Philadelphia Flyers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
No rest for the Toronto Maple Leafs who have hotfooted it over to Philadelphia after last night's victory in Montreal, a great effort by Randy Carlyle's men in the face of a raucous home crowd and more of that will be needed tonight.
The Flyers are under pressure to bounce back from a surprising 10th placed finish in the East, it didn't dissuade them from splashing the cash to get Vincent Lecavalier and Mark Streit into an already strong lineup. Plenty depends on if they've covered their weakness in net, they've given Ray Emery a chance to be a starter because of his excellent efforts as a backup in Chicago, he's a strong character and I expect him to be up to the challenge.
Toronto came out throwing hits yesterday in typical fashion, Philly will enjoy that same test but at this early stage playing back to back might not be such a bad thing when everyone is trying to get up to speed. I think the Leafs are good value to go 2 for 2 at 2.85.
Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres
Seemingly always in contention to make an impact are the Detroit Red Wings, a routine win at 1.87 is expected from them as they open up against the Buffalo Sabres.
It's tough to make a case to dispute that, trade rumours still circle Buffalo's star talents and a reluctance to improve the roster indicates a lack of any genuine ambitions for this season other than starting to bring young players through the system. The Red Wings already strong European contingent is boosted by Daniel Alfredsson's arrival and the attacking craft that the Swede along with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg will provide will surely be too much for the Sabres.
Colorado Avalanche vs Anaheim Ducks
Legendary goaltender Patrick Roy oversees his first game as coach of the Colorado Avalanche, versus the Anaheim Ducks. He is entrusted with the responsibility of reinvigorating the franchise and First overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon also makes an NHL debut - add his name to the exciting offensive talent available to Roy that already includes Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.
Defensive issues remain obvious though, the Avs have done little to improve themselves on the back end and it would appear to hold them back from being a playoff team. More specifically tonight it's the difficult challenge of handling Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry's combination of skill plus physicality that makes this matchup daunting for Colorado. Back the Ducks to swipe a road win at 2.50.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 2.50.