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Wild, Kings: NHL Betting Preview

Minnesota is currently first overall in the NHL, and they're searching for a team-record sixth straight road victory as they meet the Kings in Los Angeles in NHL betting action on Thursday night.

This will be a struggle for the Wild since the Kings have controlled Minnesota at home at the Staples Center. The Kings crowned the Wild 5-2 at home earlier this season as a -160 favorite at 5Dimes, with OVER bettors collecting in totals betting.

The Wild might also have to contend with not having both its goaltenders as starter Niklas Backstrom is day-to-day and Josh Harding left the team's last game with a neck injury.

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Despite the injuries many believe Minnesota is more than a tire kicker and they will see a ton of action on the NHL betting lines.

Slumping Tampa Bay will have their hands full when they tangle in the Big Apple with the red-hot New York Rangers in an earlier betting contest on Thursday. The Rangers have only lost once at home since the end of October, and they will look to defeat the Lightning for the second time in a week.

Tampa Bay has been awful on the road with a league-worst 12 road losses, and they were bounced on Tuesday by the Islanders 5-1. The Rangers will see the majority of action on the NHL betting lines at 5Dimes in this game.

The Southeast-leading Florida Panthers will meet the Buffalo Sabres in an interesting NHL betting matchup on a light Friday night around the league. This rivalry has seen the road team dominate in the head-to-head series.

Florida has been very strong on the road and, compounded with the Sabres' woes at home, will be a popular choice among bettors on the NHL betting lines at 5Dimes for this matchup.