It is worth noting that the Ducks are +1200 to lift the cup and the Red Wings run as high as +5000. That should tell you who to back in this one!
But before either side (at any odds) can even think about lifting the trophy they have to get past each other.
The ducks seeing the next round is at round is at -200 while the odds on Detroit doing the do are +235 NHL betting odds.
What’s more the shortest odds on the correct series score have the Ducks winning it 4-1, which is at +300. Second best is 4-2 (to the Ducks) at +400, hardly good news for Wings fans or their NHL picks.
Your Humble Handicapper is full of enthusiasm for the Ducks and he expects them to roll on and add an injury to Red Wings fans.
The 3-1 victory that they inflicted on the Red Wings in game one on Tuesday will be very fresh in everyone's mind. Not least my wife’s as she got new shoes from the bet (which I put on them).
What do we think about the first round playoff series between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins?
Detroit were expecting to rely more heavily on their defensive play but they are not doing the do against the offence of the Ducks.
Don't forget that the Ducks had such a strong start to the season and began 22 – 3–3 booking their play-off spot with a couple of months to go before the end of the regular season.
But don’t forget that the Wings inflicted back-to-back defeats on the Ducks in mid-March and were instrumental in setting up a disappointing 8-9-2 finish for the Ducks in the final 19 games.
Detroit team has to be hard and willing, but it’s not just a question of character and strength and courage and guile that they’ll need.
I think Detroit are not lacking in character however I do think the Ducks especially with the home advantage will just be too much for the Wings.
The shortest correct score odds are on a 2-2 draw followed by 3-3, but I'm backing a clear winner.
Prediction: Ducks win 4-1 available at +1600 at Bet365
Also, have a look at my pick involving New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals game.