NHL Betting: Kings to reign supreme against Calgary

Just the two match-ups on the NHL schedule today, opening with the Boston Bruins' trip across the border to Ottawa. Boston should grab top spot in the conference if they fare even fairly well in their games in hand but the Senators are also in form and especially strong at Scotiabank Place. Defensively, both these teams are excellent so don't expect a flurry of scores here; recall their meeting last month, when the Bruins won 2-1 in overtime. That surely makes under 4.5 total goals at 2.15 worth a look. The regulation tie is tempting at 3.85 but as Boston are so heavily favoured in the odds despite being the road side I like Ottawa's chances at 2.24 including OT.

After a disastrous start to the season the Los Angeles Kings have completed a remarkable turnaround and could be fourth in the West by the final buzzer tonight. They face a Calgary Flames side who have already fallen to the Kings twice in 2013, so are unlikely to be relishing taking to the Staples Center ice again. Jeff Carter netted in each of those games and, after scoring 13 goals in 13, leads the League in game winners with six. Back him for at least one more at 2.30. I have to go with the Kings to come out on top at 1.78; they should be too strong for the Flames and will probably overcome a -1.5 handicap for that little bit extra at 2.25.

Best bet: Los Angeles Kings with -1.5 goal handicap at 2.25