Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets
It's the final day of regular season games before the breakup for Sunday's All-Star game and those six days off will be an opportunity for clubs to take stock heading towards the postseason run in.
Columbus are hosting the weekend's festivities and with Nick Foligno, Ryan Johansen and Sergei Bobrovsky all participating only Chicago will be better represented in the showcase.
They might have been better getting the time off however as it's going to take a major push in the coming months to bridge the gap that splits the top and bottom halves of the Metro Division.
Playing on the road has actually been to the Jackets advantage lately winning four of their last away assignments including successes at Boston and Minnesota since Saturday to set them up well for this clash.
Unfortunately the Jets are turning even more heads and have been victorious in four straight including their continued mastery of Chicago, grabbing two points on Sunday versus Arizona despite a weaker performance was just as important.
Mathieu Perrault's injury will sting their attack but their once ravaged defensive group has some semblance of stability, a deserving nod goes to Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian for their sterling efforts.
Despite Columbus proving me wrong at Boston I'll take the Jets to perform a fly by tonight.
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks
Always an enjoyable watch, spoils have so far been shared after two matches in the season series but this is the first to take place at the Shark Tank.
An LA win puts them dead even on points but the champs have just two wins in ten because they're unable to get it done past regulation, five of those ten games have gone past 60 minutes and the Kings have lost them all.
Form usually isn't too relevant when it comes to these intense rivalry clashes anyway and San Jose are probably hoping the same because they've managed only one win from the last six here at SAP Center.
As the better side at even strength and defensively overall I'm inclined to side with LA as long as the inevitable physicality means they don't offer too many chances to the Sharks' powerplay.
After all it's the reason they've found greater postseason success and while their goals against is higher than past years they still have the fewest conceded in the third period which shows how they control the clutch moments. Take the Kings to come good at 2.80.
Best Bet: Winnipeg Jets to win at 1.98