Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/21/2014
Saturday, March 22, 1:00 PM on FSDT, FSN
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Two teams with their playoff lives on the line meet up Saturday night in Minnesota. While the home ice Wild control their own destiny with a 7 point lead over the teams trailing them, Detroit is scratching and clawing in the heavily contested Eastern Conference.
Minnesota's solid home record has fueled their successful 2013/14 campaign. The 23-7-5 record is indicative of an intense crowd that is nearing the top 10 in attendance for this season. The Wild could be running weary down the stretch though as they've played in 4 shootouts in their last 10 games (1-3). Even Saturday night's game against Detroit comes on the heels of a Thursday visit to New Jersey and back to back games Monday and Tuesday before that.
The Wings have been playing mediocre hockey lately which isn't necessarily going to get you to the postseason. Detroit has only been favored in 4 of their last 10 and they've posted a 5-5 record overall in that span.
The teams face off almost a year to the day from their last meeting, a 4-2 Minnesota win on March 20th of last year. The Wild used 3 second period goals to put the game away on the road at the Joe Louis Arena. The loss was crucial for Detroit backers who laid the -133 as well as under bettors who saw the total go over with a goal at 19:46 in the 3rd period.
Detroit is 17-17 straight up on the road this season
Detroit is 14-19-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Minnesota is 23-12 straight up at home this season
Minnesota is 10-17-8 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/19/14 D Jonathan Ericsson Finger is downgraded to expected to miss 10 days
03/18/14 GO Jonas Gustavsson Groin questionable
03/18/14 LW Justin Abdelkader Leg expected to miss 2 weeks
03/15/14 RW Tomas Jurco Ribs expected to miss 2-4 weeks
03/10/14 C Joakim Andersson Foot out indefinitely
03/06/14 C Stephen Weiss Hernia out indefinitely
03/05/14 C Pavel Datsyuk Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
03/04/14 RW Daniel Cleary Knee out indefinitely
03/04/14 C Darren Helm Concussion out indefinitely
02/21/14 LW Henrik Zetterberg Back out for regular season
03/12/14 LW Jason Zucker Leg out indefinitely
03/05/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Abdominal out for season
01/06/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota
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