For the third consecutive year the Pacific division is the most competitive one in National Hockey League and all five teams make it to the playoffs. Phoenix is at the bottom of the standings, but if they defeat the slightly better placed San Jose, the Coyotes could tie Detroit for the eighth place.

Match: Phoenix v San Jose

Bet: Phoenix Moneyline

Odds: William Hill 1.95

San Jose saw its lengthy winning streak snapped in overtime, but the Sharks rebounded and are confident in their ability of starting a new series. They’ve been fairly unsuccessful in Arizona and their traveling record doesn’t give them too many reasons for optimism either. They will face a stringy team that has no room for error and will fight hard for every puck, because their playoffs chances depend on the outcome of this game.

The Coyotes have slipped in the standings at the end of March and April results have been mediocre at best. A busy and fairly difficult schedule puts Phoenix between a rock and a hard place, and their best chance of closing the gap separating them from the leading pack is by winning home games. The Coyotes are a poor traveling team and the odds of earning points at St. Louis, Chicago or Anaheim are slim. Although there are eight games left before the end of the regular season, this particular fixture is perhaps the most important one for Phoenix and that’s why the hosts will play with a sense of urgency.

BetPal Tip:

Time is quickly running out for Phoenix, and unless they defeat their divisional rivals at Jobing Arena they won’t be playing hockey in May. William Hill has generous odds for a regulation time victory, but punters would be wise to mitigate the risks by placing a Moneyline wager.