Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/11/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (31-12-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (30-15-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -130 / Detroit Red Wings +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Red Wings look to keep pace in the Atlantic division with a victory as they head into Pittsburgh to renew hostilities with the Penguins.
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The Detroit Red Wings are having perhaps the quietest impressive seasons in recent memory as they are ripping their regular season schedule with considerable ease and are right in the mix in the Atlantic division with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. The Wings held their breath when starting goaltender Jimmy Howard went down but backup Petr Mrazek has more than filled the void and has even played better than Howard at times and once the starter returns it'll be interesting to see what the time share develops into. The Wings have been a total team effort this season and have relied a lot less on the individual play of Pavel Dastyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and while the two superstars are still getting theirs the team is better off as a well baalnced unit. The Wings will likely bring some pieces in at the trade deadline to shore up the roster and they could very well make a deep push in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins meanwhile are in a log jam in the Metro division as they are jockeying for top spot with the New York Islanders but now have to contend with the Rangers and Capitals who are only one and two points back respectively. The Pens have gone 4-4 in their last 10 contests and have lost their grasp on what looked like a sure thing as a top two seed in the division which would lock up home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs and now they run the risk of slipping into a wild card spot if they aren't careful. Marc-Andre Fleury has had a great season and both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have had strong statistical seasons but I think the loss of James Neal up front and Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen on the blue line has hurt them more than they're letting on and as we move deeper into the regular season that could become more and more evident. The Wings have been playing the better hockey of late and while Pittsburgh is usually a tough out at home we get great value on the road team here who is 9-1 in their last 10 games.