HRWager’s NHL Free Pick looks at the dynamic in play for the return engagement of Detroit at Chicago on March 6th. Less than a scant five days ago, the Blackhawks held dominion in Detroit and coasted to a 5-2 rout of the Red Wings. Can the Winged Wheel regroup in time to make it a realistic contest in Chicago? This 5PM game on Sunday has the home team near a -165 home favorite. Which way will the winds of profit blow in for us off of Lake Michigan in this game?
NHL Free Pick : Slow Them Down
Red Wings are the first ones to admit that the tempo of the game greatly benefited the Blackhawks. Kane in particular had too easy of a go of it against Detroit. An early goal by Chicago started the fireworks but scoring twice as a result of a 5 on 3 advantage virtually salted the game away at 3-0. Throwing extra attention on Kane might be counter productive as Panarin and Anisimov are quite adept themselves on this stellar line. Corey Crawford in goal stonewalled the Wings in key moments. He got rest against Boston in the next game that Chicago ended up losing. Crawford is back in goal for this one.
The Detroit goaltender has been letting in more goals than usual during this recent stretch. A nagging groin injury is limiting his movement and it has shown in the form of three five goal games in his last six starts. This is a stark departure from his 1.22 gaa in the thirteen games previous to that. Brad Richards is the only hot goal scorer that the Red Wings have right now. Bad luck that he was a former Blackhawk last year. If any team knows how to contain him, it will be Chicago.
Too much credit to the road team here. In this situation until Mrazek proves his lateral movement, the Blackhawks should be near -200 here. For those that do not like wagering lines near -165, we suggest you parlay our NHL Free Pick of the Day with some other of your sport’s investments this weekend. Broaden your portfolio at HRWager by betting Chicago ML in their game on March 6th.