NHL Betting: Minnesota to clip the Red Wings



The New York Islanders will be feeling great after their top two forward lines stepped to help them come back from 3-1 down to win 7-4 in Toronto. Boston, meanwhile, have been checked back slightly from a strong opening by a shootout loss to New York's other team. Both of those results occurred last night so this may be a slow starter - fewer than 1.5 goals in the first is at 1.80. With the Isles way back at 3.85 they are worth a look, but the Bruins are usually so strong at TD Garden and unlikely to be so forgiving if the visitors start poorly.

Turning heads right now are the Ottawa Senators, who have a perfect record from three games, allowing just two goals in that time. That defensive record will be tested away at the high powered Tampa Bay Lightning, though if those two cancel each other out it will likely be the Bolts' own performance at the back that decides this one. Ottawa have been lighting the lamp regularly too so could well expose Tampa's shaky blueline. I fancy them to escape with a win at 2.75.

Minnesota have embarked on their first road trip of the season, travelling to Detroit for a tasty looking encounter with the Red Wings. A tough ask for the Wild for sure, but Detroit have already been proved fallible at Joe Louis Arena by Columbus. The Red Wings haven't failed to make the play-offs since 1990, and although it's been an indifferent first week for them they will surely improve. Hopefully not tonight though, as Minny look good value at 2.04 including overtime.

Best bet: Minnesota Wild to win at 2.75