New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
Arguably the Eastern Conference's two form sides collide at Verizon Center.
Washington have had a superb seven days knocking off Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg powered by Alex Ovechkin. I think this is the best we've seen Ovechkin play in a long time and another 50 goal campaign seems inevitable now for the "Great 8".
The away locker room should be equally confident after an impressive pulling apart of league leaders Nashville on Thursday. Anders Lee continues to relish the opportunity of playing alongside John Tavares on the Islanders' top line, the captain is also making a real push towards the league scoring lead.
Look out for the Capitals' powerplay as a possible decisive factor as they perhaps don't have the speed deep in their lineup to match New York at even strength. As it happens though shorthanded play is by far the weakest part of the Isles' game and Nicklas Backstrom could have some fun finding that killer pass.
New York have been strong picks all year but to me Washington are the right call tonight.
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks
Levi's Stadium in San Francisco hosts the second outdoor game of this NHL season and it could hardly be better set up.
This has become a great NHL rivalry because of their enthralling showdowns in the playoffs, it's LA who keep coming out on top in Game 7.
Just two points separate them at the moment when the gap stood at nine only a couple of weeks ago, the Kings have roared back into the picture with six wins in a row. San Jose hold a 2-1 lead in the season series after taking the last meeting a month ago although they haven't exactly been tearing it lately.
Two late empty net goals meant a 5-2 scoreline flattered the Sharks against Dallas two nights ago but it was an important win to halt a five match slide. Goalie Antti had to stand tall and the team hasn't given him any easy ride lately with at least 32 shots faced in his last four starts.
Coach Darryl Sutter has reunited Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli to the tune of a combined 17 points in the last five outings. When their offence is going it's just as much about maintaining pressure as it is scoring goals, keep control of the puck and you don't have to play much defence.
Again it's that time of year so the tie is definitely in play, if forced to pick a winner I'd have to go with LA at 2.55.
Best Bet: Washington Capitals to win at 2.28