New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings
I'm not sure any team has been more productive since New Year than the Rangers and Saturday's dominant win over Nashville was another show of strength to the rest of the NHL.
New York were also involved in the biggest deal of the deadline landing the big prize Keith Yandle and the American was eased in to the lineup a few days ago alongside Kevin Klein.
Yandle is a powerplay specialist who adds some skill they were lacking at the blueline and you have to say their defensive group would now be in the argument for best in the NHL.
It's not been quite so spectacular on or off the ice for Detroit but they also beat the league leaders last time out and added some experience with Marek Zdlicky and Erik Cole.
This will be the Red Wings' first home game for over two weeks and they lost on both occasions they ice at "The Joe" last month.
It must be said that both clubs are fighting on without their starting goalies and that's what makes their recent form all the more impressive.
When two excellent teams meet the tie is always worth a shout but I think the Rangers in this mood out at 3.00 is too good to miss.
Pittsburgh Penguins to Colorado Avalanche
After finding a groove and securing four straight wins the Penguins have their sights set on regaining the division lead.
Daniel Winnik and Ian Cole were solid trade pickups for the Pens although the decision to swap Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy seems a strange one.
It's hard to get too down on Colorado's inconsistencies when the only sides they've lost to in the past month and a half have been probably playoff qualifies or the champion LA Kings.
Minnesota had the Avs in their pocket yet again at the weekend and the frustration boiled over for skipper Gabriel Landeskog and Cody McLeod who were both find for discretions.
A little more fire wouldn't go amiss though and there's defiance coming from their camp that the playoffs are still achievable, it would take something really special in my opinion.
That's not to say Colorado can't make an impression tonight and their recent record against the Pens is pretty solid.
For me they certainly don't deserve to be such heavy outsiders at home so at 3.30 back the Avalanche to force an upset.
Best Bet: New York Rangers to win at 3.00