The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are two of the NHL's original six teams. Their historic rivalry is showcased for the second time in three days this evening. Toronto owed much to goalie James Reimer as they survived a late barrage from Boston on Saturday to the delight of their home fans, but the venue now switches. Breaching the Bruins' fortress TD Garden is an altogether tougher task. They will definitely be feeling hard done by after getting nothing despite massively outshooting the Leafs 33-13, and that supremacy should translate into some points here. It's the boring option, but back Boston to exact some revenge at 1.78.
Reigning champions Los Angeles Kings face the current favourites to succeed them in Chicago tonight, seeking to avenge two defeats at the hands of the Blackhawks earlier in the season. After having five days off to recharge - but also to stew on their defeat by Anaheim - the Hawks should be raring to go; despite play-off qualification now being a formality they are hungry to stay the NHL's best team. LA have hit a bit of an offensive roadblock and failed to score in their last two games; facing the conference's best defensive team isn't ideal when you are trying to find a groove. Take Chicago to complete a season sweep over the Kings at 2.10.
Phoenix are another team that should be well rested but have really needed the practice time to address the problems that have seen them to get just one point from five outings. Almost all those issues are offense related; three goals in 300 minutes of hockey will get you nowhere fast. They play the Detroit Red Wings, who are in the opposite boat, hot off a strong win over Anaheim. Inspired by the success last night I think the Red Wings are really good value here at 2.80.
Best bet: Chicago Blackhawks to win at 2.10