Detroit Red WIngs vs Ottawa Senators
Daniel Alfredsson will be centre of attention at Joe Louis Arena as his new teammates in Detroit face the Ottawa Senators, the club he acrimoniously left in the summer after 18 years of service.
Although points have not been in short supply "Alfie" only has the one goal in ten games this season so maybe hold off on a typical tally, but back the Red Wings for a simple home win. Worrying for Ottawa is even their excellent goaltending can't push them above average at the moment such is their lax effort in front of Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner, allowing the most shots against per game by some margin over any other side.
Detroit managed to hold the league's current best team San Jose to a blank boxscore on Monday, the negative was that contest ended in a 1-0 shootout loss. Enough to maintain their lead in the Atlantic I might add and they should be too good for Ottawa tonight.
Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins
A light schedule has Boston a few games behind their rivals and visiting the floundering Buffalo Sabres should mean they close the gap whilst extending their perfect road record. It's clear this is a season where the Sabres are already looking forward, they became the first team in over a decade to blood four teenagers.
That doesn't provide much solace for a competitor like Ryan Miller though as he fights what for the most part has been a losing battle in the Buffalo net. His individual numbers are very respectable although when you're buried under shots and you're only averaging 1.30 goals a game on offence I'm not sure any goaltender can help you.
Exploiting that inexperience should come easily to the Bruins with their no-nonsense strategy, take Boston with a -2.5 handicap at 4.50. Can I really pass on a home team at 3.55? Buffalo have only one point to show from six games inside First Niagara Center.
Best Bet: Detroit Red Wings to win at 2.05.