If you are searching for one of the hottest teams in the NHL, you are not going to find it in Pittsburgh, Washington, or Las Vegas. Instead, steer your compass to Detroit and there are the Red Wings who have shaken off a brutal start to get back on track. They shouldn’t be thinking about the playoffs, but they’ve managed to get all of the way out of the basement and reach a record of .500. The Wings enter with an overall record of 9-9-1, while enjoying an 8-2 run in their last ten.
Half of those wins needed extra time to win, so they weren’t exactly easy, but 2 points is 2 points. Overtime can be a bit of a crapshoot, though, so it could have easily gone in the other direction as well. While the Red Wings have been hot recently, it’s likely not going to be a consistent thing for them.
Even bad teams have their strong moments. It was also unlikely that the Wings were going to continue to play that poorly for an extended period of time. There is bad, and then there is really bad. Detroit were on a whole other level of terrible during the first month of the season.
They are coming off a 3-2 win over the Devils in overtime on Saturday. In other words, the Wings have had a nice amount of time to rest up. Can that be a double-edged sword, though? For a team who was playing as well as the Red Wings, a lengthy break is the last thing they would want. It may not sound so bad for players who just won eight of ten games, but when you’re a team like the Wings who don’t have the best of rosters is playing that well, a break can kill the momentum. The Bruins roll into Detroit hoping to disrupt their positive vibes. They are coming off a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday, so they’ve had some extra time off as well in the midst of a four-game road trip. This will be the finale before heading home to play the Penguins. Get our free Bruins vs. Red Wings pick below.
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
The recent surge has been a breath of fresh air for the Red Wings. Fans were losing interest with record low prices for tickets and they weren’t attracting many eyeballs to watch on television either. This should provide something to get excited about, though, as they’ve been one of the better performing teams in the NHL over the past few weeks.
The return of Andreas Athanasiou to the starting lineup provided a spark, but it’s been an impressive team effort to get things turned around. The offence has wakened up for an average of 3.4 goals per game in the last ten games. This is a team who were getting made fun of with promotions for free fries if they scored 3 goals in a game. It looks like Arby’s may have been the secret weapon to waking them up.
At the end of the day, though, the Red Wings aren’t a good team at all. They have a lot of work left to get to that point. The Red Wings do have a good Bruins team visiting. They enter with a record of 12-6-3, and have mellowed out recently, but are still a physical team to play against.
In a league that has been all about scoring this season, the Bruins have been leaning on their defense. They are 2nd in the NHL with 2.45 goals allowed per game. Despite a couple of hiccups, like 8 goals allowed against the Canucks and 6 against the Avalanche, the defence has performed well for the majority of the year.
The Bruins have drilled the Red Wings for seven wins in a row, including an 8-2 blowout in October. They’ve also gone 9-1 in their last ten meetings and a record of 6-2 playing the Red Wings in Detroit the last eight meetings. I’d side with Boston in this one Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena.