NHL Betting: Sharks good value to dethrone Kings



Tonight all eyes will be on Columbus, who could leapfrog either Minnesota or Detroit. The Blue Jackets have a great opportunity to get the two points they need at home to the Nashville Predators, who have picked up the fewest points in the NHL since the trade deadline. It's been a while since Columbus played at Nationwide Arena, but they've only failed to take a point once in the last 15 times they've iced in front of their own fans. Many neutrals would love to see the Jackets sneak in after years of agony; they've only made the play-offs once in their history and failed to win a game. Take Columbus with a -1.5 handicap at 2.30.

The Detroit Red Wings close out their season in Dallas. A point will be enough to extend their season, whilst a win would ensure they finish seventh. A run of three conclusive wins from the last three games has been an emphatic response at both ends of the ice to the pressure the Red Wings found themselves under. Goalie Jimmy Howard has been particularly good recently after taking a lot flak for a mistake he made in Calgary early last week. Detroit should get the point they need with the regulation tie at 3.90, but I don't think they are great value for the win. Go with Dallas including overtime at 2.20.

San Jose and Los Angeles face off for the fourth time this year with both teams still hunting fourth spot in the West. A Sharks versus Kings first round play-off match-up could still happen if the Sharks take tonight's meeting in OT and St Louis lose. Neither club has been too impressive recently and a victory here might provide some momentum and be a good springboard for the post-season. Both teams are in good shape health-wise, with few absentees - LA captain Dustin Brown completes the second and final game of a ban for elbowing tonight. Although it's usually home ice advantage that separates these two I think the Sharks are good value considering just how closely matched they are. Back San Jose including overtime at 2.30.

Best bet: San Jose Sharks to win including overtime at 2.30