NHL Betting: New York will block Capitals

We’re now two thirds of the way through the regular season and to celebrate the Eastern Conference's top two collide. Montreal will be the latest team to attempt to end Pittsburgh's 12-game winning streak.

The Penguins aren't taking anything for granted though and have been busy in the last couple of days, getting their trade business done way ahead of the trade deadline a week tomorrow. 

After clearly deciding they needed more grit and leadership for a play-off run, across come Olympic gold medallist left-wing Brendan Morrow and rugged defender Douglas Murray. 

They will be a scary prospect for any team in the post-season and the new arrivals should spark a Penguins win tonight at 2.05.

Tied for 10th in the East on 31 points, the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders are in identical boats as they attempt to make a play-off push. 

Washington are heating up at just the right time with four wins from five. In a season of too many false dawns, it's imperative that they turn this in to more than a brief purple patch. 

It's no coincidence that the Capitals results are mirrored by an upturn in personal fortunes for Alexander Ovechkin. The ‘Great 8’ has scored at least one goal in each of their last five games and is 2.50 to score tonight. 

The Islanders will fancy this one too. They beat the Caps 5-2 earlier this month and have actually been one of the league's better road teams. I think New York are good value at 3.10.

St Louis have had Edmonton's number so far this year and the Blues are rightfully the big favourites for their showdown with the struggling Oilers tonight. 

With the talent at Edmonton's disposal it should not be this easy for opposing sides to limit their offense. They've been shut-out three times this month including once by St Louis. The Blues evidently enjoy this fixture, so back them with a -1.5 handicap at 2.50.

Best Bet: New York Islanders to win at 3.10

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