With the end of the regular season approaching, HRWager’s NHL Free Pick seeks to avail themselves of a certain dynamic tonight. Detroit at Toronto represents the opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of physical effort. The Red Wings are fighting for their lives as the longest playoff appearance streak is in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the Leafs are a free skating bunch that are going to shy away from contact tonight. So which way will the winds of profit come in on this 4/2 7PM start?
NHL Free Pick : Det -145
A plum of a price if not for two factors. First is that the Wings came out and exerted a lot of energy beating the Wild 3-2 last night in Detroit. They started every period with sustained effort. Secondly, the back end of the consecutive games is on the road with no idea whom the goalie will be. Jimmy Howard is the backup but was strong enough with a 19-21 save performance. Mrazek was the starter but a variety of lower body ailment have plagued his form. 4.69 goals against in his last five is bad enough but being pulled against Montreal indicates that something is still amiss.
Toronto : 28-38-11
Head coach Mike Babcock will probably like to remind Detroit one more time of what they are missing by dealing a blow to their playoff aspirations. Right now, the Red Wings are tied for the last wild card but the Flyers have two games in hand. Detroit could also get the third spot in their division but are a point back of Boston with four games left. Look for him to implore his team enjoy the moment. Maple Leaf offense as of late is resembling the goal production they had before the tragic decision last season to go with a defensive style. They have only three goals total in their last four losses but four goals or more in their last five wins.
Conditional Free Pick is Detroit -145 and – 1 1/2 +200 if Jimmy Howard is in goal. Look for lots of up and down action as the Leafs shy away from contact but want to skate. If Mrazek is in goal then go with the over 5 1/2 at +115 in the totals. Good fortune with our selections and keep your ears open to find out whom starts in goal tonight for the Detroit Red Wings.