Boston Bruins vs St Louis Blues
Patience has been key in Boston's rise to the top of the East as their schedule had to catch up on their fellow contenders.
With five of the next six at home - starting with St Louis this evening - they have a great chance to consolidate that spot.
St Louis find themselves part of the top 8 in the West that is blanketed by just a few points with the best record relative to games played in the entire league. Try as they might, the Blues have been unable to put consecutive road wins together and, after a fairly easy night over in Buffalo two days ago, this is a much greater test.
As one of the highest scoring teams what sets them apart has to be the exceptional two way contribution of their blueline; Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Kevin Shattenkirk would all be trusted against opponents top lines but are all also in the top 10 of points for defenders.
While only rookie Torey Krug within Boston's rearguard ranks comes close to that production they are now by some way the most tight fisted defensive side allowing only 1.76 goals a game, take the Bruins to edge through in a low scorer at 2.05.
Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers
Back to back wins have lifted the mood for both Edmonton and Florida but tonight's clash remains a desperate battle for points between two clubs in the bottom three of the league.
Finally the abundance of talent on the Oilers' offence clicked as they ran up a 7-0 scorching of Columbus on Tuesday, with David Perron racking up four points individually, Devan Dubnyk got the shutout but only had 14 saves to make all night to complete a thorough team effort.
I think Florida's recent run has been more impressive though, the Cats have overturned Anaheim, Colorado and Vancouver in the last 10 days whilst not giving up more than two goals to any of them.
Even if it's not Vezina Trophy winning form Tim Thomas seems to be finding a groove in net, defenceman Brian Campbell has to be their standout man of the season so far however and it's a real testament he's a plus rated player despite clocking such serious minutes.
Going off that higher quality of opposition they have deposed this week, the Panthers are great value at 3.15, particularly if they can keep penalties to a minimum like they have done over this current road trip.
Best Bet: Boston Bruins to win at 2.05.