NHL Betting: Toronto to earn capital gains and win at Washington

Washington - Toronto

A couple of deserved days off for Toronto after a rigorous road trip at the conclusion of which they managed to end LA's mammoth win streak, softer Eastern Conference opponents at home should seem a much easier proposition for a team full of confidence.

Importantly for the Capitals they just about shrugged off back-to-back defeats from Pittsburgh and got past struggling Vancouver on Friday, Jaroslav Halak had to make 38 saves to get them over the line to a third victory in March.

Another plus point was that game did produce Evgeny Kuznetsov's first, second and third assists in the NHL so the Russian is off the mark with many more surely to come. The Leafs are playing really good hockey right now and aren't relying on their goaltending as much as earlier in the season, for me the value is very much on Toronto's side tonight.

Chicago - Detroit

In the past eight games Chicago's regulation loss total has risen from 10 to 15 and the champions are down to fifth place in the West, clashes with Colorado and Nashville were only decided by fine margins but first period deficits proved too much to overcome.

Usually their blazing offence would have more than enough to turn proceedings around though whilst Patrick Kane has been scoring highlight reel goals and Jonathan Toews is making telling contributions there hasn't been too much beyond their star guys on a regular basis at least.

Injuries are holding Detroit back and they face a real fight for the postseason unless they find a way to get above the five wins from the last ten they've been producing for much of 2014. The Red Wings are a capable enough team to add to the Blackhawks worries but I think the tie at 3.95 seems more likely, especially considering that would have paid out when these two last met back in January.

Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to win at 2.80