Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/29/2014
Sunday, March 30, 5:00 PM on SunS, FSDT
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
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It was only about a month or two ago that Detroit looked as if they'd miss the postseason for the first time since the 1989-90 season. As February roared in so did the old Red Wings as they've moved into the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference race. This is by no means cause to celebrate though as 4 teams are tied with 80 points with only two spots to fill. Detroit has 10 games left and literally each one is a must-have. Tampa Bay needs every win they can get down the stretch as well as they're currently slated to go on the road in round 1.
Tampa is skating well, going 5-1-1 in their last 7 with the loss coming in overtime. They've essentially turned around their season after going just 2-6-2 prior to that. The offense has been great, scoring 3+ goals in 9 straight games. As expected, total bets are soaring during that time with over bets winning 8 of the 9.
Detroit looks to help themselves after a two game losing streak followed by three straight wins. Both the Wings and Lightning will have scheduling going against them Sunday though as they both fly into Detroit from Saturday night road games. It will also be the third game in four nights for both teams which usually leads to fatigue and slow offensive charges or a tired defense that torches the nets.
Detroit and Tampa had a pretty good battle when they last took the ice on February 8th. The hometown Lightning were listed as -121 favorites even after dropping 4 of 5. Detroit had won 3 of 4 heading into the Olympic break and the +112 line was pretty salacious. As it happens, TB scored 3 straight goals for a 4-2 home win.
Tampa Bay is 19-19 straight up on the road this season
Tampa Bay is 18-20-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Detroit is 15-21 straight up at home this season
Detroit is 16-15-4 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
10/12/13 D Brian Lee Knee out indefinitely
03/26/14 RW Tomas Jurco Ribs probable
03/19/14 D Jonathan Ericsson Finger expected to miss 4-6 weeks
03/18/14 LW Justin Abdelkader Leg expected to miss 2 weeks
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
02/21/14 LW Henrik Zetterberg Back out for regular season
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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