Carolina Hurricanes (29-39-11) at Detroit Red Wings (41-25-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 7, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -213 / Carolina Hurricanes +191 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Red Wings face an absolute must win on home ice on Tuesday as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the Joe.
The Hurricanes have had a disappointing season but better than many expected as they were slated to be in the running for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes but a strong second half has them 15 points clear of the basement dwelling Sabres. Carolina doesn't have a ton to offer in terms of offensive fire power beyond the likes of Eric Staal as both Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner have been big time disappointments and Alex Semin just doesn't have the same play making ability he did when he was with the Capitals. The Canes could jump back into the mix in the next couple of seasons if they can get a solid draft pick and nurture their top prospects and while Cam Ward is getting older he is still a number one in many books and will be the go to guy in Raleigh until he is traded. Ward is slated to get the call as he will go up against Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings have the longest active playoff streak in professional sports but their two century plus reign on the NHL is running the risk of ending this season if they can't pull off a turnaround in the season's final week. The Wings were in the mix in the Atlantic division for a large portion of the season but they were cast aside by the Lightning and Canadiens and now the Bruins – winners of five in a row – have unseated them in the Atlantic bracket and they have fallen all the way down to the second wild card spot. Detroit hasn't been consistent at all this season and are very Jekyll and Hyde which is not what you want heading into the final stretch of the playoffs and with just three games remaining they are in deep trouble if they lose tonight. However, the Wings do have a roster full of experienced players and I think they will do enough to sneak in and keep their streak alive but come playoff time I think they are dead meat. Taking Detroit cautiously here.