NHL Picks: Ducks vs. Red Wings Game 6

PJ Laferla

Friday, May 10, 2013 12:14 PM GMT

Friday, May. 10, 2013 12:14 PM GMT

The Anaheim Ducks hold a 3-2 advantage over the Detroit Red wings, but Game 6 will take place in the Motor City tonight as the two teams collide on the ice at Joe Louis Arena.


The Red Wings knotted the series at two games apiece with a duo of overtime victories, but failed to make it three consecutive, losing Game 5 by a score of 3-2 in the added period.

For our Game 6 NHL picks, several online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes have favored the home team in this contest with a price of -125 on the money line. The puck line has the Red Wings giving up 1½ goals with a generous return price of +255, but for that wager to pay off, Detroit must win by at least two goals.

The games total is coming in at 5 goals for this matchup, with a shade leaning towards the under at a price of -115. When facing each other in the Motor City, these teams have a history of trending under, as 20 of the last 31 meetings have fallen short of the number at Joe Louis Arena.

Now, let’s take a closer look inside both teams for this crucial Game 6 matchup and determine if it’s Anaheim or Detroit that brings better value on the NHL odds.

Anaheim will attempt to close of the series on the road tonight, but it might be asking a lot, as the Ducks are just 9-32-1 in their last 42 meetings against the Red Wings in Detroit.

However, the Ducks are 4-1 in their last five games played on the highway.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings will try and stave off elimination and force this series to a seventh and decisive game. Detroit is 12-4 in their last 16 games played on one days rest.

The bad news is the Red Wings are just 2-6 in their last eight Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 in their last five games played at Joe Louis Arena when facing a team with a winning record.

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Prediction

The Ducks have had little success against the Red Wings when facing them in the Motor City, but I like them in this spot tonight to take care of business, as they are the better team of the two.

Backing Anaheim as underdogs for our sports picks holds tremendous value, as I expect them to advance to the next round of the postseason while ousting Detroit from the playoffs after this Game 6 matchup.

NHL Free Pick: Ducks +115 at the Greek

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