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Red Wings Blue Jackets Betting - Detroit Tries To Improve Playoff Positioning Late In The Season

Posted by Don Melrose on 3/26/2012 3:20:12 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks. They’re trying to hold on near the end of the regular season, and they’ll try to pick up two points this Wednesday night.

Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets – Wednesday, March 28
Sports betting line: N/A

Why Detroit Will Win

When you place your sports bet on a regular-season NHL game, you will sometimes face a very complicated set of interlocking factors, and there are other times when you will encounter a relatively simple scenario. In this game between Detroit and Columbus, your selection can go in one of two different directions. The best reason to pick Detroit doesn’t pertain to the Red Wings themselves; it relates to the state of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the most woebegone franchise in the National Hockey League. Columbus has only 55 points, buried at the bottom of the NHL well behind the next two teams who are struggling along with 71 points, Montreal and Edmonton. Columbus has only 24 wins, worst in the league behind Montreal’s total of 29.

There just isn’t a lot of heft on this roster, no depth of quality or breadth of skill to recommend it in most betting plays. Columbus might very well be intent on spoiling Detroit’s season and throwing a few obstacles in the way of the Red Wings’ push to the playoffs, but without a copious amount of talent or an abundance of resources, it just seems foolish to place any trust in the Blue Jackets. This is Detroit’s game to lose, especially since the Wings – currently sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference standings – really want to get fourth place and overcome the Nashville Predators for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Detroit has lost only seven games at home all season, and only five times in regulation. The Red Wings want to play at home in round one, and that’s a big incentive for them in this contest.

Why Columbus Will Win

While it’s true that in many cases, you should always be ready to make the kind of pick that plays against a given online betting NHL trend, you would be quite reasonable and logical to go with the flow of recent events in this case. Columbus has actually won four of its last 10 games – that’s not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s better than the Jackets have been throughout much of this soon-to-end NHL campaign. Columbus is encountering other teams who are losing steam or motivation (or both). It’s also facing teams that are afflicted by the injury bug. Detroit is arguably the most injured team in the National Hockey League. The Wings have been clipped by injuries to star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and several other dependable performers such as Darren Helm and Johan Franzen plus goaltender Jimmy Howard. This is a patchwork lineup that coach Mike Babcock is using at the moment. Friday, March 30, is the earliest possible date for the return of these players. Detroit is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games, giving Columbus the pathway to yet another unusual occurrence: a victory.

Who Will Win?

Detroit is banged up and Columbus is unskilled. Which team will manage to prevail? Go with the team that’s playing the more desperate brand of hockey this late in the season. That’s Detroit – pick the Red Wings here.

NHL Betting Pick: Detroit

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