Mondays are usually pretty scarce when it comes to NHL action, but tonight we are traded to a sizable card to wager on. Of course, Monday night is all about football, but after watching football all weekend, from Saturday to Sunday, I know there are some people that want a break from football and bet on something else. However, if you are a good handicapper at one particular sport, I recommend sticking to that. Far too often handicappers venture into sports they are not so great at and throw their bankroll away. College basketball is one of those sports for me. Picking my spots is an understatement with college basketball. Although, I do get a little crazy during March Madness, but isn’t that all of us? We have everything covered today, as there will be a pick provided from every sport tonight. My job tonight is to look at the NHL card and find a winner. We took yesterday off to focus on the NFL, but I’m back at it for Monday night.
The Detroit Red Wings are trying to find their way under first year head coach Jeff Blashill. There have been growing pains since Mike Babcock departed to Toronto. Great on the defensive end, but that offense can be painful to watch at times. A healthy Pavel Datsyuk is vital, but he has had major problems staying on the ice in recent years, including 2015. He recently made his season debut against the Sharks on Friday night. I anticipate it will take a couple of weeks for Datsyuk to shake the rust off. The Wings currently own a mark of 8-8-1 and have dropped their last two games, against the Sharks and Bruins. They look to get back in the win column against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa this evening. The Red Wings really need Datsyuk to get hot to have a chance at the playoffs, and of course, he needs to stay healthy. Let’s take a look at what is in store for us tonight on the ice in the NHL.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
Teams can get away and go on to have great success with an okay offense and excellent defense. Conversely, though, a terrible offense and excellent defense isn’t enough to be a threat. The LA Kings didn’t have the best offense during the regular season during their Stanley Cup runs, but they turned it up in the playoffs. That is loss in those two Stanley Cups. The defense got them to the regular season and then the offense won it for them in the playoffs. Maybe the Red Wings can do something similar, but as it stands right now the offense leaves a lot to be desired. On the year the Red Wings are averaging only 2.18 goals per game. That ranks among the worst in the NHL at 26th, fifth worst in the league.
In the Red Wings last ten games they have managed to score only 1.90 goals per game. However, they have been strong on defense, with a good effort of 2.30 goals allowed per game. It appears that Jimmy Howard will get the start for the Wings with Craig Anderson in net for the Senators. The Red Wings are 11-3 to the UNDER. Likewise, the Senators have leaned to the UNDER as well with a 10-7 mark. In the Wings last ten games they’ve gone 7-1-2 to the UNDER and the Sens have gone 7-3. I was surprised to see a total of 5.5 in this game, even with the added juice. I’ll drink the juice and make a play on the UNDER 5.5 in this game. You won’t find those out there too often in Red Wings games.
PICK: UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-125)