New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders
The Islanders showed great resolve at the weekend to snap a sequence of three losses in a row versus on fire Chicago, they recovered from going behind twice before Lubomir Visnovsky's winner in the third.
They're still right up with Pittsburgh at the top of the Metro Division and a home loss to St Louis as part of that run is actually their only defeat at Nassau Coliseum since October.
In that time frame the Devils have already tried and failed to dent that record just over two weeks ago, three straight losses has seen the pressure rise on Pete DeBoer once again.
Damien Brunner scored New Jersey's one goal in that previous contest and has since had his contract terminated but it was clear he wasn't helping their disappointing situation up front,
Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique are the only Devils to have more than five tallies on the season.
This is the oldest team in the NHL by some distance and it's clear now that a distinct lack of speed puts them at a disadvantage, they really struggle to maintain pressure and only Buffalo average fewer shots.
Take the exuberant Islanders to net an easy win over a -1.5 handicap at 2.65.
Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
It's time to get on board in Buffalo, the Sabres are 9-3-0 since November 15th and a win tonight takes them to within a point of the Senators who are their first hurdle in getting off the bottom of the Atlantic.
It's also five straight home victories which includes taking the scalps of LA, Montreal and Tampa Bay so the fans will be energised to see the team turn over a division rival.
Dave Cameron has a first victory as Ottawa's new coach albeit via a shootout courtesy of a solid effort in Boston on Saturday afternoon, it's good to get that out of the way as the Senators still have plenty of adjustments to make if they are to push for the playoffs.
Evidence of Buffalo's growing confidence is they're now getting through games that open up, the last two wins have been via 4-3 scorelines and that's doubled their total of victories when the opponent has scored more than two goals.
More of the same may well be required tonight because of Ottawa's penchant for high scoring contests, they also haven't kept the opposition to fewer than two goals in 16 attempts so there's plenty for the Sabres to exploit if they can get some more timely contributions from guys finding some form like Matt Moulson and Marcus Foligno.
They're still getting the long odds despite this purple patch so it finally makes sense to back Buffalo here tonight.
Best Bet: Buffalo Sabres to win at 3.00