NHL Picks: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

David Lawrence

Sunday, March 3, 2013 2:22 PM GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks have been virtually untouchable this season. They’ve only lost three times in 21 games (haven’t lost in regulation yet) and enter Sunday’s affair on an eight-game winning streak.

NHL Betting: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings Picks

Even so, the NHL odds have been shifting in Detroit’s favor as the action comes in on them. Could we see the Blackhawks take a rare loss?

Record: 64-76 (-938)

The Chicago Blackhawks can win because…

They’re the best team in the league. In many ways, it’s crazy to bet against them right now.

Chicago has won 18 of 21 games, which is almost unfathomable. Their three losses were all by one goal in extra time. Do you really want to be going against this team especially knowing that the price tag is so affordable at -105 or -110?

Detroit is not the team they once were. They are just 7-5 at home and just 4-6 in their last 10. The Blackhawks are playing better right now and should do so again on Sunday.

Get our NHL picks of the Day here to beat the bookies~

The Detroit Red Wings can win because…

This is a statement game for Detroit. It’s a nationally televised game on NBC and they’ll be ready for it.

Detroit already pushed Chicago to their limits once this season as the Blackhawks needed overtime to get by 2-1 on January 27th and that was in Chicago. The advantage is now with Detroit since they are at home.

The Red Wings have won three of four and have played really well defensively to get those wins. They’ve given up just six goals in those four games, and if that effort is duplicated on Sunday, they’ll have a good chance to win.

Outlook & Pick

Detroit is going to be rested for this game as they’ve been off since Thursday. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will be playing their third game in four nights in three different cities. It might sound crazy but I like the Red Wings in this particular spot getting +115. I think the early start and the travel might affect Chicago just enough. Take Detroit for your NHL picks.

NHL Picks: Red Wings +115 at 5dimes