NHL Betting: Montreal to enjoy Philadelphia freedom

The trade deadline day may steal some attention away from tonight’s on-ice action, but the afternoon cut-off ensures that all the drama will be done and dusted before the puck drops. 

Montreal haven't let up on their impressive under the radar season and are reaping rewards for being so consistent. They are second in the East and qualification is imminent. 

Speaking of consistency, it's eluded the Philadelphia Flyers so far and a failure to put three wins together is a huge reason for their struggles. 

A massive bonus for the Canadiens has been their NHL-leading number of goals from defencemen. PK Subban leads the individual count with ten, which is as many as Philadelphia's entire group of blueliners. Montreal have been the more reliable option all season and are worth taking on here at 2.35.

Edmonton have picked a good time to turn it on. After four consecutive wins they could move up in to the top eight if they knock off the Calgary Flames for the second time this week and make it five.

On Monday the Oilers leapt out to a 3-0 first period lead and didn't look back. Calgary have suffered badly when conceding first, so they really need to make a quick start tonight.  

Edmonton have taken all those wins by at least a two goal margin, and with their current form, taking on the -1.5 handicap for 3.65 may just pay out again.

Another club on an upward curve are the San Jose Sharks, who are rediscovering their hot form from the start of the season. 

Their last defeat came ten days ago and was inflicted by the Minnesota Wild. With the Wild in town later tonight, there’s a chance for revenge. 

That last meeting was a physical, low scoring affair and the Sharks in particular have continued in a similar vein through recent games. Take a look at under 4.5 goals at 2.12. 

Leaving the Shark Tank unscathed is a tough ask, but I think the Wild are strong enough to manage it and are good value including overtime at 2.24.

Best Bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.35

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