There are plenty of great rivalries in the NHL, but they all seem to pale in comparison to the level of hate when it comes to the meetings between the Original 6. There is also something a little more special about these match-ups, and it certainly helps add fuel to the fire when the teams that meet are both going well. That is what we will be getting on Wednesday night when the Chicago Blackhawks head into Detroit to face the Red Wings.
The defending champions were a little slow out of the gate, but they seem to be rolling now. The Wings are in something of a transition phase at the moment, but are still putting together a pretty solid season. This has all the makings of a great one, and you can catch all the action on national TV. You can also get all your wagers for NHL online betting lines here.
Betting on Chicago vs Detroit NHL Odds
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 8 PM EST
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Radio: WGN and WXYT
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks (39-20-5) came into the season as the defending Stanley Cup champion, and that meant skating around with a large target on their backs. They struggled a little in the early part of the season, but have now settled into the sort of groove that led them to a championship last season. Much of the credit has to go to Patrick Kane, as he is having an absolute monster year for the Blackhawks. He has an excellent supporting cast, though, and this is a team that is talented at both ends of the ice. Chicago has been a little off in the past couple of weeks, but served notice that they are still a force to be reckoned with by taking out the Washington Capitals in their last game. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 2.4 GPG.
Why bet on the Detroit Red Wings
No-one was really sure what to expect from the Red Wings (32-20-11) this season, as they are a team that is transitioning on the ice and in the front office. The results have been good, though, and the Wings find themselves just 3 points out of the top spot in the Atlantic Division. They have been playing well of late, and have won 3 straight games, whilst also picking up points in their last 5. The Red Wings won both meetings against Chicago last season, and will have the chance to do the double again this year, as their next 2 games are against the team from the Windy City. Detroit are 16-10-6 at home this season, and have put up a 5-4-1 record against teams from the Central. The Red Wings are averaging 2.5 GPG, and are giving up 2.5 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a game that features two very good teams that could well make a seep playoff run. They seem pretty evenly matched to me, but I like the Blackhawks to take the win, although I would not be surprised of OT was required to make it happen.