NHL Picks: Red Wings vs. Bruins Game 5

David Lawrence

Friday, April 25, 2014 12:39 PM GMT

The Detroit Red Wings put a scare into the Boston Bruins by stealing Game 1. However, they’ve lost three straight since then and look like they’re going to get finished off in Game 5. Our hockey expert breaks down the NHL betting odds and gives us a free sports picks for this matchup!

The Detroit Red Wings Can Win Because…
They’ve done it before. That’s about the only reason you like Detroit… and maybe the fact that they’re offering a juicy payout if they can somehow pull this off.

The case for Detroit is not extensive. However, this is a veteran team with good leaders. If they can get Jimmy Howard back and play like they did in Game 1 and Game 4, they’ll have a puncher’s chance to win.

 

The Boston Bruins Can Win Because…
The Red Wings have tapped out. Detroit had a very good opportunity to tie this series up in Game 4. At home, they held a 2-0 lead in the second period. Unfortunately, they blew it, then eventually lost in overtime. That now makes it three straight games and the Red Wings have been outscored 10-3 in those contests. For the series, the Red Wings have scored just four goals in four games.

Two things are really in Boston’s favor: they’ve figured out the Red Wings while injuries are hampering Detroit yet again. Henrik Zetterberg returned in Game 4 but he looked a tad rusty, Daniel Alfredsson has a back injury and Jimmy Howard has the flu. The Red Wings are on their last legs and they’ve got no answers here.

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Outlook & Pick
This just looks like a Bruins win through and through. If you want to take them with your NHL picks, lay the puck line or maybe parlay the moneyline with something else. The juice is too high for my taste to take this game straight up. Instead, I’ll take the 'under'. No game in this series has seen more than five goals and they are averaging 3.5 goals per game. Four of the last five meetings between the teams have played under.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5 at BetMarathon