Detroit Red Wings (36-26-14) at Montreal Canadiens (43-27-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 5, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -168 / Detroit Red Wings +153 --- Over/Under: 5
The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadians will wrap up their four-game series on Saturday. The Red Wings lead the series 2-1.
The Red Wings are looking to clinch a playoff berth for the 23rd straight year and are heading in the right direction by winning their last four games. The Red Wings have added Pavel Datsyuk back to the lineup after he missed several games with injury and he played in more than 17 minutes in the win over Buffalo on Friday. The Red Wings have held their last four opponents to two goals apiece and have allowed just two power play goals in their last 16 power play attempts. The Detroit Red Wings are 19-14-1-3 on the road.
The Canadians are also playing great hockey, as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games. The Canadians are coming off a 7-4 win on Friday over the Ottawa Senators, a game in which they trailed 3-0 early in the first period. Max Pacioretty came away with a hat trick in the victory and has now scored seven goals in his last five games. The Canadians have held eight of their last 10 opponents to three or less goals. The Montreal Canadians are 21-12-3-2 at home.
The Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 15-7 in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest. The Red Wings are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal.
With the way both teams have been playing lately, I think there's value in taking the Red Wings on the road. Detroit has done a good job of controlling the series for the most part over the last few years and is worth being thrown a bone in this matchup.
Take the Red Wings and the plus money.