New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens
Montreal have accrued more points over the last ten games than any other club in the East and already secured the first of possible back-to-back wins over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday.
Mission accomplished for New Jersey in terms of recovering from a dreadful start to their season and they are now only a point off 8th. That being said, this doesn't look like a complete team capable of competing at the top. One factor in the Devils' limited offence is that they are tied for the most shot-shy team. On a positive note, they also allow fewer attempts on goal than any other side so any bets on low total goals or shots are well advised.
Staying disciplined is paramount when facing Montreal to avoid risking it against their deadly powerplay, just as it was last season the ability of Andrei Markov and PK Subban to handle the puck quickly has proved very tough to stop. Subban is top 3 in points for defencemen across the league and is six ahead of any of his teammates.
Although Alexei Emelin is a very different type of player, his presence is extremely influential too with the Habs not conceding more than two in the eight games since his own delayed campaign began. Beyond that Montreal are impressing in all facets at the moment so take them to keep going at 2.45.
Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes
A morale-boosting win over LA - and the three day lay-off that followed - puts the Calgary Flames in a good place to host Phoenix, who themselves are coming off a matchup just yesterday.
Recent worries take nothing away from the great position in which Phoenix are residing, they just need to put a lid back on the goals against as the numbers keep creeping up. Goaltending as well as their penalty kill are perhaps the most prominent areas that need to step up. Mike Smith earned a big new contract over the summer and recently went six games without managing to concede less than three tallies.
Bad news for Calgary on the injury front with the foot injury to rookie Sean Monahan possibly their biggest bright spot so far, there's still goals in their line-up though and we've seen them a couple of times this season come out on top after going toe-to-toe with attacking teams. After playing and travelling last night as well as Phoenix not being in any great form this must be prime opportunity at 2.80 for the Flames to manage an upset.
Best Bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.45.
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