February 24, 2015

NHL Hockey Betting: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks

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A very short card in the National Hockey League on Monday night with only two games scheduled. We’ll take a look at a non-conference matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks set for the Honda Center:


The Anaheim Ducks have just about locked up the Pacific Division despite some mediocre play of late. Anaheim is just 5-4-1 in their last ten games but that still gives them a 10 point advantage over second place Vancouver. The Ducks are also six points back of Nashville for the Conference and NHL lead but they’ve had trouble matching the Predators’ furious pace as of late. Detroit and Anaheim are both playoff bound but unlike the Ducks the Red Wings can definitely improve their hand. They’re currently in third place in the Atlantic Division just 4 points behind second place Tampa Bay and five points back of division leading Montreal. Detroit is tied for 8th overall in the conference but a nice run could improve upon that situation.

Detroit enters this contest having won five of their last eight games and off an offensive battle with the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Detroit prevailed 7-6 while the Ducks were winning at Edmonton. It’s starting to look as if the Ducks will be content to ‘tread water’ the rest of the way and hang on to the number one spot in the Pacific. The thinking might be that they’ll leave the battle in the Central alone though it’s becoming less of a battle with the Nashville Predators re-establishing themselves as the class of the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks slumping somewhat.

Jimmy Howard will get the start tonight after backup Justin Gustavsson was slapped around during the 7-6 win over Dallas. Howard allowed five goals in his return to action from injury but has allowed just two each in his two games since. The Red Wings’ scoring attack is finally coming to life after some issues earlier in the year. The Wings now have the #6 goals per game average in the NHL and is #8 in goals against per game. They’ve also got the league’s top power play unit. Biggest question for the Wings is the status of Henrik Zetterberg, who is officially considered ‘questionable’ for tonight’s game though non-official sources say that he won’t play. There’s no indication that he’ll be out longterm which would be downright disastrous, especially on the power play.

Anaheim shaking up their goaltending situation of late with starter Frederik Andersen sidelined with a neck injury. They’ve put veteran Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers, called up Jason LaBarbara from AHL Norfolk and until Andersen returns will likely keep John Gibson as their starter. Bryzgalov might not be gone–he’s cleared waivers and met with Ducks’ officials today. There’s some interest about keeping him around as a veteran presence during the playoffs. Andersen is ‘day to day’ but with Gibson playing well the Ducks might give him an extra few days off.