Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The National Hockey Leagues regular season only has a couple of weeks remaining, and two playoff teams square off Monday night hoping to improve their postseason seeding.Â The Red Wings are a -160 favorite over the visiting Penguins, with an over/under goal total of 5.5 tonight.
Pittsburgh has the task of playing back-to-back games after Sundays home loss to the New York Rangers. The Penguins are currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, but they are just one point ahead of fifth-place Tampa Bay.Â Detroit has almost no chance of catching top-seed Vancouver in the Western Conference standings.Â The Red Wings remain two points ahead of third-place San Jose, and five points ahead of fourth-place Phoenix.
Detroit was riding a four-game winning streak before Saturdays setback to Nashville as a -105 road favorite, 3-1.Â The combined four goals failed to topple the 5 Â½-goal closing total, helping the der improve to 5-1 the past six games.Â Daniel Cleary netted the lone goal for the Red Wings, and the team finished with advantages in faceoffs won, 39-30, and shots on goal, 40-39.Â His first-period tally gave Detroit a lead until midway through the second period. Detroit is 9-0 its last nine games against Eastern Conference opponents.
Pittsburgh is 4-2 in its last six games including their loss yesterday afternoon to the New York Rangers.Â Before the Ranger game, they beat Ottawa 5-1 on Tuesday as -125 favorites on the road. The combined six goals eclipsed the five-goal closing total, helping the er win. Pittsburgh has seen the der go 6-2 its past eight road games.
The home team is 9-1 the past 10 games in the Pittsburgh-Detroit series. Ironically, the lone road victory the past 10 games between these teams occurred in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2009.Â Â The Penguins won the lone encounter this season on January 18th as aÂ -140 home favorite, 4-1.Â Â In todays game you have to believe that the Detroit Red Wings will cruise to a home victory based on how they are playing currently and the game being played on their home ice.
Detroit Red Wings -160 Pittsburgh Penguins