Detroit Red Wings 2.95, Boston Bruins 2.15
Now favourites to win both the President's Trophy for the league's best record and the Stanley Cup outright, the Bruins keep on rolling over all challengers.
Detroit are in the mix to meet them for a first round series and as I've said before are predictably coming good at crunch time, winning both games of a back to back over Saturday and Sunday was absolutely clutch. A double against Washington at the weekend brought up a 12th 30 goal season for Jarome Iginla, almost half of those came within the last month so the 36 year old is clearly fired up by what seems a great chance to win his first cup late in his great career.
Iginla was the only major offseason addition but their newly explosive offence has been possible because of the additional development of Reilly Smith, Torey Krug and Carl Soderberg in their first full major league seasons. You can bet that Mike Babcock will be using his home advantage to ensure the Franzen/Helm/Nyquist line gets as favourable matching as possible, the latter has at least a goal in all but one of the last nine and over a quarter of the team's goals since Jan 20th.
Even if they contribute again the Bruins have enough weapons to make that irrelevant so I can't look past Boston here.
Ottawa Senators 1.90, New York Islanders 3.45
Very much alive and seeking a fourth straight home victory, Ottawa remain in a must-win situation but momentum is building. There would be few excuses if they managed to fall to a club already out of the reckoning playing their second game in 24 hours - and the Islanders are just that.
By this point it seems best for the Sens to embrace their lack of defence and just go freewheeling, that becomes even more pertinent against one of only two teams to have conceded more goals this season. Over 6.5 total goals is definitely in play tonight at and it could well be more on the basis of the 5-4 Isles victory way back in November, whilst a lot has changed since then it hasn't been noticeable in these two defensive zones.
Only Buffalo have done a worse job than New York at converting when registering the first goal so it's important for Ottawa to stick with it, you will get chances especially on the powerplay. Simply a huge opportunity for the Senators and I'll take them over the -1.5 handicap at 2.55.
Best Bet: Boston Bruins to win at 2.15