NHL Betting: Penguins to freeze out Tampa Bay



Pittsburgh are cruising along among the front runners in the East and after nicking one of the best games of the season in Montreal are looking to put more hurt on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts have again fallen into an extended losing streak, meaning they are now facing a real fight to make the play-offs. Tampa's poor form hasn't stopped the phenomenal Steven Stamkos on an individual level, though: he now leads the league in goals after notching in all but one of his last eight games and is 2.10 to score tonight. Having made the mistake of thinking the Lightning could cause an upset last time they met Pittsburgh, I'll back the Penguins at 1.85.

Anaheim and Phoenix will be getting very familiar over the next few days; the schedule has thrown them together for three consecutive games. Phoenix took the first in a shootout, with Steve Sullivan the only man to score, so it's fair to say there wasn't a lot between them on Saturday. Unsurprisingly that has meant the odds are very close with the Coyotes slightly ahead on home ice at 2.45. I'll tip the Ducks to answer back, though, as they are yet to lose twice in a row this season. But make sure to include overtime at 1.95.

Nashville are looking to add a third win this season over the Los Angeles Kings and complete a season sweep against the reigning champs. There's very little between the majority of the Western Conference right now, so a win for either side tonight could potentially take them as high as fourth. LA's attempt to break through the pack was halted by Vancouver but they still have games in hand to make it happen. The Kings' home form is also very good, so go with them to overcome a -1.5 handicap at 3.00.

Best bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 1.85