Detroit Red Wings (15-6-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-14-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 7, 2014, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +123 / Detroit Red Wings -135 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Red Wings look to continue their winning ways on the road in Raleigh on Sunday as they get prepared for a date with the lowly Hurricanes.
The Detroit Red Wings have been the model of consistency in the NHL over the last two plus decades making the playoffs in every single season and with the way things have gone so far this year they are on pace to keep their streak alive. The Wings have surprised a number of people with their early season success as they sit in second place in the Atlantic division and are just two points back of the division leading Lightning. Detroit is a very well balanced team led by one of the best coaches in the world who celebrated his 500th win last night and with a date on tap against Carolina in this one it could be number 501 in a hurry. Detroit will likely go with Petr Mrazek in this one though as Jimmy Howard will get the day off while Cam Ward will get the nod for the Canes who have dropped their last two games and seven of their last 10.
The Hurricanes sit in the basement of the Eastern Conference with just 19 points through their first 25 games and are likely going to be in the running for the top draft pick in July if they continue at this pace. Carolina does have some talented players but overall they are a very thin group and don't have nearly enough talent to make waves in the Metro division which at the moment is being dominated by the Penguins and Islanders. IN the new playoff format it'll be tough for the Canes to shake off their slow start as they sit 19 points back of the Penguins for the division lead and nine back of the Caps for the third spot and I think they'll be seller at the trade deadline as an imminent overall is near. However, Carolina has been respectable at home this year and the Wings have six of their 11 losses on the road plus are coming off a hard fought victory against the Rangers in Detroit last night leaving us with a perfect trap game that I think Carolina capitalizes on. The Canes are fresh, facing a back up goaltender and are at home and I think this is a pretty nice spot for the Canes to grab their ninth win.