NHL Betting: Predators to prey on Edmonton



Florida were thrashed 7-1 by Washington last night, and will hope to recoup some pridea gainst Winnipeg, a team they've already beaten twice by a three-goal margin in 2013. The Jets are ninth in the East after a good win versus Tampa but are still only four points above the Panthers, who are rock bottom of the Conference. These are the NHL's two worst penalty kills, though they aren't guilty of being shorthanded too often - that discipline will be key here. Florida coach Kevin Dineen will surely have his players fired up to respond and citing those earlier conquests over Winnipeg. Go with the Panthers at 2.50.

Nashville's current stutter and subsequent slip outside the play-off spots has sapped some optimism from Music City. The Predators play another club on the outside looking in tonight - the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton are midway through a 21-day spell away from home and up to now it hasn't been the most successful of road trips; getting shut out in Detroit yesterday made it four straight losses. The surprising aspect of the Predators' poor form has been the manner in which they've slumped to some heavy defeats. For a line-up built for defensive hockey they can't expect to compete every time they allow a game to open up. This is a tough call, but back Nashville to snap the sequence at 2.00.

The final takes place in Anaheim, with the Ducks facing the Calgary Flames. If Calgary can maintain their recent form going forward they will move up the table, with defensive fears easing. Anaheim have toughed it out on the road recently but Honda Center remains a fortress for them; their only home loss of the season came back in January. Calgary are capable of testing that, but take the Ducks at 1.95 or with a -1.5 handicap for 2.75.

Best bet: Nashville Predators at 2.00