An intriguing matchup in Chicago between two clubs having strong starts to the season as the Blackhawks go up against the East's joint leaders Toronto.
There's been the criticism that the Maple Leafs consistently being out-shot makes their success unsustainable. The fact that it was a similar case last season disputes that.
Randy Carlyle is happy to allow shots from the perimeter, trusting both his skaters to block shots and his goaltenders to not allow anything soft. It also helps that Jonathan Bernier has been so good between the pipes.
Chicago have the talent to exert long periods of sustained pressure and will test that strategy to the limit. That said, none of their stars have been supremely productive early on. The Hawks have already been beaten twice at United Center in shootouts and I think there's value with Toronto at 2.50 including OT.
Nashville are the only team left in the West yet to secure at least a point out on the road and that's unlikely to change tonight against an in-form Montreal Canadiens.
The Predators rely on tough defence to grind out wins and although they are improving, a lack of impact at the other end of the ice means it can't come quick enough. There’s been just three goals in their two road games.
In contrast, Montreal's goal difference is the best in the conference and all their wins have come by clear margins. PK Subban leads all defencemen with 10 points and a key reason why the Habs' powerplay is so dangerous. There's also no signs of second year struggles for energetic duo Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.
Take Montreal with a -1.5 handicap at 2.55.
Montreal Canadiens to overcome a -1.5 handicap at 2.55
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