NHL Betting: The Kings can rule over Phoenix, who struggle on the road

Boston - Minnesota

St Patrick's Day is always a big occasion in Boston and the Bruins' current eight game winning streak gives the fans at TD Garden even more reason to be in good spirits.

Now the top scoring club in the East it's a daunting statement for the rest, as very soon the B's may have the best goal difference in the NHL despite the slow offensive start to their campaign.

One victory in five looks bad at a critical stage for the Wild, but three of the losses came via shootouts which has eased the damage significantly. Mikku Koivu has returned to action but not to centering the top line because of the post-Olympics form of fellow Finn Mikael Granlund, with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville also the chief producers it's not the first time the Wild have complained about a lack of scoring depth.

Likely to be matched up against David Krejci's unit I don't hold out much hope for Minnesota unless they can win that battle, so take the hosts over the handicap at 2.50.


Los Angeles - Phoenix

March has been a relatively positive month for the Phoenix Coyotes but it seems like their direct competitors for the play-offs have more momentum. They've had two successes over the Kings this season although both came at home.

Powerplay linchpin on the blueline Keith Yandle has 11 assists in 12 to become their leading point scorer and their PP in general is firing, it's easier said than done breaking down the Kings but that might be their chance to open up the game.

Consecutive losses for LA brought their eight game streak to an end, in both contests the opposing goalie was named first star so I doubt they will be too down on it.

Head coach Darryl Sutter's made some interesting comments last week about the nature of his team, whilst the perception of them is a defence-focussed team "We don't play in our zone, so there isn't much defending" was a fair point so in that sense they don't score nearly enough for the amount of attacking possession.

Phoenix haven't won away at a Western Conference team not named Edmonton since early December, so I think we're more likely to see the Kings get back to winning ways than an upset tonight.


Best Bet: Los Angeles Kings to overcome -1.5 handicap at 2.50