A revival of the Philadelphia Flyers may have been heralded a little too early as an excellent six game run has since degraded into a pair of humbling road losses.
The Winnipeg Jets are in town tonight, aiming to ruin their Black Friday. In five games against teams from the Western Conference the Flyers have only managed to overcome bottom side Edmonton. Compare that to the Jets, who are 6-1-1 against the East and we have further evidence of that disparity in depth between the two conferences.
Take out a shootout loss to Calgary which was highly unfortunate and Winnipeg's only defeats this month have come to extremely strong division rivals Chicago or Minnesota.
For a man 11th in the league for points Bryan Little has gone well under the radar and it's the consistency of his scoring that is perhaps most impressive. His unit, with big wingers Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler, boast a great blend of talent and size.
Getting back home may rejuvenate Philly but on current exploits Winnipeg look good value at 3.15.
Carolina leapfrogged New Jersey in the standings when they secured a 4-3 success over the Devils on Tuesday and can do the double over them when the head-to-head moves to Raleigh and PNC Arena.
That made it three games without a win for New Jersey to undo all the work they'd done the week before, as well as putting the pressure right back on coach Pete DeBoer.
Jaromir Jagr's ultimately irrelevant goal in the final few minutes did at least move him up to 9th on the all-time goals list with No. 691 showing the 41-year old still has a nose for the net. In fact, Jagr's ten goals for the season are double anyone else on the Devils' roster - make of that what you will.
They have a curious goalie situation, with Cory Schneider looking better than Martin Brodeur on an individual level, though ultimately without the wins to back it up. Team victories are seven to two in favour of Brodeur.
Morale is rosy with the Hurricanes since Cam Ward returned and they could also do with a repeat of the general intensity from their entire line-up that saw them be much the better team for the first two periods in particular. None of their scorers last time had more than two on the season beforehand. I'm taking Carolina to manage just that at 2.20.
Winnipeg Jets to win at 3.15
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