NHL Betting: Hosts Arizona Coyotes To Devour Dallas Stars

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens

Believe it or not Winnipeg are the hottest team in the West thanks to a remarkable defensive run backstopped by the often derided Ondrej Pavelec.

Over the past eight outings the Jets have only conceded more than a goal once and that was to an on fire Pittsburgh club which for obvious reasons always gives you a chance at two points.

Back to back successes have just about shrugged off Montreal's recent troubles even if they were against out of form opponents, their atypical leadership structure of a four man committee was beginning but that scrutiny has temporarily subsided.

It's not due to them emphatically stepping up it must be said, PK Subban and Tomas Plekanec have both been a bit goal shy lately whilst one of their playoff heroes earlier in the year Rene Bourque has been dumped down to AHL due to his terrible form.

They've taken wins in New York, Chicago and Ottawa this month so the Jets are definitely worth the go here at 2.35 including OT, personally though I'd go straight for the tie for 3.90 considering Winnipeg's recent taste for taking it past regulation


Dallas Stars at Arizona Coyotes

Dallas haven't won since a shootout victory in New Jersey and find themselves suddenly looking up at everyone else in the West, even though it's not been an easy slate of opponents the three home defeats in the last seven are seeing questions asked of coach Lindy Ruff.

Last time out they tried to rough up the San Jose Sharks and particularly known pest Antoine Roussel pushed it too far, the team shipped four third period goals and nobody could add to Tyler Seguin's hat trick.

Only a point better off are the Coyotes and they had a three game winning streak shut down by the NY Islanders on Saturday, that run actually doubled their total victories for the season Arizona's most damning statistic might be the shooting percentages of Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, they're two of only five defencemen to have taken over 50 shots each and combined they have three goals.

To put that into greater context of their forwards only Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker have more than 30 efforts on goal each, so much of their gameplan involves creating the space at the point for those guys and even though they're doing well in the assist column it isn't enough to power the whole offence.

Defensively though they've improved markedly and Mike Smith appears to have regained some confidence in net, I think they're the better play as only marginal favourites.

Best Bet: Arizona Coyotes to win at 2.45