Game four between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens is sure to be tasty after the last meeting got ugly in more ways than one.
Ottawa blasted their way to a big 6-1 win in an extremely bad tempered game. A whopping 236 penalty minutes were dished out including a full on 10-man scrap after the Sens got their fourth.
It's the Canadiens then who need to cool down and refocus. Their indiscipline denied them a route back into that game.
Ottawa will know they've dominated when it’s five on five and if they can get the first goal again, their stout defence won't give up the lead easily. Back another win for the Senators at 2.20.
A show of defiance from the Minnesota Wild helped them pull a game back against the Chicago Blackhawks. They could yet surprise everyone and tie the series at home tonight.
Neither of these two are overly physical sides but stepping up that level certainly yielded positive results for the Wild. They've also nullified the Hawks' top line as their captain Jonathan Toews is without a point so far. He's usually a man for the clutch situations.
I think Chicago need to silence the comeback quickly and based on their regular season efforts are yet to hit top gear. Whilst another tie looks good at 3.70, go with the Blackhawks including overtime at 1.58.
Vancouver are the first team on the chopping block. The Canucks are already three down to the San Jose Sharks so could be eliminated tonight.
At the moment they are leaving with a whimper. San Jose have bettered them in every department.
Vancouver's goalie predicament was well documented throughout the regular season and it's still a big talking point. Roberto Luongo played fairly well in the first two games but still lost his place to the returning Cory Schneider on Sunday. Schneider proceeded to get yanked to the bench after conceding five goals.
Whoever plays tonight has to do a better job of stopping Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski. The Sharks' duo have 12 points between them over the three games. Take San Jose to end the series at 2.15.
Best Bet: Ottawa Senators to win at 2.20
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