NHL Picks: Puck-Line Value in Red Wings/Flames Tilt

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 2:47 PM UTC

My goal for this NHL betting article is to uncover the best puck-line value in the game tonight between Detroit and Calgary. The following paragraphs detail exactly what my thought processes are in that regard, and includes a puck-line selection as well.

Puck-Line Value in Red Wings/Flames Tilt
I’m going to be honing in on uncovering the best NHL puck-line value in tonight’s game between the Red Wings and Flames in Calgary. According to the NHL odds at Bookmaker, The Flames are -1.5 (+250), and the Red Wings are +1.5 (-305) on the puck-line.


The Scheduling Factor
Tonight will be the Detroit Red Wings third road game in the last five days. They’re coming off a scintillating 4-2 win at Edmonton last night. That game was deadlocked 2-2 entering the final minute of the 3rd period, and then Detroit scored the game winner in addition to adding an empty net goal. The Red Wings #1 goaltender Jimmy Howard was between the pipes last night and he’ll be given the night off on Wednesday. Howard will be replaced by backup Petr Mrazek who will be making just his seventh start of the season, and his first since December 23rd in a 6-3 home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Tonight will be the Red Wings seventh game in the last twelve days.

The Calgary Flames haven’t taken the ice since a 2-1 home loss at the hands of the New York Islanders last Friday. This will be only the fifth game in the last sixteen days for the Flames, and that type of regular season scheduling is very rare in the modern era of the NHL. The Flames enter tonight having won four of their previous five games, and this will be the fifth of an elongated six game in thirteen day home stand.

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Final Analysis
When handicapping the NHL in the month of January and February, rest has always been one of the factors that I’ve firmly believed should be taken into account. The Flames will have a huge edge over the Red Wings in that department tonight. Additionally, they’re in the middle of a prolonged home stand, and contrarily, the Red Wings aren’t only embarked on a grueling road trip, they’ll be playing with no rest after a game in which they exerted a ton of energy to win last night. I’m going to make a small wager on this game that would produce a huge return for one of my NHL picks on Wednesday.

NHL Pick: Calgary Flames -1.5 (+250) over the Detroit Red Wings on the puck-line at Bookmaker.

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