Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators (104, 5.5)
The Senators still aren't anywhere near catching Boston in the Northeast Division, but they are heating up. Ottawa has won four of its last five and has earned points in five straight (the win streak ended with a 3-2 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Saturday).
Now it's time for the second game of the home-and-home, this time at Ottawa on Sunday. In addition to their overall hot streak, the Senators are 6-1 in their last seven home games.
"Overall, we've got to be happy," said Daniel Alfredsson, third on the team in both goals (13) and points (31). "We're doing it a lot of different ways, which is also encouraging."
The Flyers, meanwhile, have won three in a row, but they still aren't sure who their No. 1 is.
Don't be surprised if this is another close one, as Ottawa is accustomed to playing those kinds of games of late. In fact, an incredible six of the Senators' last eight games have gone to overtime.Pick
: SenatorsDetroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks (-115, 5.5)
The Blackhawks have cooled off in a hurry, losing four of five and three in a row. They are hoping that Friday was the low point, a 4-0 home loss to Colorado.
It should not get any worse for Chicago on Sunday, because the team has fared well against Detroit in recent times. The Blackhawks have won five of the last six head-to-head meetings between the two teams dating back to last season and they won the most recent encounter 3-2 at home on December 30.
"Tonight we didn't deserve anything," head coach Joel Quenneville said after Thursday's shutout loss. "We got what we deserved."
That was the second of back-to-back games for what was clearly a tired Chicago squad, but it gets a day off on Saturday. The Red Wings, on the other hand, will be playing the second of back-to-back games on Sunday after going up against Toronto on Saturday.
The generous Blackhawks may give up a few too many goals once again, but look for their offense to heat up.Pick