Propping up the East with just a single point - and the only team in the league without a win - are the Washington Capitals. Hardly the start new head coach Adam Oates envisaged. Buffalo are in town looking to heap on the misery, themselves coming in on the back of two straight losses. The Sabres need to find some scoring depth as they've been totally over-reliant on their top line so far. That unit of Vanek, Pominville and Hodgson is responsible for nine of their 11 goals. Washington, on the other hand, just need their stars to step up; Alex Ovechkin only has one assist to his name in four games. With Ryan Miller back take Buffalo to nick this at 2.04 including overtime.
An intriguing defensive grind looks likely between the New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens, neither of whom have allowed more than two goals in a game so far. Goalies Carey Price and the ageless Martin Brodeur have been principally responsible for that and both should be starting tonight. With that in mind fewer than 4.5 goals at 2.15 looks good value, as their respective offenses aren't too explosive. Judging by current records New Jersey have played stronger opposition in the first week and I think that will see them through this one at 2.55.
Chicago should be a safe bet tonight given their dominant form but it is unlikely to be that simple when they face off against Central division rivals the Detroit Red Wings. The Blackhawks have run out to 5-0 already and been great in the tight third period situations of their last few outings. Detroit are still adapting to life without the legendary Nicklas Lidstrom but can match anybody when they get it right. Go with Chicago to maintain their streak though at 2.10 – they look too good for almost everybody at the moment.
Best bet: Chicago Blackhawks to win at 2.10