NHL Betting: St Louis will have the Blues when they meet Coyotes

It's been a torrid time of late for the Tampa Bay Lightning with just 4 points from the last 18, even though they've managed to stay as the second best attacking team in the NHL. 

Scoring goals hasn't been a major problem for the New York Islanders either, so expect an end to end game when these two meet, with both clubs needing a result. 

New York lost heavily against Pittsburgh last time out, but on the whole they've been an effective road team, so I think an Isles win at 2.80 is worth taking on, as well as over 6.5 total goals for 2.33.

The Phoenix Coyotes meet the St Louis Blues in yet another key game in the congested Western Conference, as part of the eight teams from 3rd to 10th separated by just two points. 

St Louis have become a fearsome offensive team this season at the expense of the defensive philosophy that got them so far in 2012. A lot of that may be down to the uncertainty they've had with their goaltending, but for such a drastic change, coach Ken Hitchcock must also have emphasised a change in mentality. 

Phoenix have also been more expansive than was expected of them so I think we will see over 4.5 goals at 1.70. The Coyotes are also good value to leave with the points, so take them including overtime at 2.35.

Californian rivals San Jose and Los Angeles face-off for the first time this season, with extra importance placed on the match because they are two more clubs stuck in the West's traffic jam. 

San Jose have been slipping ever since winning seven games to start the season and for the first time the Sharks are outside the play-off spots. If they weren't already, the alarm bells should now be ringing. 

LA have done the opposite. Because of their extended stretch of home games, you'd have to go back almost a month for their last road win. 

Despite their own poor form, the Sharks have guaranteed at least a point in all but one game at HP Pavilion, so back them for the win at 2.35.

Best Bet: Phoenix Coyotes to win including overtime at 2.35

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