NHL Betting: Minnesota will go wild in Detroit

The Minnesota Wild have been well worth backing lately, picking up some great results and moving through the pack. 

Detroit are their next opponents and a team they are very evenly matched with. Each has a win in their two contests this season and only one point separates them in the standings. 

Pavel Datsyuk scored in both of the previous meetings and is also putting together a decent point streak right now. He's 3.20 to score. 

The Red Wings will always be a tough challenge at Joe Louis Arena, though I think Minnesota will continue their recent form and are a great option again at 2.95.

A four game losing streak has seen the Colorado Avalanche take a dive down to last place in the West. They can arrest the slide against Dallas today, but the Stars need two points as well. 

The Avs have now won only one of the five games since being the first club to defeat Chicago in regulation, a result that was supposed to kickstart their season. 

Dallas are right on the bubble of play-off qualification and could jump up into the top eight by the final buzzer. They recovered well from being thrashed 8-1 by Chicago to knock off Calgary at the weekend. 

With another game against the Stars in Dallas this coming Saturday, the Avalanche must improve now to avoid a potential disaster. I believe they will at 2.35.

We close out with a big one. Anaheim meet Chicago, in only the second clash between the Western Conference's two outstanding teams this season. 

This game will set a new NHL record, as it features the two teams with the best ever records after 25 games. It's ten points back to their nearest challengers and they rank as the West's best teams in both offense and defence, a contrast being that the Blackhawks have generated more of their goals 5 on 5 and Anaheim doing a lot of their work on the powerplay. 

At 2.50 each it appears a coin flip, but I'm firmly backing the Ducks as the home team where they have gone 12-1 in 2013.

Best Bet: Minnesota Wild to win at 2.95

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