Red Wings vs. Blackhawks - 11/14/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (9-6-1) at Detroit Red Wings (7-3-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +114 / Chicago Blackhawks -126 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSDT
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings play Friday night at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Chicago Blackhawks have split their last 10 games and are hoping they’ve turned the corner offensively. Despite starting the season off slow, the Blackhawks have scored a combined 15 goals in their last four games. The Chicago Blackhawks have also improved their power play and have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with six goals, Brandon Saad has nine assists and Patrick Kane has 46 shots on goal. The Blackhawks defense, however, continues to shine, as they’re allowing just 1.9 goals per game which is second in the league. Corey Crawford has allowed 18 goals on 262 shots and Scott Darling has given up six goals on 90 shots faced. If the offense can keep up, Chicago will start looking like the hockey team of old.
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The Detroit Red Wings have lost four of their last five games and are in the thick of the Atlantic division race. The Red Wings defense has made the difference during this losing stretch, allowing 10 goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.3 goals per game on the season and have lost five straight games when allowing at least three goals. Jimmy Howard has allowed 25 goals on 324 shots and Jonas Gustavsson has given up seven goals on 76 shots faced. Despite having the second best power play kill, the Red Wings have allowed a pp goal in five of their last eight games. Offensively, Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with eight goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 12 assists and Justin Abdelkader has 37 shots on goal. This is the third straight home game for Detroit.
The Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic and 7-16 in their last 23 road games. The Red Wings are 476-231-27 in their last 734 home games and 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Detroit and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Chicago Blackhawks look like they're starting to play hockey most them expect to play, while the Detroit Red Wings are going through one of their slumps. Getting Chicago for the cheap price seems to be the play here.