The Blackhawks were the best team in hockey during the regular season, with an offense that averaged 3.2 goals per game (2nd) and a defense that was tops in the league, allowing an average of just 2.1 per contest to opponents.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings are in the postseason for the 22nd consecutive year, but this is a much different team then we are accustom to seeing, earning a playoff berth as a low seventh seed.
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Now, let’s breakdown each team and their odds to win this series so we can determine if it is Detroit or Chicago that holds more value for our NHL picks.
The Red Wings edged out the Anaheim Ducks in the first round by winning a crucial Game 6 followed by a decisive Game 7 on the road.Detroit Red Wings (+240)
As a result, Detroit has won 8 of their last 11 overall, but they are just 3-9 in their last 12 versus Central Division opponents.
Chicago Blackhawks (-290)
It took the Blackhawks just five games to take care of the Minnesota Wild in the opening round and advance to the next set of games in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
For Chicago, it is Stanley Cup or bust – so the pressure will be on them in this series to win and inch closer to the finals.
Head To Head
The Blackhawks have won four of the last five meetings against the Red Wings in Chicago.
Going back 20 regular season meetings, the road team is an impressive 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.
The Red Wings caught lighting in a bottle during the first round and were able to get past the Ducks, but it won’t happen in this series against the Blackhawks.
Chicago should bull dozer the Red Wings en route to a series sweep of the Red Wings, as they remain focused on winning the Stanley Cup this season.
NHL Free Series Pick:Chicago to win in four games at NHL odds of -290.