NHL Betting: Value In Backing Winnipeg Jets To Soar To Victory

Chicago Blackhawks at Florida Panthers

Only two days after they clashed at United Center the Blackhawks and Panthers will go for round two.

A shootout was needed to decide a very entertaining and even game, ultimately it was Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp who came through for the Blackhawks.

Chicago paid a price for those points though losing leading scorer Patrick Kane until the playoffs at the earliest because of a broken collar bone.

The Panthers' offence has hit a block actually since they put six past Anaheim, 11 goals in eight isn't good enough but strong defence usually gives them a chance to make something of it.

Vincent Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen netted on Tuesday and when Gerard Gallant likes to rotate his lines more evenly than most different faces need to make a telling contribution each night.

They generated 36 shots on the night and that's definitely something to build on, after all the Blackhawks have only won once before overtime in their past eight games. I'd look at Florida for 2.95 but think another tie at 3.70 offers a more likely return.


St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets

With only around 20 games left in the regular season the fact these two are slated to meet another three times after tonight means they'll be getting really friendly in the coming weeks.

The Jets have been preoccupied by holding off Minnesota's charge but losing out to them wouldn't necessarily rule them out of taking the second wildcard place. A win over Dallas on Tuesday made it four straight successes at home and was an obvious positive start to a sequence of outings at MTS Centre.

Jiri Tlusty's pickup in a trade yesterday softens the blow of Blake Wheeler's injury, the Czech can slot nicely into a second line role but is also versatile enough to move down when players return.

Other recent arrivals Drew Stafford and definitely Tyler Myers, who has five points in six, have managed to settle in quickly. St. Louis meanwhile dropped to Pittsburgh and Montreal, recently their defence has a tendency to let in goals in quick succession proving too difficult to come back from.

Kevin Shattenkirk's absence has definitely hurt their powerplay efficiency and the effectiveness of that unit was what made the difference against the Jets earlier in the season. We'll see if they can repeat it but to me Winnipeg are the value option here at 2.70.

Best Bet: Winnipeg Jets to win at 2.70