Ottawa - St Louis
The Western Conference staying on its dominant trend looks a solid bet to cash in on when the St Louis Blues head in to Ottawa this evening.
Against clubs from the West the Senators have an abysmal one win from twelve and that includes some real thrashings that have exposed their lack of balance.
Flip that to the Blues and they are 11-2 versus the East. Captain David Backes' excellent season is going a little unnoticed because of Alex Steen's ongoing heroics. Much as with the league's other high scorers Chicago, it is their depth that sets them apart.
Brian Elliott is mooted to get the start in net for St Louis against his former club and I would say he - along with Jaro Halak - have steadily done what is required rather than anything outstanding.
Comparing what that duo faces to the work the Sens have asked of Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, would make a grim analysis for Ottawa coach Paul MacLean. Take the Blues in comfortable fashion here overcoming a -1.5 handicap in the process.
Colorado - Dallas
Neither the Colorado Avalanche or Dallas Stars have managed to put consecutive victories together so far this month, though that may well change soon, with the two clubs facing off twice in the space of 24 hours.
A pair of 3-2 results home and away give the Avalanche the lead in the head-to-head. I'm expecting them to overcome a recent rough patch and get through by a similar scoreline. To be honest it's far from a disastrous run from the Avs but a failure to maintain the relentless pace means there's been times when they've been sat as low as ninth.
Proficiency on the road isn't a problem for the Stars. They are just another young team searching for some uniformity to their offence in particular. Unless they reignite don't expect to see a flurry of goals.
Great goaltending has been a mainstay for both teams and up front the respective powerplay units are almost a non-factor. Ten games have passed since Ryan O'Reilly scored Colorado's last tally, a man up.
It's a clash with genuine significance, as maintaining the divide in the Central that Dallas look most likely to cross, could be key for the Avalanche later in the season. Back Colorado to step up at 2.05.
St Louis with a -1.5 goal handicap at 3.05
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