Date/Time: May 25th, 8:00 PM ET
Moneyline: Blackhawks -210
The Chicago Blackhawks are officially on the brink of elimination, and they are going to have to win on Saturday night in NHL betting action against the Detroit Red Wings if they are going to extend their season. Detroit holds the 3-1 series lead after four games, and though that isn’t a completely insurmountable deficit, it will definitely provide a huge challenge for the Presidents’ Trophy holders.
We have to give all of the credit in the world to the Red Wings. Chicago managed 42 shots on goal in Game 1 of this series, a game that was dominated by the hosts. However, since that point, the average shots per game tally has been down to 29.3, a much more manageable number for G Jimmy Howard. Howard has stepped up to the plate and been remarkable in these playoffs as a result, and he has now allowed just two goals in his last three games combined after going through the first eight games of the postseason allowing at least two goals in each start. The offense isn’t quite getting it all together yet, as it only has a total of 10 goals scored in this series, but Howard has certainly made it stand up. We are a bit worried about LW Henrik Zetterberg though, as he doesn’t have a single goal yet in this series. C Pavel Datsyuk does have a goal from Game 3, but he also has two games in which he hasn’t recorded a single shot on goal.
The Blackhawks have all of the pressure in the world on their shoulders now. G Corey Crawford did everything that he could to get the job done in Game 3, stopping 25-of-26 shots before getting pulled for the extra skater in the third period. However, he has been outplayed in this series by far by Howard. Normally speaking, that would be okay, as the offense for the Blackhawks could step it up, but when you look at the stats for the big guns in this series for the boys from the Windy City, you’ll see where the problems lie. RW Patrick Kane has two goals in four games. RW Marian Hossa has no points in his last three games and just a total of seven shots on goal in those efforts. C Jonathan Toews has more penalties (3) than points (1). LW Patrick Sharp has no points and is a -1 in his last two games. That’s all not going to cut it for men that all averaged 3.80 points per game between them in the regular season.
Though we do believe that Chicago is going to find a way to force this series back to Motown for Game 6, we don’t believe that it is going to be easy, and we do think that Detroit has a puncher’s chance. At a price like this one, we have to go with the red hot Red Wings, who should at least win this game 40% of the time, which is more than good enough to make them worth our while.
Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks Game 5 Pick: Detroit Red Wings +190
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