There will be wins for the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild tonight, says Unibet’s ice hockey expert Mike Fuller…
St Louis Blues 2.15, the Tie 3.70, Boston Bruins 3.00 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
You could find both these excellent teams available at 10.00 to lift the Stanley Cup right now and this contest is a good measuring stick for how they need to improve come playoff time.
Interestingly, Boston captain Zdeno Chara won't be available tonight because he'll be carrying the Slovakian flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, there's no doubt his missing 25 minutes could have an effect against such a good offensive team.
That being said, the Bruins have arguably the best goalie in the NHL too with Tuukka Rask they can deny any side, there's also the fact St Louis have been kept to one goal four times within the last month when it had only happened once up to January 10th.
The Blues have some defensive concerns of their own lately going close with clubs they had previously been casting aside, in the recent big games too their record hasn't been great contributing to them losing three of the last five at home. In contrast the Bruins are going through one of their more dominant spells so take them to sneak a road victory out at 3.00.
Minnesota Wild 2.02, the Tie 3.80, Nashville Predators 3.20 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
Minnesota will try to send their fans away very happy in their last game before the extended break by notching up a fifth straight home victory.
The Wild have already shutout Nashville twice this season, most recently last month, unlike in the first contest with them back in November they managed to get on top of the Predators powerplay and that remains an essential task tonight.
Although he didn't register last time out Mikael Granlund has been going through an impressive production stretch and been trusted with a lot of ice time by Mike Yeo, Zach Parise too is still fired up after being named captain of Team USA for Sochi and with Mikku Koivu absent it's vital their effectiveness continues.
Trading for goalie Devan Dubnyk hasn't worked out at all for the Preds although an improving Carter Hutton has offset that to some degree, most of that has come on their own ice so they still are pretty averaging three goals against on the road with one of the worst offensive outputs too. Because Minnesota aren't too prolific I'd be hesitant about taking on the handicap, but I'm confident the Wild will see this one through.
Best Bet: Minnesota Wild to win at 2.02.