NHL Betting: San Jose know their way to a win


The Western Conference's form side has to be the Minnesota Wild, with six consecutive wins, all coming by at least a two goal margin. 

At the opposite end of the spectrum are tonight's opponents Phoenix, who are ice cold and have again lost starting goalie Mike Smith to injury. 

When they were winning, the Coyotes' power-play was carrying the scoring load. It may have to step up again to help them break out but nobody has taken fewer penalties than Minnesota this season. As they just keep coming through, back the Wild with a -1.5 handicap for 2.50.

Calgary and Colorado are the West's two bottom teams and as they both have only three victories in their last ten games, they seem destined to stay there. When they last met a month ago, the Avalanche’s young captain Gabriel Landeskog inspired his team to come back from a 3-0 first period deficit to win 5-4. 

Landeskog had goals in four straight games prior to their most recent outing. He's now finding his feet after suffering a concussion earlier in the year but looks good value to net at 2.90. 

A trip back home from a loss in Chicago late last night isn't a great situation for the Flames. Having already beaten them twice, I think Colorado may exploit Calgary’s fatigue at 2.90.

Until last Friday the Anaheim Ducks had only lost one game at Honda Center. In the space of the last five days they've dropped three in a row. 

The San Jose Sharks were responsible for a 5-3 defeat on Monday and will have high hopes of adding to their Pacific rivals' shock slump once more tonight, whilst also starting a two week homestand in the right manner. 

It's testament to Anaheim's superb season that this sequence isn't a major cause for concern. However, San Jose look good value for the win today at 2.30.

Best Bet: San Jose Sharks to win at 2.20

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