NHL Betting: Solid Rangers to cruise past poor Panthers

A very strong start to November for the New York Rangers should get even better tonight when they host the coldest team in the NHL at the moment; the Florida Panthers.

Although points from shootout losses have been keeping the Cats afloat for the most part they only have one win in the 12 games they've played since a surprise win against Pittsburgh way back on the 11th October.

Their leading goal scorer Brad Boyes has even been a healthy scratch at times which epitomises the patchy form throughout the lineup. At the back only Brian Campbell is managing to make an offensive impact, Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson the pressing disappointments in that area.

The Rangers are putting it together particularly on defence conceding no more than two goals in their last ten contests, Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan have also returned from injury to boost their offence. Take New York with a -1.5 handicap at 2.35.

Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks

Winnipeg might not have fancied facing the San Jose Sharks just over a week ago but recent form suggests they are worth a go despite being massive outsiders at 3.35 on their home ice. Bryan Little and Ondrej Pavelec led the Jets to a storming 5-0 rout of Nashville last time out and desperately need to put something together to propel themselves off the bottom of the Central Division.

San Jose are experiencing a minor blip in the shape of a four outings without a victory and as a result have lost ground on Anaheim in the Pacific, a run of three overtime losses ended by a regulation defeat at home to Vancouver.

Antti Niemi's total amount of goals conceded has just short of doubled over the losing streak so whilst they are still an excellent position there may be some alarms ringing in the mind of Todd McLellan. I like Winnipeg's chances of taking it to them as long as they get off to a positive start and their offence plays as well as it can.

Best Bet: New York Rangers to overcome -1.5 handicap at 2.35.