The Detroit Red Wings will square off with the Washington Capitals in the NBC Game of the Week at 12:30 PM ET. Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets will visit the Montreal Canadiens at 1:00 PM ET on CBC.
Two less than impressive teams will square off in this one as the Red Wings visit the Capitals. This is the second leg of their back-to-back series, which ended with a 5-4 Red Wings shootout win on Friday night.
The Caps could be in a tight spot here as this will be their first game home after a five-game road trip. They clearly faded down the stretch of the road trip as they allowed just six goals in their first three games but coughed up 10 in the last two. The challenge here is that not only is it their first game back home (teams are often a little jetlagged after a long road trip) but it’s also their third game in four nights and fourth in six nights.
The Caps have been horrible at home as they’ve dropped three straight and six of eight. Before you consider them for your NHL picks, you should know that they’ve dropped nine of 11 overall.
Detroit’s had their fair share of struggles on the road too as they’ve been shut out in three straight away games but the Caps appear to be struggling on a whole other level. With the Red Wings being the dog on the NHL odds in this one, I’ll take a shot with them.
Pick: Red Wings +120 at Bookmaker
The Montreal Canadiens are coming apart at the seams. Most of the heat has fallen on goaltender Carey Price, who had been playing like an All-Star in 2013. However, it appears that he turned into a pumpkin once the calendar flipped to 2014 as he was atrocious in the month of January. Price posted a pathetic .891 save percentage and 3.37 GAA in January. When you compare that to what he did in December (2.45 GAA, .916 save percentage) or November (1.97 GAA, .934 save percentage), you get a clearer view of just how far he’s fallen off. Montreal’s loss on Saturday now means they’ve dropped five of seven and 10 of 16.
It’s tough to bet against Winnipeg these days as they’ve been on a charge since switching head coaches. Paul Maurice has pushed the right buttons on this team as they have now won seven of nine with him as the bench boss. The goaltending has been good (2.22 goals per game) and the offense has woken up (3.44 per game).
The Jets are the better choice for your NHL picks here. They’re playing better and momentum is clearly on their side. On top of that, you get them as a sizable dog here.
Pick: Jets +130 at BetOnline