The Anaheim Ducks have flown into Pittsburgh for a highly anticipated battle against the Penguins.
Both clubs' grips on their respective division leads have slipped in the last week or so. Up until this most recent road trip, the Ducks had been very successful on their travels but they've missed out on three successive winnable games in weak fashion.
Similarly, the Penguins have surrendered all but one of their previous five, scoring no more than a goal. The fact a couple of those defeats have come via bitter divisional adversaries will hurt even more.
Sidney Crosby no longer looks on another level to the rest of the league, which is no real criticism. He just isn't completely taking games over on his own.
A big positive for Dan Bylsma has been the return of James Neal and the effect that has on Evgeni Malkin's productivity.
Over the course of the campaign Anaheim have been much the more impressive and I can't understand why Pittsburgh are such heavy favourites. Were the Pens in any other division they wouldn't be any better off than fifth so it's an absolute must to back the Ducks at 3.35.
Expect the Winnipeg Jets to shrug off the fatigue from their efforts last night for a comfortable win at home over a capitulating Calgary.
On Saturday the Flames lost out at home to state rivals Edmonton, the only club in the West worse off than them. Frequently beaten conclusively, they have one win in nine and it's hard to see them turning it around.
Unless they get to grips soon they will surpass the Oilers as the most porous side in the NHL and they have real issues with their goaltending.
First Karri Ramo, then Joey McDonald and now Reto Berra have had their fair opportunity of nailing down the starts and failed to impress sufficiently with their save percentages almost identically poor. Take Winnipeg to pile it on with a -1.5 handicap at 2.80.
Back the Anaheim Ducks to win at 3.35
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