NHL Betting: Ducks to down San Jose

Crunch time is approaching for the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, but it's not an insurmountable gap between them and the top eight. Despite that, Peter Laviolette is perhaps the most under pressure coach in the NHL at this stage: Philly have zero cap space and were supposed to be ready to win the Cup, so it's highly unlikely he'll keep his job if the Flyers don't make the play-offs. Back Tampa to take a much needed win at 2.35 - that's good value against a team that struggles on the road. It'll also be Philly's stalwart Finnish defenceman Kimmo Timonen's 1000th NHL game. He doesn't get many but is 6.00 to score an aptly timed goal.

Minnesota's battle with Vancouver for the Northwest Division looks like it may be one of the storylines of the season. Tied through 27 games, the Canucks host today's duel for supremacy. It's Minnesota who have all the momentum; the Wild have been in great form recently and neutralised the considerable lead Vancouver had built up. The Canucks have contributed to that via their own disappointing efforts this month; bad special teams have been a contributing factor. Despite all that Minnesota are way out at 3.25 or 2.35 including overtime. That's definitely worth taking on.

Anaheim must have Chicago fully in their sights; victory tonight against rivals San Jose will put the Ducks just three points behind the league leaders. San Jose have been doing just about enough to stay amongst the fight in the West, having found some offensive power again after a long stretch of impotence. Over the next ten days these two will play three times, and in the two games so far this season home side has always come out on top. Corey Perry's suspension for a late hit against Minnesota means he is absent for the Ducks, but they should still have enough to win here at 2.10.

Best bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 2.10