Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings
With 13 points from 16 Toronto are moving on up once again, a trip to Detroit will show how much they've really improved as only the losing bonus point of that stretch came on the road.
Actually the Leafs have just the one away win since the beginning of November so I'm intrigued to see if using a visitors locker room disrupts their very strong momentum when they know they'll be playing the Red Wings back at the ACC at the weekend anyway.
With Phil Kessel's top line staying hot the Leafs have also seen a major jump in production from the second unit with Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri and Mike Santorelli, in total the team has scored 35 goals in the last eight games.
Detroit have only one loss over the same stretch however which has put them temporarily top of the East so Mike Babcock's men have the form and capabilities to handle them either way.
Goalie Jonathan Bernier has also been busy to make this run happen for the Leafs and coupling that with their own high shooting percentage makes me doubt whether it'll last much longer.
Long odds of an away win make it tempting but I think the Red Wings have been just too impressive lately so back them to slow Toronto's charge.
Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks
Top versus bottom yields typically unbalanced odds as Anaheim face the struggling Oilers for the first time this season aiming to make it five wins in a row.
Edmonton finally ended a rotten 11 game winless spell by topping San Jose on Sunday and then were duly beaten 5-2 by those same Sharks two days later.
Last week before that rare success General Manager Craig MacTavish had addressed the media to say they would be sticking with the core unit that contains so many high draft picks and also coach Dallas Eakins for the time being, keep losing and that patience will surely run out.
Despite a number of key injuries including leading goalscorer Corey Perry and reliable defender Francois Beauchemin the Ducks keep winning if only just to maintain their position atop the NHL.
All their recent victories have been close so it's unfounded to take them over the handicap despite them being so heavily favoured, they're also less imposing than the roster that used to make this matchup a real physical test for the Oilers' defence.
For those reasons and also the fact Edmonton have managed it in three of their last four road games I'm actually going to tip the tie through regulation here at 4.25.
Best Bet: Detroit Red Wings to win at 1.85