Detroit continues to struggle on the road and they have recently lost their grip over the 8th spot, the last one that would see them qualify for the playoffs. Visiting Edmonton is all they need to rebound, as the Red Wings have an impressive record over the Oilers and Rexall Centre is a place where they feel like home.
Match: Edmonton vs Detroit
Odds: Unibet 2.50
The Red Wings earned a rare and precious victory over Edmonton a week ago when the two teams met in Detroit and they could sweep the Oilers in what is the final game of a shorter series. Tradition might serve as an indicator that the Red Wings are favorites to win, but recent results would suggest otherwise as the team is struggling on the road. Three consecutive defeats and eight goals conceded in less than a week is not the kind of performance that a team with playoffs aspiration can showcase.
At Rexall Centre, Detroit will need to focus on blocking Shawn Horcoff who despite playing with a hand injury has been quite sharp in each of his starts. The Red Wings are known to be playing a very physical game and it would come as no surprise if they would rough up Shawn. If the hosts choose to retaliate, what we are looking at is a game with many penalties and this is where Detroit’s powerplay prowess will make the difference.
This looks like a very tough game to call, but with Unibet giving Detroit odds of 2.50 for a straight win it is worth risking a regulation time bet. More cautious punters would probably settle for the moneyline bet, but they will need to wait until the kick off draws near, as those odds are yet to be displayed.