NHL Betting: Fresh Colorado Avs To Upset Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche

To say Tampa have had a tough schedule this month would be an understatement and the moment it eased off they were put into a back to back.

Half the job is done after topping Arizona last night but Colorado are a step up and there's the added fatigue factor too. It's harsh on the Avs to have 61 points and still be bottom of their division, a testament to the strength of the Central.

Victory over Chicago on Friday showed what they can do and three wins in four has kept their very faint playoff hopes alive. Tyson Barrie makes them tick from the back end and was the main reason their struggling powerplay finally got a jolt a couple of nights ago.

Look out for captain Gabriel Landeskog too as he's been going to work at the net of late and has a goal in five straight, the Swede is available at 4.10 to score. When these two met last month it turned into a real goalie duel between Semyon Varlamov and Ben Bishop, the Bolts emerged via the shootout despite arguably being second being second best on the night.

It's likely to be Andrei Vasilevskiy in with Bishop involved last night so a showdown between the two Russian netminders should be interesting. I'm going to tip the upset tonight though, Colorado should be fresher and start as outsiders despite being at home.


Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild v Edmonton Oilers : News Photo

A huge game in the context of the West with both clubs very much in the running.

It's 3-1 to Minnesota in the season series but the only clash of 2015 ended 7-1 to the Stars. That probably did the Wild a favour by convincing them their goaltending wasn't up to scratch and the pickup of Devan Dubnyk has turned their season around.

By the end of the night Minny could be in a wildcard spot and they look tough to stop, Dubnyk only had 15 saves to make and picked up his sixth shutout of the season in Edmonton on Friday.

Dallas are coming off a wild 7-6 OT loss to Detroit yesterday, unacceptable when they entered the third period 5-2 up. Five goals shipped at San Jose two days earlier too shows a defensive frailty that will probably end up being their undoing.

Don't be surprised if this one goes to overtime with so much on the line but it's tough to go against Minnesota at 1.90 when they've only lost once in regulation since January 19th.

Best Bet: Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.60