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Tuesday NHL Betting Action
Who To Back On Tuesday
By Bob Duff
Devan Dubnyk earned his League-leading 35th win of the campaign and Eric Staal posted his fourth multi-goal effort of the season as the Wild dropped San Jose 3-1 to move atop the Central Division and Western Conference. Staal scored his team-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season.
Jake Allen stopped all 27 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season as the Blues blanked Colorado 3-0 to snap a five-game skid. St. Louis leapfrogged Los Angeles to move into the final Western Conference wild card position. The Blues also ended a three-game road losing streak.
Minnesota's scoring efficiency ratio of 1.42 is the best in the Western Conference and second overall in the NHL. After starting 7-1 under Yeo when he replaced Ken Hitchcock as coach, the Blues have now dropped five of six.
Pick: The Wild (-166)
Are the young Leafs running out of steam?
The Leafs, with seven rookie regulars, are 0-2-3 in their last five games and 3-6-4 in their last 13 outings, slipping out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
They've scored two goals or fewer in each of their last five games while allowing five or more goals in a game six times since Feb. 2. The Leafs are 2-3-2 in their last seven games.
The Wings are also going young but not by choice. Minus the injured Johathan Ericsson (wrist) and Ryan Sproul (knee) and the traded Brendan Smith, Detroit will suit up three rookie defenseman for this game - Xavier Ouellet, Nick Jensen and Robbie Russo, who will be making his NHL debut. Forward Gus Nyquist missed Monday's practice with a stomach bug. Captain Henrik Zetterberg has points in six straight games.
Pick: The Leafs (-170)
There's a race at the other end of the NHL standings as well to win the draft lottery and this is a game that will play a role in that outcome. Derek Ryan netted the game-winner with 3:57 remaining in the third period to help the Hurricanes end a four-game slide with a 2-1 victory Sunday over Arizona. Carolina has averaged an NHL-low 6.07 minutes in penalties per game this season.
The Avalanche were smacked 6-1 by Winnipeg (Saturday) and 3-0 by St. Louis (Sunday), the league-leading 11th time Colorado has been shutout this season. Colorado is an NHL-worst 8-21-2 at home. The Avs are 1-6-1 in their last eight games and 4-19-2 in their last 25 games.
Pick: The Hurricanes (-139)
The Sabres blew a 3-0 first-period lead and lost 4-3 to Pittsburgh on Sunday and are 1-5-1 in their last seven games.
Jack Eichel is enjoying a career-best 10-game point streak (3-10-13). It’s the NHL's longest active streak and the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010. Evander Kane has 18 points (11-7-18) in his last 20 games, including nine goals in his last 13 games. Ryan O'Reilly has 3-3-6 totals in his last four games.
Second of a season-high nine road games this month for the Flyers. Philly have outshot their opponents in 10 of the last 11 games but are 4-7 in that span. Philadelphia's minus-26 goal differential and 0.85 scoring efficiency ratio are both third-worst in the Eastern Conference.
Pick: The Flyers (+107)
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