NHL Betting: Nashville To Prey On Ducks And Take Outright League Lead


New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia are closing out a five game home stand and so far they've taken maximum points to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

They've also had five days off since shutting out Toronto, coach Craig Berube has really been urging his side to use it wisely and push on from here because it's a long way back.

This is a tough game to pick as Philly have the form and the Islanders are struggling, however the visitors are set up well to be successful in this matchup as evidenced by the 7-4 win last month.

I'd pin New York's three straight losses on some inconsistent goaltending and digging themselves a hole in the first period. One major worry for the Isles is Kyle Okposo's injury, John Tavares produced a great January but he's lost his main linemate for at least six weeks because of a detached retina.

It's hard not to like their offensive balance though, Tavares can make any winger look good and the diligent Frans Nielsen brings out the best in Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome on the second line.

We've seen the Islanders throw in a few of these dips throughout the course of the season but they've utterly dominated divisional contests going 16-2 against fellow Metropolitan clubs. Back their blend of speed and skill to bust the Flyers at 2.35

 

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators

One to really look forward to as the NHL's top two clubs go at it trying to separate their tie on 72 points.

The important news is that Pekka Rinne will be back in the Nashville net sooner than expected, the Ducks faced Carter Hutton in their shootout win last month so that game doesn't count as a fair reflection.

Losses to San Jose and Chicago followed by an unconvincing shootout success over Carolina don't place the Ducks in scintillating form, spending most of the last month back at home has helped their cause.

Three times in their last seven road outings they've allowed six goals, again only one of those involved starting goalie Frederik Andersen but more so recently they opened themselves up when chasing games and haven't won in regulation when conceding first since mid-December.

Colin Wilson is my Predator to look out for after registering the winner against Toronto last time out, he's moved onto the top line with Forsberg and Ribeiro and needs just one more point to set a career high total for a season.

Only Chicago and Pittsburgh have escaped Bridgestone Arena with a regulation win and while I don't doubt Anaheim are capable there seems little value in backing them to force a rare blemish. To me 2.50 is a steal on Nashville grabbing the outright league lead once more.

Best Bet: Nashville Predators to win at 2.50