With only one loss in their last 18 games, the Anaheim Ducks are approaching 'untouchable' status. Unibet columnist Mike Fuller previews tonight's clash with the Vancouver Canucks...
Pittsburgh Penguins 1.72, the Draw 4.20, Washington Capitals 4.00 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
Marc-Andre Fleury didn't have to work particularly hard for his 18 save shutout in an uncompetitive 4-0 Pittsburgh victory last time these two met, but Penguins vs Capitals will always get a big build up for as long as their respective superstars remain relevant.
Alex Ovechkin and Washington are just about in the best position to challenge Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division title, though it'll take one massive swing to do it and the Pens have already overcome more than their fair share of bad luck yet are still dominant.
Coming off a testing from San Jose last night and trying to halt a run of twelve home victories makes this an unlikely one for Washington whilst they try to solve their own indifferent recent results. Nicklas Backstrom commented that Buffalo "lulled us to sleep" during a shootout loss last Sunday, is it fair to accuse them of a slight lack of professionalism from that especially when the exact same thing happened against the league's worst team only two weeks before?
It's much more easy to get fired up for a big game against the conference leaders and because the Caps are a dangerous team I think 3.90 is too big a potential payout to pass on.
Anaheim Ducks 1.90, the Draw 3.95, Vancouver Canucks 3.45 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT
Breathing room at the top of the pile for Anaheim and the Ducks are approaching untouchable status with only the one loss in their last 18 games. Even when their offence misfired to the one goal on Sunday goalie Jonas Hiller went blemish-free to bail them out and add to their current win streak that stretches to seven.
Ten days ago Vancouver forced an entertaining contest to overtime at Honda Center. Even that three goal effort was off-pattern for them as since December began they are averaging less than two goals a game on their travels.
Defence has been an underrated part of Anaheim's success all year and a few blueliners deserve real credit including veteran presence Francois Beauchemin, rookie Hampus Lindholm's smooth transition to the majors is mightily impressive and finally Cam Fowler has gone from a gifted puck mover to an all-around capable in any situation.
There's no need to be inventive when the Ducks keep on paying out, the home win worth taking yet again here.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 1.90.