Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres
As the team with the longest odds to win the Stanley Cup, winless Buffalo are yet to show that lack of faith is unfounded. A tough opening assignment in Pittsburgh marred Anaheim's start to the season but they recovered by taking a solid victory in Detroit on Saturday.
There has been no sign of a slow start for the Ducks key men, as Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and new boy Ryan Kesler have all jumped out to four points from two games. They're a powerful offensive team and one that's been tough for the Sabres to handle in recent seasons, over two contests in the last campaign Anaheim powered home 12 goals. Chicago torched them for six two nights ago as well and whilst they've improved their roster over the summer against the top sides they seem to still to struggle maintaining offensive zone pressure evidenced by the fact they rank 30th in shots for per game.
Zemgus Girgensons had a goal in both games for Buffalo and whilst second overall pick Sam Reinhart is yet to register his first in the NHL there are very encouraging signs in his play so it's not all bad for their young lineup. Unfortunately I can't see them winning tonight so take Anaheim over the -1.5 handicap at 2.50.
Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers
Nothing too much to write home about for Ottawa so far, before they eventually get to play in their own building for the first time on Thursday. That they were outplayed by Nashville in their opener before sneaking a shootout win against Tampa Bay suggests they could still be a very inconsistent team like their 2013/14 incarnation, but one that's capable of beating anybody.
Florida are looking to bounce back knowing all too well they played a woeful first 20 on Saturday, going 4-0 down in the process. So far they've played solid for five of six periods if you include the opening OT loss to Tampa which could have gone their way like it did for the Sens two nights later.
Neither club has covered themselves in glory on the penalty kill, and whoever stays disciplined will likely come out on top in a close encounter. Either way I certainly think the Panthers are capable of matching the Sens in play and have the stronger goaltending tandem too so I'm picking them here.
Best Bet: Florida Panthers to win at 2.55