NHL Picks: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks

PJ Laferla

Friday, April 12, 2013 2:25 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 2:25 PM UTC

There was a time in the NHL when a meeting between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks offered a marquee matchup of division rivals.

NHL Pick: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks

The mediocre Detroit Red Wings (19-15-6) will look to snap a two game losing streak tonight when the face the Chicago Blackhawks (30-5-4), who have quickly become heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season, as they attempt to extend their current winning streak to four games.

The puck in this one is scheduled to drop at 8:30 PM EST from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and can be seen live on national television, with broadcast coverage provided by the NHL network. 

As expected, several online sportsbooks have listed the Blackhawks as 2 to 1 favorites (-200) to win this contest, while posting a total of 5 goals with a price of -130 on the over. Have the NHL oddsmakers made a mistake in this one?

Let's analyze this matchup further and determine where bettors can find the best value with their NHL picks.

The Red Wings enter play tonight with an offense that has been below average all season. In fact, their average of 2.5 goals per game ranks 22nd best in the league. Defensively, they are a better team, with an overall ranking of 13th in the league, surrendering an average of 2.6 goals per game to opponents.

Detroit has won just two of its last seven games overall and they are 0-6 in their last six head to head meetings with Chicago. The Red Wings are 3-1-1 under in their last five games played on the highway.

The Blackhawks own the best defense in the league (2.1), while coming in at 2nd on offense (3.3); and appear to be heading straight to the Stanley Cup Finals.

They are as tough as any team in the league to beat on their home ice and have currently won 12 of their last 16 played at the united Center.

Chicago is also 42-13 in their last 55 versus Central Division adversaries and 40-17 in their last 57 overall. Their stingy defense has kept five of their last six games under the total when playing on two days rest.

The Pick

Chicago’s offense should be able to feast on the Red Wings defense tonight. However, laying 2 to 1 is never a good idea – no matter how much of one-sided matchup it appears to be on paper.

The value in this game is on the total, as I am expecting a high scoring contest.

NHL Pick: Go Over 5 Goals -130 at Bookmaker

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