Hockey betting concerns are also high for the Chicago Blackhawks as they have been flirting with disaster and the possibility of missing the NHL gambling post season.
The Detroit Red Wings will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night with a starting time of 7:30 PM ET as one of the oldest and most bitter rivalries in sports renews once again. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup that could be a potential playoff preview so be sure and open your account today for action!
Chicago has struggled all season to gain a spot for the NHL Playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup last year. The Blackhawks simply lost too many key players due to the salary cap after winning the Cup and have spent all season trying to plug the gaps.
Among the key losses were Antti Niemi, who was goaltender that helped lead Chicago to the championship last year. Corey Crawford began the year as a backup but has since won the starting job and had a 2.29 goals against average with 31 wins.
Chicago was still a dangerous offensive team that ranked 3rd in the NHL for goal scoring. Center Patrick Sharp had 34 goals while fellow center Jonathan Toews had 31 goals and 44 assists.
Detroit has been one of the top contenders for the hockey playoffs all season but has slipped up in March. The Red Wings lost 5 out of 6 games from March 19 through March 30.
Detroit was the 2nd ranked scoring offense in the NHL but ranked only 20th for goals against on defense which is of major concern for their Stanley Cup prospects. Detroit was led by Henrik Zetterberg’s 77 points.
Chicago has gotten the money in 6 of their last 9 matchups against Detroit including the last 3 games in this head to head series. The two teams have gone under the total in their last 5 consecutive meetings.
Chicago has gotten the money in their last 4 consecutive games at Detroit after losing 8 of their previous 9 visits to the Motor City. This series has gone under the hockey betting total in 6 of the last 7 games at Detroit.