Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers
Ice cold Columbus face a last chance to not go without a win in 10 games, and to do it will have to topple the club with the best home record in their division. Although he is back with the team, star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky hasn't totally recovered from a broken finger just yet, the Russian has really relished facing his former team since moving to Ohio but it seems he won't get that pleasure tonight. Philly have actually won five in a row at Wells Fargo Center which can be a very intimidating arena to visit when the team has their tails up such as this.
Jakub Voracek is the man closest to Sidney Crosby in points and has started to add more goals not just assists recently, both he and skipper Claude Giroux are shooting at a low percentage so expect more to come from the top line. It's not just those guys functioning well though as the team sits fourth in the NHL in goals for per game. To me this one has a -1.5 goal handicap victory for the Flyers at 2.50 written all over it.
New York Islanders at Florida Panthers
The Isles have gone streaking again after a late October lull and are trying to hit a fifth straight victory in the Sunshine State tonight. Florida have played fewer times than any other club in the league and are just about holding themselves above a point per game so would be better off in evened up standings. New York have picked up some very impressive road victories this month and thrashed Colorado on Tuesday, as the forward depth is there they can really get on top of the opposition, but this is also a young group so inconsistency is to be expected in some form.
Goalie Jaroslav Halak is settling into his new role as well after a turbulent few months when the Isles became his third team of 2014, it's been two straight shutouts for the Slovak and against the Panthers low scoring offence he might fancy continuing that run. That's always a bold call especially when Florida have broken out for eight goals in the last two outings but their disappointing 3-3 home record makes the Islanders at 2.35 the right call.
Best Bet: New York Islanders to win at 2.35.