NHL: Kings, Avalanche and Rangers to enjoy wins
The NHL continues on Saturday night with nine matches taking place.
We've picked out our best bets from the action with a £10 stake returning £118 if all three are successful.
Los Angeles Kings to beat Nashville Predators at 11/8
The Kings will hope the return to home ice will help them bounce back from the 4-3 defeat to the Calgary Flames. They will look to cut the gap to the Vegas Golden Knights from five points at the top of the Pacific Division but will face a tough battle with the Predators, who are only a point behind them in the Western Conference. But the Predators have an impressive 18-11-0-6 record at the Staples Center and have not been beaten in regulation in their last seven visits. Nashville are without leading scorer Filip Forsberg due to an upper-body injury and that hurts. We believe that is enough to tip the balance in favour of the Kings.
Colorado Avalanche to beat Minnesota Wild at 13/8
The Avalanche extended their winning run to four games with a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and their top players are producing. Nathan MacKinnon has nine points in his last four games to sit fifth in league scoring with 49 points and captain Gabriel Landeskog has six goals in his last nine games. Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start following his second shutout of the season against the Blue Jackets. The Wild are playing well themselves with four wins in five and Nino Niederreiter returned from an ankle injury on Thursday to net a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. But we think home ice will just be enough to earn the Avalanche the win in a battle of two in-form teams.
New York Rangers to beat Arizona Coyotes at 9/10
The Rangers have only won two of their last five outings and perhaps it is the perfect time for a visit to the league-worst Coyotes. Arizona have won just 10 of 42 games this season and sit 12 points adrift of the Vancouver Canucks at the bottom of the Western Conference. New York will be without winger Chris Kreider, who is sidelined indefinitely as he waits to undergo surgery on his ribs, but we think they have more than enough to win in the desert despite the Coyotes coming out on top against Nashville in the last game.
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