New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
These two seem a cut above the rest of the Metropolitan Division right now and the fact it's two attacking teams only adds to what is an intriguing matchup. With the Penguins taking the first clash last month and another contest to come tomorrow night, the intensity is sure to dial up as the fans know the Isles likely represent a playoff threat.
Pittsburgh have lost just once in their last 11 games and must be considered the hottest team in the NHL, and it's only by virtue of fewer games played that they're not topping the standings. Simply put they’re dominating in every aspect, a league best powerplay only plays a supporting role to their control at even strength and with additions like Steve Downie and Blake Comeau they're a bit more aggressive than previous seasons as well.
Dramatic injuries seem to be following the Pens, defenceman Olli Maatta is back after surgery to remove a tumour but the news that Pascal Dupuis will sit out around six months because of a blood clot in his lung is a major blow to one of their top six forwards. Put anybody on a line with Crosby or Malkin and they'll still be made to look pretty useful which is in essence why the Penguins continue to have success, 1.90 is actually a pretty good price on them staying hot.
New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers
Two out of form clubs contest much-needed points and New Jersey are trying to pick up their first points of a road trip that is taking them around Western Canada. One victory in the past six road games is stark contrast to the way they started the season, and the Devils are averaging just under two goals a game for the month of November which needs turning around pretty soon.
Edmonton are coming off an entertaining scrap with Vancouver on Wednesday that swung every way possible and their inability to convert on leads reared its ugly head once more. It just goes to show though the relative strengths of each conference that Edmonton; the West's bottom side, are actually 6-2-1 against the East so far this season. I think this is actually a decent matchup for the Oilers against a team that won't get too physical with them, I like their chances of outmanoeuvring the Devils at 2.65.
Best Bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 1.90.