NHL Picks: Red Wings vs. Canucks

PJ Laferla

Saturday, March 16, 2013 2:51 PM GMT

The Detroit Red Wings (13-10-5) will be on the road tonight as they prepare to face the streaking Vancouver Canucks (13-7-6) who have won two in a row and now own the top spot in the Northwest.

NHL Pick: Red Wings vs. Canucks

The puck in this contest is scheduled to drop at 10:00 PM EST from Rogers Arena in Vancouver and can be seen live on television with national broadcast coverage provided by the NHL Network. Let’s look at the NHL odds and analyze both teams before making our selection.

Most reputable sportsbooks, including Bookmaker have pegged the home team as -175 favorites on the money line. While the price might seem a bit steep, the Red Wings are only 7-20 in their last 27 games played away from Joe Lewis Arena.

The over/under total is coming in at 5 goals across the NHL odds boards, but these teams have engaged in high scoring affairs as of late, eclipsing the number in their last four consecutive meetings.

The Red Wings are an impressive 35-17 in their last 52 matchups against Northwest Division opponents, but they have won just 4 of their last 15 road games when facing a team with a winning record on their home ice. Detroit is 7-1-1 under in their last nine games overall and 3-1-1 under in their last five matchups played on the highway.

Meanwhile, the Canucks are 7-3 (70%) in their last ten games following a win and 19-9 in their last 28 coming off a game where they scored 5 goal or more. Additionally, Vancouver is 39-19 in their last 58 games played on a Saturday. Vancouver is over in 10 of their last 14 versus Western Conference opponents and five of their last six games played at home.

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The Pick

Detroit seems to be slowing getting themselves back in order, but they continue to struggle on the road, while Vancouver has proven to be a tough opponent to beat on their home ice.

However, laying -175 on Vancouver is too much for this hockey pick, but that doesn’t mean Detroit is the right play either.

For me, the value in this matchup is on the total; and I believe we are in store for and offensive showdown, with both teams combining to surpass 5 goals, which will take them over the number.

NHL Pick: Over 5 Goals at Bookmaker