NHL Betting: Lightning won't strike the Maple Leafs


An equaliser in the last 10 seconds of regulation, before an over-time winner, helped Tampa Bay to a massive win over Florida. 

As it happens, Toronto's last opponent was also Florida, in which they managed to secure a simple victory with a shut-out to boot. That should give us some gauge on the matchup today between the Lightning and Maple Leafs. 

On the evidence you have to favour Toronto. Tampa could get the win if they turn it in to the offensive slugfest that suits them, but take the Leafs to keep it tight for the victory at 3.20.

Nashville lost out in an uncharacteristically wild encounter against Colorado yesterday afternoon, but are straight back on the ice to host the Detroit Red Wings. 

Goalie Pekka Rinne was rested, which explains the shipment of goals. Detroit are unlikely to be relishing going up against the outstanding Finn, who has only conceded more than a single goal twice in his last eight starts. 

With that in mind you can get 3.00 on fewer than 1.5 total goals by the Red Wings, so back Rinne to come up big. This is an important game in the Central division but Detroit have slipped a little again recently, so also back Nashville for the win at 2.30.

Who will stop Chicago? The Blackhawks have stayed unbeaten in regulation through 15 games and Vancouver are next in the firing line at the United Center. It took 91+ points to get in to the play-offs last season, which by my hasty maths equates to 54 points over the shortened 49 game schedule.

The Hawks are halfway to that total already. Ryan Kesler is two games into his comeback from a long injury lay-off and has done well without finding his true form just yet. 

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews has spoken about the fact his team aren't doing anything special, merely making sure that they compete with the same intensity in every game. I'm not about to go against them at this stage and they are at 2.25 for the victory in regulation.

Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to win at 3.20

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