Twenty points are separating Detroit from division leader Chicago, but the Red Wings won’t let their rivals formidable start dampen their confidence. What they need right now is to build on a spectacular record against Edmonton, and consolidate their position at the top of the conference.
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The Red Wings owe a lot to goalkeeper Jimmy Howard who found a way to stop most of the pucks aimed at his net, and kept Detroit in the game even when the offensive stumbled. The defensive played well above expectations in late February, and Niklas Kronwall scored the winning goal in the highly contested game against Colorado. The defender found a rather original way of shooting the puck, as it ricocheted off the boards and passed by Avalanche’s goalkeeper.
A combination of strong defensive performance, effective power-play killing and a bit of luck made the Red Wings one of the most in-form teams in the NHL. The Oilers sit at the opposite end of the spectrum and they can barely alternate wins with defeats, with home ice advantage being essential. At Joe Louis Arena, Edmonton won just 6 games out of a total 28 and lost nine of the most recent ten. They have lost three games in a row and look forward to end their five games away streak as soon as possible.
Detroit secured most of its recent victories in overtime, and even those games that ended in 60 minutes, were frequently decided by a goal. Since the odds for a Moneyline bet are not worthwhile, punters should take the slight chance of backing the Red Wings to prevail in regulation time at even odds with Unibet.