Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings 12/21/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/20/2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit
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Sunday night, the Colorado Avalanche will close out a 3 game road trip with a stop at the Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings.
The Colorado Avalanche will come into this one after a Saturday night game in Buffalo against the Buffalo Sabres. The Avalanche have struggled in recent weeks and having to play back to back road games won't do much to help them turn things in the right direction. But one thing that might play in Colorado's favor is the fact that the Red Wings are amidst a slump too. If Colorado can wake up their horrendous power play and find a way to get the puck in the net, they might be able to turn things around.
The Detroit Red Wings dropped their 5th game in a row Friday night after losing 2 - 1 to the New York Islanders. Henrik Zetterberg gave the Red Wings the lead midway through the 1st period with his 6th goal of the season. But by the end of the period, the Islanders had tied things up. Another New York goal gave them a 2 - 1 lead in the 2nd and they managed to maintain that lead the rest of the way. Detroit went 0 for 2 on the power play and had just 18 shots on goal compared to New York's 32. It's easy to say, but until Detroit plays a complete game on both ends of the ice, this slump will continue.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
Colorado Avalanche are 10-21-0 Against the Spread
Colorado Avalanche are 15-14-0 against the Over/Under
Detroit Red Wings Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings are 17-16-0 Against the Spread
Detroit Red Wings are 15-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/08/14 GO Semyon Varlamov Groin out indefinitely
12/05/14 C Ben Street Hand out indefinitely
12/01/14 C John Mitchell Leg out indefinitely
11/25/14 LW Jamie McGinn Back out for season
10/23/14 D Ryan Wilson Shoulder out for season
10/06/14 RW Jesse Winchester Concussion out indefinitely
Detroit Red Wings
12/20/14 C Stephen Weiss Shoulder is upgraded to "?" Sunday vs. Colorado
12/19/14 GO Jimmy Howard Lower Body is downgraded to expected to miss Sunday vs. Colorado
11/07/14 GO Jonas Gustavsson Shoulder expected to miss 2 months
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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