At one point the Carolina Hurricanes looked a very strong bet for the play-offs, but now that's far from certain. In the second half of this month they've gone through a brutally poor run, earning just one point from seven contests. Winnipeg have taken charge of the Southeast Division but the situation is still salvageable, with a number of games in hand and a match-up against the Jets this afternoon. The Hurricanes must cope with injuries to their top two goaltenders and their stuttering offense is hardly making it easy for stand-in Justin Peters. Even more worryingly for Carolina, Winnipeg have already battled past them twice in 2013. I expect them to do the same at 2.15.
Montreal are assured of a play-off spot with a twelve-point advantage back to eighth spot. They will be confident ahead of their meeting with the New York Rangers, having outlasted Boston in a crazy game. Andrei Markov made it 5-5 with nine seconds left in the third on Wednesda, before they went on to take the shootout. A victory tonight would be a third over New York this season, and the Rangers have just one win in five. Back Montreal at 2.15 and with the last game an anomaly to their usual low-scoring affairs, throw in less than 4.5 total goals at 2.12.
Vancouver are aiming to keep a six-game winning streak alive in Edmonton tonight - an emphatic response after Minnesota began to threaten their division lead. Throughout the run the Canucks are averaging just a single goal against; Edmonton have the potential to challenge that, but you're never quite sure which side of the Oilers will take the ice. Currently they look good, sweeping Columbus and St Louis aside this week, though they haven't managed to win three consecutive games all season. Vancouver are definitely the option here. Take on the -1.5 handicap at 3.30.
Best bet: Winnipeg Jets to win at 2.15