NHL Betting: In-Form Nashville To Prey On Struggling Minnesota


Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators

Minnesota haven't won consecutive hockey games since mid November and have just one win in five, that gradual slide means they now find themselves bottom of the highly competitive Central Division.

As a result coach Mike Yeo would appear to be the next man on the block but right now he's at the mercy of his underperforming goalie tandem and there's not much more he can do than make sure they face fewer shots than any others across the league.

An injury to Darcy Kuemper means there's a chance for Niklas Backstrom to turn the tide, only two goalies with over 15 appearances this campaign have a worse save percentage than the Finn.

Some really wild contests recently haven't stopped Nashville taking at least a point from the previous seven and they hit the halfway point of the season with the best record in the NHL.

This is not the time to get complacent though and I'm sure the 24 goals conceded over their six most recent road assignments will be concerning Peter Laviolette, that stretch includes a 6-5 OT win here at Xcel Energy Center where they blew a lead of two in the final ten minutes and that's not the only instance of them yielding late advantages.

For 50 minutes though the Predators dominated proceedings and when the Wild are short on confidence I can't see managing anything different this time round, to me it seems an easy choice to back Nashville when the odds are even.

 

Ottawa Senators at Arizona Coyotes

A couple of very heavy losses have overshadowed the fact Arizona have more points from the last ten games than any other club in their division, with two more home tilts to come in the week after this there's a chance to build on five wins from six at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes are still struggling for offensive consistency as in the past two weeks they've either been shut out or scored over four times, guys like Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzel can produce multi point performances but more often go missing. 

This is a good opportunity to put in one of their better efforts against a Senators club that's lost three in a row and I feel a team like Ottawa always give you a chance to make some plays.

For them it's solving the issue of Erik Karlsson, the free-flowing Swede is down on production from the last three seasons and leads the league with 57 giveaways that also equates to over a sixth made by the entire Senators team.

It's a worrying trait when other teams might see your best player as an area to target and they need to support him better through the neutral zone.  I think Arizona are really good value for the win tonight at 2.30

Best Bet: Nashville Predators to win at 2.50