Detroit Red Wings (15-9-7) at Florida Panthers (9-17-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +105 / Detroit Red Wings -116 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Red Wings head to the road where they have enjoyed a ton of success this season as they take on the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.
The Red Wings play in one of the most historic venues in North America as they call Joe Louis Arena home and usually they enjoy a lot of success at home. However, this season it has been the road that has been treating them well as they’re 10-3-1 away from the Joe in their first 14 trips in comparison to their 5-6-6 mark at home and as such the Wings sit in third place in the Atlantic division with 37 points. The Wings are a solid team that should be competitive come playoff time but they’ll need to get their two leadewrs back on the ice as both Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are sidelined with injury. Detroit is also the focus of the newest edition of HBO’s 24/7 program which has begun filming and has been rumored to cause distractions in the dressing room so the Wings will need to keep their focus as they head into Florida to battle the Panthers.
Florida is in for a tough season as they simply don’t have the talent to compete with the rest of the powers in the Eastern Conference and while their future looks bright with some very talented youngsters it will be a couple of years and a couple pieces before they can be relevant again. The Panthers head into Tuesday’s contest sitting in third last place in the East and are leading only the Sabres and Islanders in terms of points so they need to get rolling if they want to make a push towards the postseason and while they have won four of their last 10 that number needs to improve in a hurry. Tim Thomas can still play between the pipes and I think he shows up here against a Red Wings team looking for another road victory in what is Stephen Weiss’ return to Florida. I like the under in this spot as I think Howard shuts the door and the Wings escape with a low scoring effort.