Winnipeg Jets vs St Louis Blues
A demanding week for the St Louis Blues culminates in a visit to MTS Centre and the Winnipeg Jets, a building that hasn't been too intimidating to road teams so far.
Discipline cost the Blues a heavy defeat against San Jose earlier in the week but last night's effort in Chicago was much more controlled - and they were rewarded. Offence isn't coming easy to Winnipeg since an opening burst in their first couple of outings and now Evander Kane's fitness is questionable, unless tiredness is a factor I can't see the Blues being lax enough to allow them to find some attacking groove again.
Interchangeability has been key to the hot scoring of St Louis' leading forward line; David Backes, TJ Oshie and Alex Steen are all versatile players and have been giving their opponents plenty of different looks. Two wins from five at home has been a big opportunity missed for the Jets, these are the most fearsome opponents they've faced too so take St Louis at 2.25.
Anaheim Ducks vs Phoenix Coyotes
The Anaheim Ducks are probably happy for division leading San Jose to take all the headlines whilst they quietly go about their business, Wednesday's topping of Calgary making it five straight.
Sitting just a point behind them are the Phoenix Coyotes who have recovered from a poor start on the road to rack up three consecutive away successes of their own.
Phoenix did take three of the four meetings last season, but all of the games were close and either went to shootouts or had empty net goals to flatter the victors. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau is still unsure of who his starting goaltender is between Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, Hiller is a perfect 3 for 3 and rested up to start tonight.
Injuries will be more of a factor for the Coyotes as they'll be missing two steady defensive presences in Rostislav Klesla and Derek Morris. As much as I think the tie is a possibility jump on the Ducks' hot streak and look for them to add another win at 2.00.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 2.00.