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Lightning get the pick over Penguins

It's a busy night of action in the NHL tonight with 11 games on the schedule and some intriguing match-ups.

We've picked out our best bets from the action with a £10 stake returning just over £177 if all three are successful.

Tampa Bay Lightning to beat Pittsburgh Penguins at 8/5

The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning march into the PPG Paints Arena looking to consolidate their place in the standings and hand the hosts a third straight loss.

The key for the Penguins will be to shut the Lightning's top line of Steven Stamkos-Nikita Kucherov-Vladislav Namestnikov down but that is easier said than done.

Lightning captain Stamkos leads the league with 36 points, with Kucherov's 17 goals also tops, and the trio have a combined 92 points through 22 games.

Pittsburgh, though, have weapons of their own and Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby can keep them in any game.

The real difference may come at the other end of the ice. Both goaltenders have put in a heavy workload this season with Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy fifth in the league with 1145 minutes played and Murray just behind with 1142. But Vasilevskiy's save percentage of .930 to Murray's .906 is enough to tip things in favour of the Lightning.

Winnipeg Jets to beat San Jose Sharks at 19/10

The Jets are coming off a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night behind a two-goal effort from Danish sniper Nikolaj Ehlers and boast an impressive 7-3-2 record on the road.

The Sharks were beaten in overtime by the Vegas Golden Knights in a stuttering season and it won't be an east match-up for them facing the Jets, who hope to topple the St Louis Blues for top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference.

The Sharks have lost four straight on home ice, scoring just four goals in the process, and the red-hot Jets have given up only four goals in a four-game winning streak against the Pacific Division and that trend should continue.

Colorado Avalanche to beat Calgary Flames at 27/20

The Colorado Avalanche have been lights out at the Pepsi Center with a record of 7-1-1 and to put that in context the one "home" overtime loss came in Sweden, with their only defeat on home ice coming against the Western Conference-leading St Louis Blues.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has six points in his last five games and he can lead his team to yet another win on home ice.

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Stuart Walker
@BetStars in Ice Hockey