Hockey betting handicappers will have their choice of two playoff teams from last year and two of the top Western Conference NHL betting contenders.
Puck drop Tuesday night is scheduled for 7 PM Eastern. Be sure and check Sports-Gambling for the side and over/under odds on this matchup.
Detroit scored wins with the ice hockey lines in their first two games over Chicago 3-2 and Anaheim 4-0. Center Valtteri Filppula scored 2 goals and right winger Todd Bertuzzi had 1 goal and 2 assists to lead the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood each picked up a win in goal with Howard getting the shutout.
While Detroit has the reputation of being a perennial contender and was the Western Conference Champion in 2008 and 2009 they are also an aging team that has a small window of opportunity to maintain success and contend for one last Stanley Cup.
The Colorado Avalanche were a surprise playoff team last year as their youth movement exceeded expectations. Colorado scored an opening night win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks as Craig Anderson, last year’s hero, and was again stellar in goal.
The big concern is whether Colorado was a one hit wonder that will take a step back this year or if they are truly here to stay as a playoff contender. Joe Sacco did a remarkable job in his first year of coach in meshing the young team together and bringing out the talent of Anderson.
Forward Matt Duchene is a key component of the Avs and will be for years to come. Duchene finished strong last year with 48 points in his final 60 games and teams up with Paul Stastny, who had 79 points to lead the team.
The young combo could be one of the most dangerous in the league for years to come and make for a major asset with the NHL betting odds.
Colorado has won 3 out of their last 4 hockey betting matchups at Detroit although long term they are a far worse 4-9 in their last 13 trips to “The Joe.” The two teams have gone over the total in 5 out of their last 6 matchups in the Motor City.