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The Detroit Red Wings host the Montreal Canadians on Thursday at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan with the opening face-off slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds Detroit is a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The Red Wings have defeated the Canadians in 6 of their last 8 meetings, including 4 of the last 5 played at home. These teams have seen just 2 of their last 11 meetings go over the total.
Wings in Playoff Logjam
Starting with tonight's game the Detroit Red Wings have just 10 regular season games left to play, and have their work cut out for them if they're going to qualify for the playoffs. Currently they're tied with 4 other teams for 7th overall in the Eastern Conference. If the season were to end today just 2 of those teams would qualify for the postseason. Besides Detroit the other 3 clubs involved are Toronto, Philadelphia, and Columbus. The only one of those teams at a distinct disadvantage right now in the Toronto Maple Leafs who've played 2 more games than the other 3 playoff contenders.
to Win at Hockey Town, USA
If the Red Wings fail to qualify for the playoffs this season it won't be difficult to pinpoint the main reason as to why. Detroit has inexplicably gone a disappointing 15-21 versus the money line at the Joe Louis Arena this season. They will be looking to snap a 2-game losing streak tonight. They lost in their previous game at Columbus on Tuesday by a score of 4-2. The Wings desperately need to tighten up defensively down the stretch. They've allowed 3-goals or more in 9 of their previous 12-games, and 4-goals or more in 9 of those 12. Detroit has failed to stay under the total in each of their previous 4-games. The Red Wings have gone over the total in 8 of their 9 home games this season when the total is 5.0.
The Montreal Canadians enter the final stretch of the regular season playing very good hockey. The Habs have won their last 3, and 6 of their last 7-games overall. In their most recent outing, they were a 2-0 home winner versus the hapless Buffalo Sabres. Carey Price turned in another stellar performance in goal stopping all 24 Buffalo shots to earn is 5th shutout of the season. The Canadians are currently 2nd in the Atlantic Division, and are 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference. They've gone a very respectable 20-16 versus the money line on the road this season. Since game 42 of the season the Canadians have gone over the total in 11 of 16-games versus an opponent that converts 17.5% or better on the power play for the season.
Free Pick: Montreal/Detroit to go over the total of 5.0
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