The last two teams remaining from the Central division square off in a highly contested series, and the rivalry couldn’t be higher. Chicago took the opening game by four goals to one but the Red Wings can get back in the series if they win both home games in Detroit.
Bet: Detroit Moneyline
Odds: William Hill 2.10
The Blackhawks took an early lead in the first game but were tied just 1 min. later and if it wasn’t for the complete meltdown of the Red Wings in the third period, the game would’ve gone into overtime. The visitors sent only 21 shots at Corey Crawford’s net, half the amount that Jimmy Howard had to deflect to keep his team alive. The goaltender did a decent job but eventually he couldn’t stop all the shots and his offensive teammates didn’t provide him with any goals of support.
In the regular season Chicago prevailed, extending their recent dominance over the Red Wings but the playoffs are an entirely different beast. Detroit has one of the most experienced teams in postseason and this would weigh heavily in the balance if they somehow find a way of forcing a game seven once again. They did it against Anaheim and prevailed at the expense of a better seeded team, and they could do it once again if they could only improve their power-play percentage. For a team who plays a very physical hockey, Detroit is not effective enough in taking advantage of superiority in the rink.
The Red Wings are a force to be reckoned with at Joe Louis arena and it would be a grave mistake to dismiss them as a nuisance, based on the results recorded in the first games of the series. William Hill has odds of 2.10 for Detroit’s to win and this includes overtime and shootouts.