NHL Betting: The Minnesota Wild can clip Detroit's Red Wings

Minnesota - Detroit

Only two regulation losses since the beginning of February means the Wild are a tough outfit to brush aside and that's just as well for their play-off push as their points tally steadily rises.

Like last season they seemed destined for a low seeding but with an eight point gap back to 9th they seem in a much more comfortable position this time around. Much of that is down to their stellar home record and only Boston have conceded fewer in their own building.

This month has also brought a stark divide in the Red Wings' success home and away, they're yet to secure a road point in the face of some difficult trips and this one will be little easier. Daniel Alfredsson, Gustav Nyquist and goalie Jimmy Howard starred in an overtime victory against Pittsburgh on Thursday which has to go down as a huge result because of their extensive injury report. Against clubs from the West it's been difficult for them and particularly the Central Division that houses many of their foes from before realignment.

With another clash tomorrow night in Motor City, I've got the Wild to grind it out.


San Jose - Washington

Now sole owners of the Pacific lead, the Sharks are heading for a high post-season seeding with the precious commodity of momentum.

Washington are building too after the damage of back-to-back losses to rivals, seven points from the last eight including very close games with LA and Anaheim make them well placed to take something from their final game of a West coast road trip. Jaroslav Halak has made a big difference to a team that allows a lot of shots, a concious effort has been made though to cut out defensive zone turnovers and as San Jose expect to play so much of the time in your zone that's a must for tonight.

If the Caps can maintain the all around game they've displayed these last few weeks I'll take the tie through regulation here at 3.85 with previous from the clash earlier in the season.


Best Bet: Minnesota Wild to win at 2.05