NHL Betting: Minnesota to make the most of home comforts in Game Six

Minnesota Wild - Colorado Avalanche

This series is still going with serve after Colorado recovered from the disappointments of Games 3 and 4 via a dramatic victory at Pepsi Center on Saturday. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon stole the show yet again with a pair of assists and the game winner. The 18-year-old's 10 playoff points lead all players but doing it in the clutch moments is even more impressive.

Patrick Roy refused to criticise his young team for their slack efforts through the road games in Minnesota and it's doing a great job taking the pressure off. The coach has also shown he's not afraid to be bold and his decision to pull the goalie earlier than most at the death has paid off twice in this series alone.

Both coaches have stressed the importance of sending out lines second when playing at home, from both offensive and defensive standpoints it allows Roy or Mike Yeo to get the matchups they want more regularly.

Of course it's the Wild who have that advantage tonight and their control of the two previous home encounters makes them the clear value option.


Los Angeles Kings - San Jose Sharks

Hold that phone, it's two games down for the LA Kings as they attempt to become only the fourth team in play-off history to recover from a 3-0 series deficit.

Nerves won't have been jangling for the Sharks until dropping at home, and they need to emotionally detach again because playing a composed game worked out much better from their point of view as Saturday's effort was overzealous to say the least.

Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty were the Kings' best performers through the regular season and it seems that isn't about to change. The latter is averaging over four more minutes of ice time than any player on either team so expect to see a lot of Doughty in all situations.

It's been a tough series for goalie Jonathan Quick though, and the shutout last time out should be a big confidence boost for him, meanwhile his counterpart Antti Niemi hasn't finished either of the last two after being yanked by Todd McLellen, and backup Alex Stalock could get the start in his place.

Behind a noisy Staples Center crowd the Kings dramatically tieing the series at 2.40 has to be worth it.

Best Bet: Minnesota Wild to win at 2.30.