The Los Angeles Kings will find it tough up against Colorado tonight, writes Unibet ice hockey expert Mike Fuller...
Detroit Red Wings 3.10, the Draw 3.85, Montreal Canadiens 2.05 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT
Three wins before the break helped Montreal establish a six point gap over their Atlantic Division rivals and they will feel maintaining that advantage should be enough to get them a wildcard playoff spot, at least.
Carey Price will sit tonight in favour of Peter Budaj to provide the gold medal winning goalie with some extra rest but that is in no way a dealbreaker on Budaj's relief evidence so far, in the long term Price bringing some extra belief back from Sochi is something to look out for considering the intense scrutiny he is always under.
Scoring goals is coach Michel Therrien's real concern and although Detroit's penalty kill isn't an obvious area to target it might still be their best route, any way of establishing the offensive zone and allowing PK Subban or Andrei Markov to move the puck has worked well for them in the past.
Pavel Datsyuk was one of few on the Russian roster to perform to an expectant home audience and similarly the Wings need their star names, unfortunately for them along with captain Henrik Zetterberg he returns in questionable health and the Red Wings as a whole are banged up badly.
This may turn out to be a pretty attritional contest and as a very good defensive team I give Canadiens a solid edge at 2.05.
Los Angeles Kings 2.70, the Draw 3.65, 2.35 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 03.05 GMT
Colorado have managed to back up their hot start to the season after coming through a tough December and again looked an exciting club willing to take on anybody.
LA, meanwhile, were desperate to regroup and find some attacking spark, they were (and still are) tied for the league's coldest side. 18 year old rookie Nathan MacKinnon's 12 goals since the turn of the year are the second in all players for that spell, the entire Kings team has scored 29 times over the same time period.
That's hit them extremely hard on their road where only two wins have been gained from the last twelve outings, Jonathan Quick had to hold their opponents to a goal or less to get it done too. Both previous meetings have been cagey ones going past regulation and with LA involved as well as the two week rust factor taking on under 4.5 total goals looks a decent option.
It also suggests going for a tie wouldn't be a bad play but based on the wider view of their seasons I think the Avalanche will have enough, the added bonus is that they're undervalued by reputation.
Best Bet: Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.35.