Chicago Blackhawks vs LA Kings
You'd have to go back to October 29th for the last time the Los Angeles Kings went without a point on the road, but their current six-game winning run is about to be tested in Chicago.
Offensively, the Blackhawks have scored over 20 more goals than any other club and their average of 3.77 a game is only climbing at the moment. Individually, Patrick Kane has hit another level with the rest of their highly talented forwards just playing second fiddle, Kane's electrifying 10 points in the last four games has him very close to leading the league.
There have been consequences at the other end of the ice not least the seven scores allowed in Toronto last night, goalie Corey Crawford has been sidelined and those replacing him have struggled, they traded for Jason LaBarbera yesterday but he is no real solution.
Winning big hasn't been difficult for the Kings at the moment either with a +14 goal difference over the last four games yet it's also over a month since they allowed more than two goals. Although it's rare to see Chicago over 2.00 at home it's with good reason and I'm taking the Kings at 3.00.
Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers
Honda Center hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Edmonton in recent years, and the Oilers make the trip for the first time this season having lost nine of their last ten clashes with the Ducks. There's seemingly little chance of that changing with the home side in at 1.70 for good reason, they remain unbeaten in regulation in front of their own fans and have won four straight.
Edmonton have managed to topple some leading sides this season, however those results have pretty much all come at home. For the fans it's becoming increasingly frustrating to see the team only produce sporadically and the heat is rising on coach Dallas Eakins. Backing Anaheim with a -1.5 handicap has produced good results recently and there's little reason to change that tonight.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to overcome a -1.5 goal handicap at 2.25