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NHL: Chicago, Pittsburgh and Tampa all set to win

| 01.01.2014

Reigning Stanley Cup champions Chicago head to New Jersey looking to halt a two-game slide and will be confident of a return to winning ways despite the Devils’ home form.

The Blackhawks go into the game as odds-on favourites despite their recent woes but adding Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay to this treble boosts the odds to just over 7/2.

Chicago Blackhawks to beat New Jersey Devils @ 20/31

New Jersey (16-16-8) have won their last two matches and are 8-1 from their last nine games at the Prudential Center.

However, the visiting Blackhawks (28-7-8), despite losing two on the spin, top the standings whichever way you look at them and can look to a 5-2 victory over the Devils as recently as December 23rd for inspiration.

The champions are 4-2 from six meetings with the Devils and with the Hawks’ offense averaging 3.72 goals per game to the hosts’ 2.37 it is hard to oppose anything but an away win.

Pittsburgh Penguins to beat New York Rangers @ 20/33

The Big Apple has had a torrid time of it this year with both of its NFL teams failing to make the playoffs and both of its NBA teams losing twice as many games as they win.

And, while the New York Rangers (20-19-2) are 4-1 from their last five, a trip to the Consol Energy Centre will do little to boost the morale of fans from the Empire State.

The Rangers are 2-9 from 11 meetings with the Penguins (29-12-1) and have beaten the hosts in front of their own fans just once in five attempts.

New York are arguably the more adventurous side – leading Pittsburgh in shots on goal – but the Penguins better the visitors on goals scored, goals conceded, powerplay percentages and shots allowed and will show that superiority in picking up the win here.

Tampa Bay Lightning to beat Calgary Flames @ 10/13

Odds-on shots are not usually the most attractive options on an accumulator, but given the sides’ current form and Tampa Bay’s (24-12-4) record over Calgary (14-20-6) 10/13 looks a very good price indeed.

The Flames are 1-7 from their last eight outings and cannot even claim home comfort having won just four of their last 16 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Lightning, meanwhile, are 6-2 from their last eight and arguably enjoy trips to Calgary more than anywhere else in the league.

Jon Cooper’s men have won four of their last five road games against the Flames and look nailed on to improve that record this time round.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.