You don’t have to go back too far in hockey history to find when the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins were the class of their respective conferences. In fact, these two teams met in the Stanley Cup Final in both the 2008 and 2009 season, with each team taking a turn at lifting Lord Stanley’s trophy. They are both very much in the playoff picture again, albeit in the same conference this time around, this season, and they go head to head at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.Date: February 11th, 2015 8:00PMVenue: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaNHL Spread: Pittsburgh -120
Game Preview and Betting AnalysisThe Penguins are coming off a pretty successful road trip, where they went 2-1, winning both games in Alberta before falling 0-5 to the Vancouver Canucks. It has been a bit of a weird stretch for Pittsburgh, as it seems to be either feast or famine for them. In the last 6 games, they have shutout their opponents twice, whilst being shut out on 3 different occasions. More troublesome, though, is the fact that they have only managed to win 3 of their last 10 games. The result of that poor run is that they are now sitting behind the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, and have Washington and the Rangers breathing down their necks. If they don’t pull out of this slump soon, they may fall all the way to the Wild Card spot.
At the opposite end of the form spectrum is where you will find the Detroit Red Wings. They have 9 wins in their last 10 games, and have hauled themselves into contention in the Atlantic Division. This is a team that is firing on all cylinders at the moment, especially on the power play, where they have the top ranked unit with a 25.5% efficiency average. You do not want to be spending any amount of time in the penalty box when facing the Red Wings, as they will eventually burn you. Left winger Tomas Tatar has been the man on fire during this 10-game stretch, as the Czech has tallied 7 goals and 5 assists during that period.Key Betting TrendsPittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 gamesThe total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 gamesPittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the roadDetroit is 8-1 SU in its last 9 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 gamesDetroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games on the road