New Jersey Devils - Washington Capitals
Looking up from 10th and 11th in the East it's an essential two points on offer for both of these clubs. At 2-1 up in the season head to head and riding a five game point streak, New Jersey have the edge.
There's an altogether different attitude in the Capital as they held a play-off position not too long ago but have slowly been sliding down the standings, one win in six even with a couple of OT loss points thrown in has been a disappointing return for roster possessing a lot of talent.
To me though the problem is obvious, head coach Adam Oates was a solid two way player in his time but his charges now aren't playing well enough five on five, only the bottom clubs are in a worse deficit at even strength.
As the team with the lowest penalty minutes average, the Devils should know how to play this game due Washington's reliance on the powerplay, getting the whistles less in foreign arenas is another reason why the Capitals have mostly struggled on the road.
All of Alex Ovechkin's points in March came on the man advantage and the NHL's leading goalscorer is now the owner of the worst plus/minus rating in the league at -36, stay out of the box and you clearly go some way to neutralising the biggest threat.
It sounds simple and I'll back New Jersey to be smart enough to execute and win at 2.25.
Phoenix Coyotes – Edmonton Oilers
A final matchup between these Pacific Division sides, and whilst Edmonton can't wait for the season to end Phoenix surely can't afford to miss out on some easy points.
Overtaken for the West's 8th spot by Dallas and already two games in front of them, the Coyotes suffered a further setback via a convincing 4-0 loss to LA on Wednesday. For the most part though they've played well during the run-in and their home record remains very strong.
Whilst they haven't been nearly bad enough to challenge Buffalo for the first overall pick, there hasn't been the same fight from the Oilers as other clubs out of contention. Another three straight losses should mean they aren't up for an upset tonight.
It won't net you much but in a critical game for them, take Phoenix over the -1.5 handicap at 2.25. If you're in search of more value take a look at over 6.5 total goals through regulation. There's been 31 tallies in their four clashes this season with the Coyotes winning all of them.
Best Bet: New Jersey Devils to win at 2.25