Detroit v Ottawa
Being the Eastern Conference's best road team has been a massive plus for Detroit in the face of a lack of ruthlessness at home. They are good to back at the moment after winning their last three by a total goal difference of +13.
Tonight's opponents Ottawa have already beaten the Red Wings twice including the last defeat they suffered, but the Senators own curiously poor form in front of their own fans. Sporadic offensive bursts are making Ottawa a potentially dangerous yet highly inconsistent side, as of this moment they don't have the solidity to move up the table and that's been said for a while now without being addressed.
Meanwhile, Sweden's best is powering this Detroit run as Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson (who returns to Ottawa for the first time as a Red Wing), Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist and most impressively Niklas Kronwall from the blueline all have at least five points in the last five games. Although the head to head record is in favour of the Sens, I think Detroit look great value at 2.60 to take this in regulation.
Dallas v Edmonton
If Dallas want to prove they can bridge the gap between the West's top eight and its also rans then slipping up at home to the Edmonton Oilers would probably be a bad place to start.
The Stars have had a tough run of opponents of late, beating Anaheim and narrowly missing out to Chicago in their previous two outings. Switching down from facing 1st to 15th is probably a welcome change tonight.
For Edmonton, Ilya Bryzgalov followed up a shutout against Nashville by getting yanked after two periods versus Columbus a day later. I wouldn't lay the blame for the 4-0 deficit on his lap, though, because of the ill-disciplined effort by his skaters.
Whilst there will be bad performances from time to time, Bryzgalov's ability to steal a game exceeds that of Devan Dubnyk. The Oilers can also be encouraged by hot streaks for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, so Kari Lehtonen will need to be sharp in the Stars' net too.
Unfortunate news of a broken leg for one of Dallas' premier shut down defencemen, Stephane Robidas, means he'll be out for a while - nobody has spent more shorthanded time on the ice for the Stars and their penalty kill was slightly below average already.
If they stay out of the box and avoid letting in the Oilers' decent powerplay unit Dallas should be fairly safe at 1.90.
Best Bet: Detroit Red Wings to win at 2.60.