Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
From top to bottom the Central Division ranks as the closest by some considerable margin and that places extra importance on internal games such as this one.
The Stars really need those points as they're one day short of not having won in two weeks, a couple of points from the last 10 available is indicative of them having a sparkling top line and not too much else right now.
Yielding the division lead to streaking St Louis isn't too big a deal for the Predators but they too have cooled off a little from their hot start.
On an extremely positive note Filip Forsberg is making Washington look like fools for giving up on his undoubted potential before he'd even turned 20, the Swede leads all rookies in points and the entire NHL with a +14 rating.
Everybody is ready to contribute for them at the moment and I'm sure Dallas won't relish facing a consistent outfit backed up by Pekka Rinne when they're trying to bust their slump.
Considering the early season fortunes of both clubs backing Nashville for the road win out at 2.90 seems a no brainer.
Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
Currently sitting second in the West the Canucks have quietly had an excellent start to their season, tonight sees them embark on a three game road trip of California that will really test their credentials.
For me the best illustration of that is the fact Ryan Miller is sitting on a 9-1-0 record despite not performing exceptionally so far with a save percentage outranked by many other top goalies.
Don't get me wrong, I think new head coach Willie Desjardins is doing an excellent job in his new role so far their expectations should just be tempered in the long run.
My favourite stat connected to the Canucks is that Henrik Sedin leads his twin brother Daniel by five goals to three despite taking under half the total shots, expect the latter to reverse that trend soon at 3.80 to score tonight as he's getting into good areas and possesses that dynamite wrist shot.
San Jose have 7 points from the last 8 available to quickly dissipate anxiety over their bad run through mid-October, Logan Couture has heated up to power this latest positive run.
From an odds point of view they still aren't too high on Vancouver at 3.25, for me the still go with the Sharks to get through.
Best Bet: San Jose Sharks to win at 2.00