NHL Betting: Minnesota to run wild against Dallas

Opening night produced plenty of drama and surprises, but now the reality of the congested NHL schedule sets in for players. The Dallas Stars won't have had chance to enjoy their first win; instead they would have been straight on a two hour flight to Minnesota ahead of their game against the Wild.

That must be draining so it's a tough ask for them to be 100% against a side that also won yesterday on the back of renewed impetus coming in to the season. I think that makes Minnesota a solid bet at 2.10.

There were differing fortunes for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in big opening fixtures, but both are straight back in to the fray at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are many people's Stanley Cup pick, but they were brushed aside by Boston and now will be anxious to avoid an 0-2 start.

Pittsburgh don't have that pressure and were impressive if not spectacular versus Philadelphia. They'll be looking to work over New York in similar fashion. This one's a tough call but 2.55 could be the longest you'll find on the Penguins for one game all year, so take it.

Two teams that weren't involved yesterday, the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames, get their campaigns underway at the Saddledome. Neither made the play-offs last season so they have plenty to prove. This could be a cagey one as a consequence, and you can get 1.80 on fewer than 5.5 total goals. Odds are evenly split at 2.50 for each team; with little to gauge them on go with the more talented Sharks roster including overtime and shootout at 1.88.

Best bet: Minnesota Wild to beat Dallas at 2.10