NHL Betting: Sharks to tear into Nashville



There's a bumper Saturday schedule of 11 games tonight, and hopefully we'll avoid the questionable penalty calls that derailed some of yesterday's picks.

Boston will be looking to continue their mastery of the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating all six fixtures between them last season, outscoring the Leafs 36-10 in the process. Currently atop the Northeast division, the Bruins are dealing with a few injuries to depth players but are otherwise moving along smoothly. For Toronto, guys like Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin have done a great job stepping up with Joffrey Lupul out and Phil Kessel unable to buy a goal so far. With the Leafs at home in a loud Air Canada Centre, I like their odds of an upset here at 2.65.

Phoenix and Dallas face off for the second time in two nights after the Stars edged the first in a shootout. Playing each other again so soon guarantees intensity and more than a little nastiness: ill feeling between the benches has been created by Brendan Dillon and Kyle Chipchura's scrap in the second period. Another close game looks probable, predators, with the two line-ups evenly matched. Playing safe with Dallas and a +1.5 advantage is an option at 1.37. The Stars may have the psychological advantage with two points already in the bag, so a straight win for them back at 2.75 is worth a punt.

The only remaining perfect record in the league belongs to the San Jose, and I think 2.00 is good value on them maintaining it at home to Nashville. There is a stark contrast between them in terms of scoring, with the Predators possessing the worst goals for average in the NHL and the Sharks lying second in that category. Whilst Nashville have the defensive strength to limit their opponents, unless they can click offensively they have little chance here. Last time I picked San Jose to overturn the -1.5 handicap it worked out comfortably. Back them to do it again at 2.70.

Best bet: San Jose Sharks with -1.5 handicap at 2.70