I made a trio of free NHL picks last night and it was a profitable night as two of my three picks resulted in winners.
The first winner came between the Avalanche and Devils where I had the Avs to win on the puckline.
It was a 0-0 game for quite a while as the score sat there at the midway point of the game, but a couple Avalanche second period goals put our pick in a good spot. They extended their lead to 3-0 in the third and never looked back in an eventual 5-2 win, netting us a winner at +130 odds.
At about the same time, I had the Islanders to go into Toronto and upset the red-hot Maple Leafs.
This one didn’t come to fruition, however, as Maple Leafs backup Michael Hutchinson was brilliant, posting a 33-save shutout while the Maple Leafs offense broke through late in the second period in a game that was also tied at 0-0 midway through the game. The 3-0 Maple Leafs final sunk our pick.
However, the night turned profitable later in the evening where I had the Canucks on the moneyline over the visiting Rangers.
The game was closer than I thought and it was tied 1-1 into the third, but a Tyler Myers goal with a minute and a half remaining in regulation was the difference and gave us a moneyline winner at -150 odds.
It was a nice Saturday night and let’s put those profits in our back pocket and move onto this Sunday schedule!
Season Record: 66-56-1
Let’s take a look at this free NHL pick featuring the Red Wings vs. Blackhawks from the United Center in Chicago!
Red Wings vs. Blackhawks Betting Odds
- Red Wings (+175)
- Blackhawks (-210)
- Red Wings +1.5 (-135)
- Blackhawks -1.5 (+115)
- Over 6.5 (-105)
- Under 6.5 (-115)
Red Wings vs. Blackhawks NHL Pick Breakdown
Now let’s take a look at each of these teams before getting into my final pick!
A tough Red Wings season continued on Friday as they dropped a 4-1 decision in Dallas and failed to build momentum from their 2-0 shutout of the Sharks on home ice in their previous game.
The Wings have now dropped seven of their last eight, but offense continues to be an issue.
Detroit will enter this one ranked last with just 2.05 goals per game on the road this season while their minuscule 8.1% mark on the power play away from home is by far the worst mark in the NHL as well.
Defensively, the Red Wings are also the worst defensive road team in the NHL – by far.
The Wings enter this one allowing an even 4.00 goals per game on the road which is by far the worst mark in the NHL while their 68.7% mark on the penalty kill away from home ranks 30th.
As a result, it’s not hard to see why the Wings sit with a 4-15-2 mark on the road this season while their -71 overall goal differential is a historically bad mark at this point in the season.
The Wings haven’t announced a starting netminder for this one tonight after Jonathan Bernier has started each of their last three, posting a real nice .949 Sv% in that time including a shutout, but also just an .885 Sv% in allowing three goals on 26 shots in Dallas on Friday.
If he indeed gets the nod, he’ll bring a solid 2.96 GAA and .914 Sv% across 12 road starts into action while Jimmy Howard would bring a much worse 4.67 GAA and .860 Sv% across seven road starts into action.
The Blackhawks are playing some quality hockey at the moment, winning five of their last seven games, however they dropped their most recent decision, a 7-5 loss in Vancouver at the hands of the red-hot Canucks.
Chicago is still fighting to stay out of the Western Conference basement, however and are just 9-9-3 at home entering this one.
An offense that has slipped since last season has been hot of late.
The Blackhawks have averaged 4.50 goals per game over their last four and have scored at least four goals in six of their last nine games.
On the season, the Blackhawks are still tied for just 23rd with 2.86 goals per game on home ice this season where their power play has struggled to the tune of a 12.9% clip, good for just 29th on home ice.
Defensively, they have improved since last season but have faded as the season has moved along as they are tied for 21st with 3.10 goals against per game ion home ice where their penalty kill ranks 26th with a 77.8% mark at home this season.
They’ve allowed two goals in two of their last four however, but took a step back in allowing seven to the Canucks on Thursday night.
Getting the nod in goal tonight will be Corey Crawford as Robin Lehner remains out of the lineup with a knee injury.
Crawford hasn’t had a great year, but not a horrible season, either.
He’ll enter this one with a 3.20 GAA and .905 Sv% on the season while his splits are fairly even with a 3.08 GAA and .905 Sv% at home across 11 starts.
While theBlackhawks certainly haven’t been great this season, their offense is producing at a high level right now and I don’t have a ton of confidence in this Red Wings defense to stop that, especially if Howard gets the start in goal.
The ‘Hawks have had some defensive issues themselves, but not nearly at the same level while they has been good lately before giving up the seven-spot in Vancouver on Thursday.
There are certain situations where I have taken the Red Wings as big home dogs – and won – this season, including that 2-0 win over the Sharks.
However, a Sunday night in Chicago is there primetime home game and with a hot offense on the home side, I’m going to take the Blackhawks on the puckline and look for a win by at least two goals tonight.