St Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks
A clash between Central Division heavyweights Chicago and St Louis has to be the highlight of tonight's schedule.
I'd argue that these are the two best groups of defencemen in the NHL but they're well balanced to go with it. Both are yet to be handed a regulation loss, though the Blackhawks uncharacteristically threw away a 2-0 third period lead versus Tampa Bay at the weekend.
Jaroslav Halak back to 100% for St Louis behind that extremely strong blueline bodes very well indeed and he's been a big factor in their pair of conclusive wins, he was absent for large parts of last season and more critically the playoffs.
The Blues' goal differential already reads a cool +9 so their offence is off to a hot start too, the 11 goals have been shared about too as only Vladimir Sobotka has more than one. Chicago edged the last regular season series three games to two, only one of those contests made it over five goals so the under should be fairly safe at 1.72. Even though it is the champions coming to town, 2.35 is great value on St Louis at home every time.
LA Kings vs Ottawa Senators
The LA Kings have served up some unconvincing displays in their opening three games and winger Justin Williams described their effort in Monday's home opener as "lousy and dispirited'.
Knocking off a threatening Ottawa Senators lineup would be a good way to make it up to the Staples Center crowd. Ottawa's game have been extremely open with them ranking second in shots for and dead last in shots against, Craig Anderson is good enough to absolve their defensive blemishes and is seemingly the type of goaltender that plays better the more he is needed.
Special teams have been a let down for the Sens in contrast to great effort 5 on 5, interestingly for the Kings it's the other way around as their powerplay has had to generate their momentum. Although you'd expect LA to be much improved, this is another case of the road Sens being too tempting out at 3.10.
Best Bet: St Louis Blues to win at 2.35.