NHL Betting: Ice-cool Avalanche to freeze out the Ducks again

Dallas - Calgary

Rich Peverley remains at the forefront of anything Dallas-related at the moment as it was announced that the heart defect that caused his dramatic midgame collapse on Monday will rule him out of the rest of the season.

The Stars secured a fitting tribute to their ailing teammate in the form of a third straight win 24 hours later. That has only extended a good stretch for Lindy Ruff's men, they are 8-2-1 since the start of February and should the standings stay the same are postseason bound.

A win and good performance for veteran goalie Tim Thomas on his first start was huge with the highly dependable Kari Lehtonen out injured, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are sizzling up front and that does not bode well for Calgary when they are missing a number of potent forwards of their own.

Already comfortably beaten twice by the Stars and the possessors of a terrible road record I really can't see the Flames upsetting here, so I'll take Dallas over the -1.5 handicap at 2.45.


Colorado - Anaheim

When the Avalanche thrashed Anaheim 6-1 on opening night little did we know it was a pre-cursor for their entire season.

After a midway blip no team has secured more points in 2014 than the Avs and their only blemish in the last seven games is a loss to league leading St Louis. Of course the Ducks shrugged that result off very quickly and have had an equally impressive campaign so far. Lately they've stuttered but despite being winless in four, they hold on to second place in the West.

I'm not sure they've put in a worse performance all year than the effort ending in a 7-2 beating at the hands of lowly Calgary, and the slump could be linked back to the trade deadline when they clearly made moves to free up cap space with Dustin Penner departing and then the big acquisition failed to materialise.

Matt Duchene is currently riding the longest point streak of his career at nine games, he's flying right now on a line with the equally influential Ryan O'Reilly despite linemate PA Parenteau joining Alex Tanguay and Paul Stastny in the treatment room.

It's surprising to note that the Ducks' troubles have come during a period of mostly home games and their road form hasn't really contributed, I still think that Colorado are a great option here however.

Best Bet: Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.40