NHL Betting: Penguins to glide past Islanders

Pittsburgh can match Chicago's 11-game win streak from earlier in the season with a victory over the New York Islanders tonight. The way they've swept other challengers aside you have to fancy their chances. New York may have topped them back in January, but the Penguins have two clear wins since then and I'd expect them to display too much firepower once again tonight. That was true even before it was revealed Evgeni Malkin may return from injury, so back Pittsburgh at 2.05.

The Washington Capitals have a chance to deal a quick double blow to their division leaders Winnipeg after a 4-0 success just last night. That was a slightly unexpected result - the Jets have been strong of late - but it's now consecutive shutouts against them for the Caps, who clearly enjoy the match-up. In fact, the road team has skated away with the points from all three meetings, so 3.00 is good value on a repeat Washington triumph. By the sky-high standards set earlier in his career Alex Ovechkin is having another slightly underwhelming season, but had three points yesterday and is 2.90 to score another goal here.

Another pair of clubs meeting multiple times this week are Anaheim and Detroit, with the Ducks hosting battles tonight and Sunday. Anaheim passed a significant test against Chicago last time out, and theirs must be a hugely confident locker room right now. The Red Wings felt the full force in a 5-2 loss last month and despite having plenty of experience in their line-up have thrown away a lot of leads this year. Comebacks is something the Ducks have done better than anybody, incidentally. Definitely take another Anaheim win at 2.05, though I think the -1.5 handicap is a better option for 2.85.

Best bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 2.05