Carolina Hurricanes - Montreal Canadiens
It would seem a good time to pay a visit to Carolina and it's the Montreal Canadiens looking to profit this evening.
Not too long ago the Hurricanes appeared to be Pittsburgh's nearest challengers for the Metro Division but fast forward to now and they sit seventh of eight, with only one win from nine.
Discontent is breeding amongst the fan-base, as they've only witnessed a solitary success at the PNC Arena in the last six outings and not once have their team conceded fewer than three goals.
The Canadiens’ scoring supply has also dropped off with their power-play. Unlike the Hurricanes though, they are picking up wins and goalie Carey Price is undoubtedly the chief reason.
No team blocks more shots than the Canadiens, though this can be interpreted two ways, considering that plenty still get through to the net.
Yet they are in more than a good enough place to get through here. Montreal's price of 2.45 seems too generous to pass on.
Boston Bruins - New York Islanders
Unerring home form is keeping the Boston Bruins atop the Atlantic Division and whilst their road efforts mean they are heading back home after another loss, it's still hard to see them slipping up at TD Garden against the New York Islanders.
In contrast, it's been the less pressured environment of the road that has seen the Isles somewhat steady the ship via three consecutive away victories. Much more work is required to repair the damage of a horrendous run spanning much of these last two months.
At the very least their scoring is back and they are fun to watch again. Kyle Okposo has been the game winner in last two victories and has been at the heart of most of the things the Islanders have done right.
From a scoring perspective the Thomas Vanek trade has worked out pretty well and he had two points in a 3-1 home win over the Bruins, early in November. Bear in mind though that they didn't come up against the indomitable Tuukka Rask that night.
Boston have been cranking up their goals-for average in recent weeks, with David Krejci's leading forward line winged by Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla getting on top of anyone and everyone.
Out at 4.40 it's tempting to take on New York but I can't see the Bruins allowing themselves to drop to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Take the home side with a -1.5 handicap at 2.25.
Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.45
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