Straight off let’s take a swift look at the last ten games for both these sides. Toronto are 5-3-2 and Detroit are 4-5-1. Tuesday night’s clash is the third of four games between the Leafs and the Wings and it’s going to be a tough one. They last played back on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium when Toronto won 3-2 in a shootout, before that Detroit won 5-4 in a shootout at Air Canada Centre. And we really should mention that the Wings outshot the Leafs 81-49 margin in their last two meetings.
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Enough with previous meetings…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Detroit are looking to extend their streak of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs to 23 straight years, but their 4-1 loss Sunday night at Chicago plunged them further outside the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Toronto, by comparison (despite Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Washington) look likely to make the playoffs for a second straight season.
The basics bets for this match are as follows; Detroit winning is at 1.76 and Toronto are 2.1. You’re Humble Handicapper reckons this is going to be a close one as the bookies reckon (according to the best hockey odds on the correct score) on a draw first and second. 2-2 is at 11 while 3-3 is available at best hockey odds of 12.5. If the idea of backing a draw worries you why not go for the game going Over 2.5 goals at 1.02, although Under is offered up at 13 (and obvious bet if ever there was one).
The devil is in the detail
Maple Leafs’ goalie Jonathan Bernier is day-to-day with a groin muscle strain, so James Reimer (who suffered the loss against Washington) will likely starter against Detroit. Less serious but still a distraction, is their Captain Dion Phaneuf, (who has scored in two straight games for Toronto, and has five points in his past five games) who is fighting the flu, but soldiered on against the Capitals and will probably take to the ice again on Tuesday.
The Red Wings could be without 11 senior players if the forwards Todd Bertuzzi (lower body) and Justin Abdelkader (lower body) can't play against the Leafs. But plenty of ice eyes will be on Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist who scored his 17th goal of the season against the Blackhawks (but couldn’t avert the defeat) , and has a dozen goals, 11 assists and 23 points in his past 20 games.
Detroit have scored just three times (in regulation) in their past three games and had only five shots on target in the first period in their 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday and they’re looking at three losses in four games and they are also looking up at two teams in front of them for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Your Humble Handicapper sees a close game, but he feels that this is the game when things will take a turn for the good for the Red Wings.
Prediction: Detroit win 3-2 available at best hockey odds of 1905 with Bwin.