NHL Betting: Hurricanes to blow New York away

Long Island is the setting for the New York Islanders' match against the Carolina Hurricanes. It's been a week that the Isles will certainly want to forget: John Tavares and co are in desperately need of a win after dropping four straight, and this could be long season for them. Carolina are in a decent situation with room to improve. Cam Ward's form in net is a particular boost. New York have been given the edge at 2.35, but go for the Hurricanes to add to their woes at 2.60.

Calgary are the final team to play their tenth game at home tonight, versus divisional rivals Minnesota. The Flames have plenty of work to do to get back in contention for the post-season and must do it with a number of absentees. Rumblings have begun about the future of Wild coach Mike Yeo because of their indifferent form; he received the dreaded vote of confidence from his superiors prior to a win over Nashville on Saturday, and another dip in form would no doubt test their patience further. Again this has the appearance of a coin flip with both starting at 2.50. Take Minnesota, who at least have some momentum, including overtime at 1.92.

Another road team looking to take advantage against struggling opponents are Phoenix, who shouldn't be fearing a visit to Colorado. The Avalanche are in a real rut offensively, yet the situation with restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly remains unsolved. The Coyotes aren't much better in the forward department, but a hammering at Chicago aside, they have been incredibly tight defensively of late. They shut down San Jose two days ago, and should be able to do the same to the Avs at 2.45.

Best bet: Phoenix Coyotes to win at 2.45