Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers
After getting zapped in Ottawa last night, the Red Wings have flown back across to border to take on their old Original Six rivals the Rangers. New York too are trying to get back into the win column after a couple of frustrating shootout losses, those results have at least extended a five game point streak at Madison Square Garden.
I'd consider that pretty solid going when you consider their raft of defensive injuries, and Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes tonight knowing he may need to bail out the inexperienced skaters in front of him.
Mats Zuccarello should also return to the lineup providing added energy to their attack, look out for Martin St Louis as well as the veteran put in his best shift of the young season on Monday with two goals. As good as Detroit have been at controlling possession it's the forwards that do most of the work in that department and their defence has often left too much to Jimmy Howard on quality chances.
Not only that but take away Niklas Kronwall's two tallies and the rest of the blueline has contributed a big, fat zero goals. I think the fact this is a back to back for the Red Wings swings this one in New York's favour at 2.35.
New York Islanders at Anaheim Ducks
It's probably not a good time for the Islanders to play what is currently the best team in the West, as they look to snap a three game losing streak. 6 points from 8 on a very tough road trip was a very good return for Anaheim to keep them rolling atop the NHL, they even managed to get a victory in Colorado on Sunday using their third string goaltender.
Now the Ducks are back home and can bring in Frederik Andersen making it look bleak for the Isles who have suffered a -7 hit to their goal difference in just their last two outings. Sorting out their terrible penalty kill is a priority for Jack Capuano especially when they'll be paying extra attention to the deadly Corey Perry.
At even strength too as their depth lines have cooled off there will be extra attention on how John Tavares and Kyle Okposo can do against Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, my assessment is they'll find it very difficult. Only San Jose have managed to upset the Ducks at home and the additional gain of adding the handicap makes sense when they're usually so dominant at Honda Center.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to overcome a -1.5 goal handicap at 2.55.