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Tuesday 19th February

Once a week we’re going to bring you a run through of the evening’s NHL action and a summary of where’s best to place your bets.

Winnipeg at Buffalo

The Jets (5-8-1) are currently on a bit of a slump, lackluster offensive performances seeing them drop three straight home games.

However, they are seeking a fourth straight win over the Buffalo Sabres when they begin a season-high, five-game road trip tonight.

Buffalo (6-9-1) couldn’t hold on to a one-goal lead in the third period in a 4-3 defeat to Pittsburgh on Sunday. Many have cited their inexperience as the reason they keep letting leads slip.

With Winnipeg center Bryan Little having two goals and five assists in his past four games against Buffalo, we’re backing Winnipeg at +124.

Toronto at Tampa Bay

The Toronto Maple Leafs are enjoying one of their best road starts in their history.

That should spell bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they’ve lost their last three on home ice.

The Maple Leafs are 10-6-0 and with a 3-0 victory over Florida on Monday they are now 7-2-0 on the road, tonight being their opportunity to win fifth away game in a row this series.

Tampa Bay is averaging .57 fewer shots than Toronto (28.0), but it leads the league in shot percentage (14.3) and goals per game (3.93).

Despite this, we’re backing Toronto to continue their remarkable on the road run at +134.

San Jose at St. Louis

These teams will meet for the first time since St. Louis (9-5-1) ousted San Jose in five games in last year’s post-season.

Brian Elliott replaced an injured Jaroslav Halak in a 3-0 victory in Game 2 before posting a 1.67 goals-against average in winning his three starts over the rest of the series.

San Jose (7-4-3) are enduring their longest losing streak since an 0-7-3 stretch Nov. 5-30, 2005.

The Sharks, who fell 4-1 at Chicago on Friday, won all seven games in January for the best start in franchise history before losing every contest this month.

We predict it will be too much for San Jose to overcome their losing streak on the road, so we’re backing St. Louis at -139.

Vancouver at Chicago

Vancouver is one of only three teams to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks. In a similar vain to the other two sides that surpassed Chicago, the Canucks were unable to get it done until a shootout.

The Blackhawks look to match the NHL record for consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season tonight against the visiting Canucks.

While every other team has at least two regulation losses, Chicago (12-0-3) has yet to suffer one and now can match the league record set by Anaheim, which started 12-0-4 en route to winning the 2007 Stanley Cup.

On home ground,  we hope records should be equaled tonight so stay with Chicago at -127.

Los Angeles at Edmonton

Both Edmonton and Los Angeles have lacked consistency in front of the net, but the Oilers hope they’re on the verge of an offensive turnaround.

They’re looking to build on their highest-scoring game of the season while trying to win consecutive home games against the Kings for the first time in seven seasons.

Edmonton (6-5-3) was averaging 2.2 goals and had gone eight straight games without scoring over 3, before a 6-4 comeback win over Colorado on Saturday.

The Kings (5-6-2) averaged 2.4 goals and still won the Stanley Cup in 2011-12, but with a condensed 2013 season, they may not have time to overcome their current offensive shortcomings.

In a tough game to call we’re backing the Edmonton Oilers to win back to back home games against LA at +118.

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