Florida looked floored wallowing at the foot of the East but have picked themselves up off the canvas with two excellent road wins. They play the New Jersey Devils, who also looked good against Carolina last time out. On his comeback from injury, goalie Martin Brodeur excelled and was actually credited with a goal in that game, being the last Devil to touch the puck before Carolina put it in their own net. It was actually the third "goal" of Brodeur's illustrious career, but more importantly Jersey are a significantly better team with him between the pipes. They were top of their division before he got injured and you'd expect them to start moving up again. Take New Jersey at 1.85.
It's now 12 games since the Columbus Blue Jackets last lost in regulation, a remarkable streak for a team that was bottom of the Western Conference not too long ago. Nashville are again the team in the firing line. Sergei Bobrovsky's brilliant form in net has been the cornerstone for Columbus: bringing him in over the offseason now looks a stroke of genius. I'm confident of fewer than 4.5 goals at 2.15 as these clubs are both defensively minded, but on their current run the Blue Jackets way out at 3.30 has to be worth a punt.
Quietly going about their business are the St Louis Blues, who are just doing enough to stay ahead of the curve in the West. They're in Edmonton tonight to face off against the Oilers. Having been beaten in their last game a victory here is important to maintain the Blues' security over the chasers. Edmonton tend to be quick starters and are 3.25 to lead after the first. Keeping hold of advantages has been a struggle for the Oilers but the key tonight will be staying disciplined, not allowing St Louis' dangerous powerplay unit a chance. On the back of eight points from the last 10 I think Edmonton can manage it. Back the home side at 2.80.
Best bet: Edmonton Oilers to win at 2.80