Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/17/2014
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 4:30 PM on RSNO, FSDT
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
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At the Big House in Ann Arbor, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings would play in front of a record 105,491 people on a freezing cold New Years Day the last time these 2 teams played. The Winter Classic was much more of an event when you add in the brisk winds and the swirling snow that covered the ice, making it hard to push the puck up and down. The game was lop-sided when it came to shots on goal. Toronto's goalie Johathan Bernier was kept busy throughout the game with 43 shots coming his way, while Jimmy Howard only received 24 shots on his side.
The first period was hard fought and saw no goals. Things opened up in the second period with a goal by both teams. Daniel Alfredsson took control of the puck to beat Bernier with 13:14 to go in the period. And then for Toronto, James Van Riemsdyk managed to put one in to tie the game up with less than one minute to go in the second. The third period would see much of the same. Two hard fighting teams who both managed to put a goal in. Tyler Bozak of the Leafs put in an early goal, while Justin Abdelkader put in a late goal that tied things up and moved it to overtime. Neither team could score in overtime and that led to a shootout.
Pavel Datsyuk started the scoring with a goal on Jonathan Bernier. Then Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak of the Leafs both scored in the late stages of the shootout, taking the game home 3-2.
Toronto is 14-21 straight up on the road this season
Toronto is 16-15-2 against the over/under on the road this season
Detroit is 17-17 straight up at home this season
Detroit is 14-14-4 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/16/14 C Peter Holland Flu questionable Tuesday vs Detroit
03/15/14 GO Jonathan Bernier Lower Body expected to miss a week
02/27/14 C David Bolland Ankle out indefinitely
03/16/14 RW Todd Bertuzzi Lower Body questionable Tuesday vs Toronto
03/15/14 RW Tomas Jurco Ribs expected to miss 2-4 weeks
03/14/14 GO Jonas Gustavsson Groin questionable Tuesday vs Toronto
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
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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