Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins
Before the season began these two clubs looked to be the standouts from the Eastern Conference and if you include the playoff demolition of 2013 the Bruins have had the better of recent exchanges.
The Penguins have been stung by losing both games of a back to back with the New York Islanders and as a result lost the lead of the Metro Division.
Similarly Boston had their flow ended by Montreal, that was their first loss at TD Garden in seven games during the month of November.
For the most part the Bruins have slowly been finding their feet at least at home and neither Tuukka Rask or Niklas Svedberg has allowed more than two goals in any of those seven contests.
Mike Johnston has some adjustments to make after his Pens were genuinely outplayed on both nights, they allowed 35 shots against in each and really struggled to contain to adapt to a pace quicker than their own.
Sidney Crosby is going through a pretty dry spell and only has one goal in his past 11 games, the Bruins will be in his face from the opening puck drop which isn't ideal when you're confidence has dipped.
I like Boston's chances of being the ones to get back on the horse especially as they're 2.70 outsiders in their own arena.
Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers
Throughout the last couple of weeks Florida have faced a number of top teams and largely held their own, multiple victories over San Jose and a win in Anaheim were highlights but against the NY Islanders and Nashville they have picked up points too.
Yes they're a a few games behind but the only clubs with fewer losses in regulation are Pittsburgh and Anaheim, that's testament to Roberto Luongo and the defence.
Nick Bjugstad's five goals in the past four appearances have moved him up to into the team's scoring lead, more has to come though from their prized high draft picks Alexander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau now into his third NHL year.
Specifically on the road Minnesota have similar problems of being over reliant on their D which has led to a poor 4-7 record.
It's like two different teams when the Wild average 4.00 goals a game at home and then just 1.91 on their travels, that's probably due to the fact their powerplay has capitalised just the once on 38 chances which equals a 2.6% success rate.
I have to tilt towards fewer than 4.5 total goals tonight at 2.15 and also Florida to see it out at 2.80.
Best Bet: Boston Bruins to win at 2.70