Monday NHL Free Pick
(The Spread) – The Chicago Blackhawks are clinging onto the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Can they top the Wings on Monday night?
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Red Wings –120 money line favorites to beat the Blackhawks on Monday night. The over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.
The Blackhawks enter Monday night’s game with a 40-26-3-5 overall record and are 17-11-3-5 on the road. According to latest NHL trends, the under is 39-35 in all Chicago games this season, but the over is 19-17 when the Hawks have played on the road. They’re averaging 3.16 goals for and 2.69 goals against in 2011.
The Red Wings come into tonight sporting a 44-22-5-4 record and are 20-12-3-2 at home. The over is 38-37 in all Detroit games this season and 21-16 when the Wings play at Joe Lewis Arena. They’re averaging 3.17 goals for and 2.79 goals against this season.
NHL Free Pick: Take Detroit. The Blackhawks have won the last two meetings in this series (including a 4-1 victory over the Wings in January) but are just 7-19 in their last 26 trips to Detroit. The Wings ended their three-game losing streak with a win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday and would love nothing more than to make life difficult for the defending champs down the stretch run. Henrik Zetterberg continues to stay hot and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has four assists in the past three games. The Wings are 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win and 21-9 in their last 30 contests as a favorite of –110 to –150.
MONDAY NHL FREE PICK: DETROIT RED WINGS –120