The New Jersey Devils have agonisingly dropped three consecutive contests in either overtime or shootouts. Had they converted those to wins they might be feeling slightly more comfortable about their league standing. The New York Islanders make the short trip to Prudential Center for the second time this season, and with just four points between them will see the Devils as a viable target to overhaul. John Tavares has the second most goals in the NHL and is 2.40 to add another tonight. New York have been one of the League's best road teams and provided some shock results. Take them including overtime at 2.18.
Just over a decade ago the Detroit Red Wings versus the Colorado Avalanche was perhaps the NHL's fiercest rivalry; one of the two had hoisted the Stanley Cup five times between 1996-2002. These days their contests are less significant due to the Avs' decline but it still means something to the fans. Detroit were hammered by Chicago yesterday but any drop of points would be a big missed chance for the Red Wings; Colorado sit bottom of the West and have only won twice all year on the road. I think the Red Wings will be too strong with the -1.5 handicap at 2.75 looking good value.
After that win over Detroit the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to put the hurt on another club from their division - the Nashville Predators. Injury lay-offs for Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa have had an effect on Chicago, but it's still only a matter of time before their post-season presence is confirmed. These two will meet four times this month, which is not ideal for Nashville as they scrap for eighth. Penalty killing has been a source of pain for the Predators and you can't gift anything to a team this good. Back Chicago to take the upper hand for the upcoming contests at 1.92.
Best bet: Detroit Red Wings to overcome -1.5 handicap at 2.75