It may be Super Bowl Sunday, but the NHL has scheduled its own matinee of 4 games that should be concluded just in time for kick-off.
A couple of years ago Pittsburgh versus Washington was the league's defining rivalry, but thanks to Sidney Crosby's injuries and Alex Ovechkin not hitting his previous heights it's probably dropped down the pecking order. Don't tell the players that though: many remain from their infamous 2009 play-off series so expect an intense, physical game. Pittsburgh have perked up again recently with a pair of relatively easy wins in divisional match-ups and it's no coincidence that Crosby's improvement has coincided with that of the team. With the Capitals still finding their feet, I think the Pens will come away with the road win at 2.30
Canada's eyes will be fixed on the Bell Centre in Montreal for the Canadiens vs Senators - two teams from the northeast performing above expectations. Montreal swatted Buffalo aside in the same building last night, and their only really poor performance up to now was against the Sens in a 5-1 loss less than a week ago. Ottawa's Craig Anderson was great in that game and is undoubtedly the goaltender of the season so far; he possesses a goals against average of just 0.99 over 7 games, which has put them in a position to win every game. Take the Canadiens for the home win here as they're only slight favourites at 2.35.
Two of the worst defences in the league will come together at First Niagara Center when the Sabres meet the Panthers. Buffalo need a drastic improvement from yesterday, but playing the basement club in the East at home is a prime opportunity to get back on track. Florida will be seeing it that way too, as a well rested team playing a tired one, but they've been terrible on the road so far and wildly inconsistent overall. Seeing as Buffalo at least have their offense together, go for them at 2.00.
Best bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.35