NHL Betting: The Minnesota Wild can soar to victory over the Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets - Minnesota Wild

We're into the final week of the regular season and punching their play-off ticket, as they can do tonight before the tension of the final games, will surely bring Minnesota some satisfaction.

The Jets are officially done meanwhile. It was a topsy-turvy season that ultimately ends in disappointment for the Manitobans which should persuade them to restructure their defence and goaltending because that's where their biggest problems lie.

It's very possible Winnipeg could finish with the second most amount of goals conceded amongst the West, since March 1st they've won just two of nine at home and it's a similar record for holding their opponents to two goals or less.

This will be Minnesota's final road matchup and they've improved that weaker side of their record recently through victories in Phoenix and LA, plus taking a point from Chicago.

Both these clubs have significant injury lists at the moment and it's a very good job that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has stepped up with first and second choices ruled out. The Russian is yet to sample a regulation loss in a Wild jersey.

By this point though Minnesota should be relaxed and preparing for the postseason, and I like them tonight with the odds split.


New Jersey Devils - Calgary Flames

Certainly not the easy victory for New Jersey it appears to be on the surface, as the Flames continue to steal points from those with a much greater need.

Back-to-back successes have given Devils fans renewed hope they can barge their way into the East's top eight and now they're the best placed of those currently on the outside - making up the required ground on Columbus remains a tall order.

Three very winnable contests within the next few days should mean they can maintain momentum through to a final day showdown against Boston, and one final play-off attempt would be a nice send off for legends Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur.

Even though Calgary have been fighting hard I see them struggling to break down a defence that gives up little cheaply, New Jersey are also the best penalty killing team in the league.

As a minimum the Devils must extend their current point streak of seven but back them over the handicap here for 2.65.


Best Bet: Minnesota Wild to win at 2.50.