NHL Betting: Pittsburgh and Chicago are Sunday's stand outs


Pittsburgh-Winnipeg

An early puck drop in Pittsburgh sees the current favourites (at 7.00) to lift the Stanley Cup entertain the visiting Winnipeg Jets, who are coming off a 4-1 loss versus the East's other powerhouse the Boston Bruins last night.

Moving James Neal onto Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz's line to maintain a high-powered unit in the face of their injuries has yielded big results, with that trio combined registering 20 points in the last three games.

Jussi Jokinen's second line is providing some secondary scoring but beyond that the cupboard is pretty bare, in the end though they are that devastating it doesn't really matter considering their ruthless powerplays and dependable penalty killing.

The Jets have allowed four goals in the last two games and it's difficult to see them maintaining any solidity without outstanding performances from goalie Al Montoya, such as he displayed over a brief three game winning streak before the turn of the year.

I’ve been let down by Winnipeg on a number of occasions this year so I'm not about to tip them for the upset.

Back Pittsburgh to comfortably make it 12 consecutive home victories. 

 

Chicago-San Jose

There’s no respite for the San Jose Sharks as they attempt to rebound from yesterday's loss in Colorado.

Led by Joe Pavelski, the Sharks showed admirable resolve to finish within a goal despite falling to a 4-0 second period deficit at the Pespi Center, but they will be worried by Antti Niemi getting yanked after allowing three goals in barely over a minute. Alex Stalock allowed no further goals in relief and should get the start tonight.

All continues to be rosy in opponents the Chicago Blackhawks' world at the United Center, where they've won six straight by a total +20 goal difference. Goalie Corey Crawford has also successfully returned from injury just to sweeten coach Joel Quenneville's mood that little bit further.

Patrick Sharp netted a second hat-trick since Christmas last time out against New Jersey, and also scored three points the only time these two contested this season on this ice.

That game ended 5-1 in favour of the 'Hawks and I feel we might see something similar tonight.

It's a rare good price on Chicago at home, so back them at 2.05.

 

Best Bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win with -1.5 goal handicap at 2.28