Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators
In this rescheduled tilt from last month, Ottawa are attempting to close out an excellent week at home against their provincial rivals the Leafs. In the past few days the Sens have comfortably gotten past Detroit and Minnesota before a fun scrap against Winnipeg last night, all at Canadian Tire Centre.
It seems like Paul MacLean can't go wrong in net at the moment choosing between Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, the former held his ground yesterday so that means Lehner will almost certainly get the nod tonight to try to add to his three wins.
Toronto are coming off their own entertaining duel versus the NY Rangers that Leo Komarov won for them late, and the last few road outings have showed them to be spirited yet flawed in terms of keeping control of close contests yet they are capable of launching big comebacks. I guess the same could be said of these Sens and both of these sides rank poorly in number of shots against but from a personnel perspective Ottawa are more comfortable when it's open. That pays tonight so jump on the Senators at 2.18.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
The Lightning have surged to the summit of the Atlantic Division via a five game winning streak that was just extended by rolling over sorry Columbus last night. Contributions from all their forward lines piled on the heavy scoreline and the minimum they've scored in any contest during this rise is four, only Pittsburgh have a higher average per game on the season too.
As one of the few teams who weren't in action last night the Red Wings will look to take advantage of playing an opponent on a back to back, but they themselves have already played three times this week. Fortunately for Mike Babcock getting back to Joe Louis Arena proved a nice tonic for a three game winless run as his side secured a 4-2 success over New Jersey and their powerplay found some cutting edge in the process.
Three conceded while a man down yesterday might be worth looking at for Tampa, it's always an interesting battle with Detroit's unit as they have plenty of skill but no right handed shot to open up the ice that little bit more. A close contest should be in order so the tie at 3.75 makes sense but of the two options it has to be streaking Tampa Bay out at 3.00.
Best Bet: Ottawa Senators to win at 2.18.