NHL Betting: Canadiens to heap pain on Rangers

It's a typically stacked Saturday schedule, with Phoenix vs Edmonton the pick of the early games. The Oilers they are steadily dropping down in the West after initial signs suggested this might be a breakout year for them. Taylor Hall will sit for two games after picking up a suspension and, as they were already struggling up front, it's certainly not a good time for them to play a rugged team like the Coyotes. There's a really good chance of a road win for Phoenix here at 2.50.

I'll be honest, I didn't expect the Montreal Canadiens to be leading the East at any point this season - and they remain a way down in the odds to lift the Stanley Cup. One upside of their surprise charge however is that they're still getting great value, which is the case tonight against the New York Rangers. The Rangers seemed the more likely candidate to win the conference before the season began but their well documented slow start has hampered them. Montreal won the meeting between these two on Tuesday and with leading point scorer Rick Nash missing another one for New York, a Canadiens win at 2.35 looks the smart pick.

Rivals from the Pacific division Dallas and San Jose meet for the first time in 2013. There is plenty riding on this: a Stars win will put the pair level on points. Dallas are attempting to bounce back from a pair of disappointing losses when they were squeezed out in the final period and just need to find a little extra in the clutch situations. San Jose have still only claimed a lone victory against St Louis this month and their offence has stuttered to a halt. Take the Stars at 2.55.

Best bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.35