NHL Betting: Lightning won't strike in Washington



We start with a huge game in the context of the West: Central Division rivals the Detroit Red Wings and St Louis Blues sit 7th and 8th respectively. These two clubs met four times in the early stages of the season but haven't seen each other since February 13th, when the Blues left with a 4-3 overtime victory. Looking at the last ten games both have picked up six wins, and St Louis come in on the back of three consecutive successes. It's sure to be a tense affair, but I think the Blues might just ride their momentum to the two points. Make sure to include overtime for them though at 2.05.

After such a positive March the Minnesota Wild have begun this month without the same jump to their game and have lost three straight. They play Columbus, who must believe they can catch the Wild because of that recent vulnerability; right now the gap is five points. Slow starts have blighted Minnesota through those games, so it's imperative they don't fall to another first period deficit. Columbus haven't spent too much time on home ice but are on a four-game win streak at Nationwide Arena. Take the Blue Jackets at 2.45.

Washington are almost being handed the Southeast Division. Winnipeg and Carolina are struggling, and the Capitals have grasped the opportunity. A run of 15 points from 18 has taken them into the guaranteed play-off spot afforded to a division winner, and they play Tampa Bay tonight looking to press home their advantage. Finally their offense has come alive: Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have combined for 33 points in the last ten games alone. Meanwhile the Lightning aren't playing particularly poorly, but unlike the Caps haven't been able to put together anything significant. In fact Tampa have just one win in five on the road, so Washington look a safe option at 2.00.

Best Bet: Washington Capitals to win at 2.00