NHL Betting: Ranger danger for Pittsburgh



Ottawa started a seven-game road trip with a loss in Boston, and now head to Buffalo seeking a victory over the Sabres. Buffalo managed to snap a losing streak in their last game but traded away their captain Jason Pominville at the deadline - a clear showing they doubt their own chances of making the play-offs. These two teams allow on average more shots a game than anybody so expect some busy goalies, but there's clearly a difference in the quality of chances they give up; the Senators have the joint best defence in the league. Buffalo haven't been entirely convincing at home and Ottawa have won all three meetings between this year, so back the Senators including overtime at 1.86.

On Wednesday the New York Rangers picked up a big result with a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Now the venues have switched as the hosting Pens look to get back to winning ways. The Rangers iced three new players in that game and remarkably they all scored. Most significant were the two goals for Ryane Clowe, who could be a big player for them down the stretch. It's now two heavy losses for the East-topping Penguins since Sidney Crosby's injury, so two days after a clear victory New York are worth a go out at 2.95.

A triple header between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks comes to a conclusion tonight. After two the aggregate scoreline is 9-2 to the dominant Ducks. Even in the second contest that ended 5-2 Anaheim went 3-0 before Dallas troubled the scorers, and this week has really damaged the Stars' play-off chances. I have to go with another Anaheim win here as it's just been too easy for them. The -1.5 handicap is at 2.35 and maybe even -2.5 is worth a look at 4.10. Teemu Selanne clearly enjoys facing the Stars and has a goal in both games - he's 3.35 to complete a hat trick of sorts.

Best bet: New York Rangers to win at 2.95