The blistering Detroit Red Wings are in Motown tonight, Tuesday Feb 21st, to cool off the surging Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings have won two straight meetings over the Blackhawks, both in overtime. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Blackhawks as -115 moneyline home favorites over the Red Wings (-105) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals. Be sure to make your Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks 2012 NHL Odds before they drop the puck.
Detroit (41-17, 15-15 V) bested another mark on Sunday with a 3-2 win over the visiting Sharks, for their 23rd straight home win. The Wings got goals from Henrik Zetterberg, Drew Miller and Darren Helm on Sunday to finish off a perfect six-game homestand. Goalie Joey MacDonald started all six games of the homestand and extended his personal winning streak with 31 saves. MacDonald has been filling in for the injured Jimmy Howard, but the No. 1 is ready to return tonight from a broken right index finger. Howard hasn’t played since Feb. 2, but is still tied for the league lead in wins with 32. Zetterberg has 3 goals, 3 assists during a 4 game point streak
Detroit could have Danny Cleary back on the ice tonight after he missed the final five games of the homestand due to a left knee issue. The Red Wings have won two straight in overtime versus the Blackhawks and have won three of the past four encounters overall. They have also captured five of their last seven trips to Chicago.
Chicago (32-21, 20-6 H) has rebounded to win three straight, taking the final two contests of a nine-game road trip before kicking off a three-game homestand on Sunday with a 3-1 win over the Blues. Goalie Corey Crawford allowed a first-period goal, but settled down to make 29 saves. The Blackhawks then ensured their netminder a victory when Duncan Keith and Dave Bolland scored in the third to put Chicago ahead. Marian Hossa capped the scoring with an empty-net tally.
Patrick Sharp has peppered opposing goaltenders with 199 shots, which ranks third in the Western Conference and 12th in the league entering tonight’s game — despite missing eight games last month with a broken bone in his left wrist. “It’s tough in today’s game to get scoring chances and get shots on net,” said Sharp, who has a combined 11 shots during the Hawks’ three-game winning streak. “The harder I work and the faster I play that seems to be coming to me more and more. You have to shoot the puck to score goals so that’s what I’ve been focusing on this year.” Sharp is on pace for 268 shots, which would match his career high set last season. With the shots have been scoring chances and he has cashed in with 24 goals, second on the Hawks behind Jonathan Toews’ 29. Shots on net aren’t just to score goals, but it also allows for rebounds.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.
Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Red Wings are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
Favorite is 34-16 in the last 50 meetings.
Road team is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Red Wings are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Central.
Red Wings are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Red Wings are 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games.
Blackhawks are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference.
Blackhawks are 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog.
Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks
When: Tuesday, Feb 21st@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Wings -115
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The Bottom Line: The Wings are open and soaring, just hope goalie Jimmy Howard isn’t rusty. Go Detroit. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Odds & Picks from experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!