NHL Picks: Red Wings vs. Ducks Game 5

David Schwab

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:30 PM GMT

The Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks head back to the Honda Center this Wednesday night for Game 5 of their opening round matchup in the playoffs with the series tied at two games apiece.


All the action is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. (PT) and the game broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Red Wings Betting Overview

The Red Wings stumbled out of the gate in this series with a 3-1 loss in Game 1 as 125 NHL odds underdogs, but two crucial overtime victories on the road in Game 2 and at home this past Monday night have reduced this series to a best-of-three affair. Detroit has been a tale of two teams over the course of the first four games with eight goals in its two wins and just one goal combined in both losses.

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winner in overtime of Game 2 and Damien Brunner found the back of the net on Monday night in the extra period to tie this series up. Brunner leads Detroit in scoring in this series with two goals and two assists and Pavel Datsyuk has been productive as well with a game-tying goal in the third period of Game 4 to go along with two other assists. The real key to the Red Wings’ chances to get another win on the road this Wednesday night rest heavily on goalie Jimmy Howard. He has been spectacular at times but has also given up a few questionable goals along the way.

Ducks Betting Overview

Anaheim blew a golden opportunity to sweep the first two games at home in last Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss as a 141 favorite, but it certainly made up for things with a dominating 4-0 victory on the road the next time out as a 117 underdog. The total has been set at five for all four games and has gone 1-2-1 so far. The most encouraging thing for the Ducks has been a goals-per-game average of 3.25 in this series which is even better than their regular season average of 2.8 that was ranked eighth in the league.

Defenseman Toni Lydman could be lost for the remainder of this series after taking a brutal hit in Game 3, but other than that, Anaheim comes into this game with its lineup intact. Look for another big effort from Ryan Getzlaf on Wednesday night after tallying two goals and two assists in the first four games. This should come as no big surprise after leading the team in scoring in the regular season (15 goals and 34 assists). Another player that will be in the spotlight at the Honda Center will be goalie Jonas Hiller. He has gotten the start in all four games over Viktor Fasth after the two split time between the pipes all season long. Hiller has faced an average of 31.5 shots a game in this series and has come away with an impressive .929 save percentage.

Red Wings vs. Ducks- NHL Betting Odds and Trends

BetOnline has opened Detroit as a 129 road underdog on the money line with the Ducks listed as 142 home favorites. The total for this game has been set at 5.

The Red Wings are 6-1 in their last seven games playing on one day’s rest but just 3-7 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games on the road.

The Ducks are 1-4 in their last five home games and 2-5 in their last seven games playing on one day’s rest. The total has stayed UNDER in 15 of their last 22 games overall.

Head-to-head in this matchup, the road team has now won five of the last seven games. The total has stayed UNDER in three of the last five meetings overall and in eight of the last 11 games played in Anaheim.

Here, the Kings and the Blues duke it out over a tied up series as well!

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Red Wings vs. Ducks- Free NHL Pick

Despite the fact that this series is tied, Anaheim remains the better overall team between the two and it has pretty much displayed that edge over the past four games. It is crunch time in this series as Wednesday’s winner gains that crucial 3-2 edge, making the free NHL picks  in this matchup with the home-town Ducks. 

Anaheim 3 - Detroit 2  (lines provided by Bet 365)

YTD NHL Free Picks Record: 33-20-2

Also, check out David Lawrence's picks on the Bruins and Maple Leafs!