Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets
A seven game point streak for the Flyers keeps them interested for the moment.
In the long term I think the injury to goalie Steve Mason will probably do for Philadelphia's playoff hopes. To be fair to backup Ray Emery though he probably put in his best performance of the season against Montreal that ended up as a 2-1 overtime loss.
They almost preserved Matt Read's first minute goal all the way through to the final buzzer, conceding just 12 through this run has allowed it to happen.
Read and RJ Umberger have been two of the bigger disappointments on the Flyers offence that has the talent to be much more productive than it has been over the course of the season. With a couple of exceptions Columbus have been drifting away and generally allow three goals or more as star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is once again sidelined.
They maybe lack a little veteran leadership in the face of the injuries and recovering from the dreadful start to the campaign, a full strength lineup would have the talent to deal with that issue. A lot depends on Emery but going with the form book it has to be Philadelphia at 2.75.
Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks
There's unlikely to be much love on the ice anywhere around the NHL this Valentine's day but especially so in Vancouver because of the riotous fallout from the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
At the present neither looks capable of making it into June, the Canucks are at least coming in off an impressive win in Chicago two nights ago. Boston had a superb January though have lost three of four to give away that momentum, they can't afford to take their foot off the pedal.
Last weekend Montreal laid down the blueprint on how to beat the Bruins once again; get them on their heels, capitalise on mistakes and make sure your goalie plays well.
Vancouver don't bring as much speed to the table so it's a more difficult gameplan for them to implement. It's also a huge game for the Sedin twins who are still often criticised for going missing when it mattered the most.
The Swedes have been good lately sharing 15 points across seven games, Daniel netted twice last time out and I'm sure coach Willie Desjardins is encouraging him to shoot more. Both clubs have 63 points on the year and I don't think 60 minutes will separate them so take the tie at 3.65.
Best Bet: Philadelphia Flyers to win at 2.75
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