NHL Betting: Tampa Bay Lightning To Strike Against The Kings

Los Angeles Kings at Tampa Bay Lightning

I know I've been saying the Kings will eventually come good and make the playoffs but they're Stanley Cup crown looks an uncomfortable fit right now.

LA have sunk to 12th in the West and have the worst form of any club set to compete for the lower playoff spots, they're really running the risk of being the first defending champions to miss the postseason since 2007.

Three straight losses and two wins out of 12 in total shows just how the pressure is increasing and away at the leaders of the East seems an unlikely place to turn it around.

The Lightning have won their last ten at Amalie Arena going back to December 9 and average just 1.50 goals against over that period, not the news LA's struggling offence wanted to hear.

Bolts goalie Ben Bishop hasn't quite put up the stellar numbers of last season but is still often an overlooked part of their success and a huge part of why the team's been so dominant at even strength.

Darryl Sutter has already consigned Mike Richards to the scrap heap and you have to wonder how the Kings feel about Dustin Brown too, although leadership and physicality are a huge part of what he brings to the table the skipper is really struggling in scoring again this year.

An easy call here to go with Tampa Bay at 2.05


Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators

Minnesota Wild v Columbus Blue Jackets : News Photo

Qualification seems a little out of reach for both of these franchises simply because they'll need to go on the kind of run that's so far eluded them in 2015 as neither has managed to win more than two in a row.

Columbus showed their full potential with a 7-1 thrashing of red hot St. Louis just last night and it's a shame that injuries have disrupted their campaign so significantly.

The Senators really struggle in low scoring contests, they've only won twice all year when scoring two goals or less and their losses to New Jersey and Washington this week fit that mould.

Being unable to convert on scoring first is perhaps their biggest flaw and in both those contests they allowed the first advantage to be wiped out within minutes.

Nick Foligno put up two tallies last night and he's the Jackets' key man tonight going to work around the net, he's my pick to score anytime at 3.30.

It's tough to bank on Ottawa and I think Columbus way out at 3.20 are the value pick here.

Best Bet: Tampa Bay Lightning to win at 2.05