Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
Washington are aiming to get back in the win column after a couple of defeats, they shouldn't have too much trouble disposing of the bottom side in their division.
For them it's a case of starting better because they're one of the worst teams in the league when conceding first. Selling off Jiri Tlusty with the season effectively over reduces Carolina's offensive options a bit further when scoring wingers were already in short supply, second defenceman Andrej Sekera was also allowed to leave in return for draft picks.
It seems an odd strategy for them to lean heavily on the Staal brothers' first line for offence and then rotate their other three units very evenly. Jeff Skinner has a goal in back to back games but coach Bill Peters is only giving him around 15 minutes of ice time.
They don't have the biggest defensive group in terms of stature either and I think guys power forwards like Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr can play off that for Washington. Although it's short odds the Caps are a much better team and have already proved that twice this season, take the road win at 2.18.
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars
Dallas have really felt the full force of the Avalanche this season as another loss would complete a five game season sweep in Colorado's favour.
The Stars must be rueing those results against what you'd have to argue from the standings is their easiest divisional opponent when even a fair split would have them much better placed to make the playoffs. After losing four straight they don't look best placed to halt the sequence either.
Patrick Roy's men have been OK lately and there's no major shame in going down away at Nashville as the did on Tuesday, before that they'd won four of five and really winding up their offence in the process. Nathan MacKinnon finally broke out for a hat trick against Tampa Bay and scored again versus Nashville, any young player needs confidence and he's at 4.10 to score tonight.
The Avs tend to struggle when pressed heavily through the neutral zone but in previous matchups Dallas have given them too much room to build up speed and make plays. 22 goals conceded in the last four games suggests the Stars are still struggling with making adjustments. Back Colorado to keep up their supremacy tonight.
Best Bet: Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.70