Back The Winnipeg Jets To Maintain Their WInning Run As The Islanders Come To Town, writes Mike Fuller...
Winnipeg Jets 2.00, the Tie 3.90, New York Islanders 3.20 - BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
Two weeks off haven't affected Paul Maurice's turnaround in Winnipeg with wins over Phoenix and Nashville maintaining the Jets' momentum.
That run has been established since the new coach took charge and, as things stand, they've taken at least a point from their latest seven contests.
On Long Island there's an altogether more bleak outlook thanks to a run of two victories from twelve with most of those defeats being heavy ones, a total of 15 goals have been conceded in the last three games and they aren't learning lessons in their own zone.
John Tavares coming back from the Olympics was a hammerblow and he's so instrumental that their faint playoff hopes probably went alongside his knee, Thomas Vanek has already said he won't resign so the Austrian is surely as good as gone by Wednesday and it's possible he's not the only trade departure.
Although the road has actually provided some solace to the Isles they shouldn't be able to handle the in-form Jets in an offensive battle.
San Jose Sharks 1.72, the Tie 4.15, Carolina Hurricanes 4.05 – BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT
After already suffering three conclusive defeats on a West Coast road trip the Hurricanes move onto another very tough assignment in San Jose, their total losing streak stands at five and that makes them an unattractive prospect here.
Positives have been in short supply for Kirk Muller. The Sharks remain an indomitable home team snapping at the heels of the leaders, take away a shock loss to Buffalo and they're back in a very good place ready to challenge.
Logan Couture used the season break to get healthy and he forms a trio with Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski that has 8 goals post-Sochi and that's more than the entire Carolina team who've had a game extra.
Aside from a couple of isolated results and especially this last week the 'Canes haven't made much of an impression on the West's best and I'll take San Jose over the handicap at 2.25.
Best Bet: Winnipeg Jets to win at 2.00.