This wasn't how it was supposed to be for Philadelphia and Washington, two teams that were present in last season's conference semi-finals. They now sit at the foot of their divisions after seven games, with their misfiring offences becoming a big worry. Whilst each roster possesses far too much talent not to click eventually, a shortened season won't be forgiving if they continue to drop back. The Flyers have been marginally better overall up to now and have the added bonus of not having played last night. Take them to pick up a valuable road win at 1.95 including overtime.
Back on opening night the St Louis Blues thrashed Detroit 6-0 and haven't looked back, but the Red Wings have a chance to exact some vengeance at Joe Louis Arena tonight. I'm not sure there is anything outstanding about Detroit this year, but the winning culture engrained in the franchise should see them in to the post-season as always. On the other hand everything is clicking for the Blues right now: they cruised to a win in Columbus last night and could afford to switch off after the first period to preserve themselves for this one. It will be hard fought, but St Louis look great value here at 2.50.
Rounding off the action in Anaheim will be the Ducks versus the Wild, who are both on course for the play-offs at this early stage. Zach Parise hasn't missed a step since joining the Wild and leads the team in goals and points. He's 2.80 to score and continue his hot streak. Anaheim are a couple of games behind most of the conference and winning those matches in hand could boost them up to the leaders. Bearing in mind that Minnesota have mainly played at home so far and are yet to register a road win, I like the Ducks at odds of 2.25.
Best bet: St Louis Blues to win at 2.50