Focus on Ducks -102 vs. Red Wings for Solid NHL Pick

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:14 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 12:14 PM UTC

Ross Benjamin breaks down tonight’s NHL game between the Ducks/Red Wings. Read his NHL betting preview article that culminates with a money line free pick.

Saturday Night at the “Joe”
The Red Wings will host the Ducks on Saturday at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit with a scheduled start time of 7:05 PM ET. According to NHL odds, the Red Wings are a -118 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. The Red Wings opened the season with a 2-1 home win over Boston on Thursday, and the Ducks were a 6-4 loser at Pittsburgh in their season opener that took place on Thursday as well. These teams met twice last season, the Ducks won both games by scores of 5-2 and 1-0. Since the start of the 2008-2009 NHL season the Red Wings have gone 13-4 at home versus the Ducks.


Ducks look to get in the Win Column
Despite their opening game loss to Pittsburgh, the  Ducks have gone a very good 18-10 in their last 28-games versus Eastern Conference opponents. One of the positives the Anaheim Ducks can take away from that loss was the superb performance of right wing Corey Perry who scored 3-goals. Center Ryan Kesler also had a nice game by chipping in a goal and 2-assists. The Ducks goaltender John Gibson didn’t get off to a stellar start to the season, allowing 6-goals on 39 Penguins shots on goal. The Ducks have gone 26-8 during the last 2-seasons following a game in which they scored 4-goals or more.


Sweet Revenge for the Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings win over the Bruins in their season opener gave them a sense of satisfaction, after they were eliminated in 5-games by Boston during last year’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Jimmy Howard stopped 16 of 17-shots for the Red Wings during the 2-1 win. Johan Franzen assisted on both Detroit goals.


Final Analysis
The Ducks match up much better versus the conservative Red Wings, than the high powered attack of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anaheim fell behind 3-0 in the 1st period versus Pittsburgh, and actually came back to tie the game 3-3, before succumbing to the Penguins relentless offensive pressure. The Red Wings like to play a tight checking game, and use their transition game to create offensive opportunities. The Ducks have the unique ability to adapt to any style of play, and on most nights are able to execute in a very efficient manner. The best value NHL pick is on the road team in this one.

Free NHL Pick: Ducks -102 over the Red Wings at 5Dimes

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