The two teams will collide on the ice at the United Center Saturday in a crucial Game 5 match-up.
However, most of the larger online sportsbooks, including bet365 have given the advantage to the Blackhawks by listing them as heavy -205 NHL odds favorites on the money line to win this game. Chicago is 35-16 in their last 51 games played on their home ice.
Bettors backing Chicago also have the option of giving up -1 ½ goals, with a more attractive price of +155; but of course the Blackhawks must win by at least 2 goals to punch a winning ticket on the puck line. Supporters of Detroit can grab the +1 ½ goal advantage, but it comes with a steep price of -175 for our NHL picks.
The games total is coming in at 5 goals, with a price of -140 on the under. But, it makes sense given 19 of the last 27 head-to-head meetings between these adversaries have stayed under the posted total (19-5-3).
Hockey handicappers and betting experts didn’t think the Red Wings had a shot to win this series. Now they are one win away from eliminating the number one-seeded Blackhawks from the playoffs.
Detroit enters play having won five of six overall and six of eight in the Conference Semifinals. Furthermore, the Red Wings are 9-2 in their last 11 when playing on one full day of rest.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have moved into desperation mode, knowing they must win each of the remaining three games against the Red Wings to continue its season.
Chicago is 4-1 in the last five meetings against the Red Wings when hosting them at the United Center, plus they are 41-16 in their last 57 overall; so don expect the Blackhawks do roll over in this matchup.
Despite trailing 3-1 in the series, Chicago will play two of the next three games (if necessary) on their home ice, including a do-or-die Game 7.
It is extremely tough to rebound from a 3-1 hole in professional sports, but I believe Chicago can accomplish the feat – starting with a Game 5 route of the Red Wings on Saturday night.
NHL Pick: Blackhawks – 1 ½ on Puck Line+155