challengers. Both are 1.90 to win and class should see them come through against Washington and Ottawa.

Best Bet: New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers to tie in regulation at 3.55.