NHL Picks: Red Wings vs. Hurricanes

Ross Benjamin

Friday, October 4, 2013 12:59 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 12:59 PM GMT

The Carolina Hurricanes open their season by hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Friday with face off scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. Where are we looking to lean with our NHL picks in this situation?

According to current NHL odds the Red Wings are a slight -115 money line favorite and the total is 5.5.

Take a look at our NHL Picks of the Day article for more free plays.

The New Beat in the East

The Detroit Red Wings made a successful debut in the NHL's Eastern Conference on Wednesday night by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Despite the closeness of the score Detroit was clearly the better team in all phases of the game. If not for some stellar goaltending by Ryan Miller of the Sabres this could’ve been easily a 4-1 or 5-1 games.

The Red Wings penalty killing unit was outstanding as the Sabres went 0-7 on the power play and applied little sustained pressure during the man advantages. Jimmy Howard didn’t have a busy night but he was solid in stopping 18 shots. The Red Wings outshot the Sabres 34-20 including 16-5 in the 3rd period when they were protecting a 1-goal lead. The goal scorers for Detroit were Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Sammuelson.

Carolina Dreams

Carolina failed to reach the playoffs last season and the NHL didn’t do them any favors with the realignment plan this season. Instead of playing in the former Southeast Division with lightweights Tampa Bay and Florida they were placed in the new Metropolitan Division. Now they must contend with the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and their long time Southeast Division nemesis the Washington Capitals. Carolina fans can only dream of their team’s run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals when they lost to these same Detroit Red Wings. The reality is that a similar run this season is highly unlikely.

An interesting story line this season will be the Canes top 2 lines will be centered by brothers Jordan and Eric Staal. The question mark will be quality depth on the 3rd and 4th lines and getting consistent play on the back end. Cam Ward is solid in goal and if he can return to the top form he’s capable of the Canes can make a serious push to make the playoffs.

Free Pick: Detroit -115 over Carolina

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