Picks: King Henrik Looks to Clip Wings

Updated: December 7, 2009 at 11:49 am by Matt Bennett

Another solid night last night as a lot of upsets pulled through.  Unfortunately, the big favourite Sabres were stunned by the Rangers and ruined the fan pick streak!  Both of my least favourite teams to pick are playing tonight but we’re sticking with the Wings vs. Rangers. 

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Detroit Red Wings +105 at New York Rangers -125

Based solely on last night’s games, the Red Wings should be feeling better about themselves – maybe except for the goalie.  The Red Wings stayed with the much-healthier Devils for the entire game last night despite falling behind 2-0 in the first.  They managed to hold the Devils to just 26 shots and only 12 over the last two periods when they stepped up to get back into the game.  Imagine if they played like that for the whole game (a.k.a to their potential).  The Rangers, on the other hand, can attribute their victory to stellar play by Henrik Lundqvist who turned away 36 shots from the Sabres.  Lundqvist is the only option the Rangers have right now and if he falters, the Rangers will struggle.  Lundqvist hasn’t played back-to-back games all year but he’s just had a week off before yesterday’s game.  Jimmy Howard is obviously the more inexperienced goaltender here but, believe it or not, he is a solid 4-2-1 with a 2.79 GAA on the road this season and 1-0 with a 1.85 GAA at Eastern Conference teams on the season.  Lundqvist hasn’t played Detroit much but he’s only 0-2-1, 4.36 GAA lifetime.  This is a tough game to look at because of the inconsistencies of both teams as both teams match up to nearly .500 on Home/Away records, and Fav/Dog records but I’m going with the team that has shown they know how to win clutch games in the past and hoping they can build off of the urgency they showed last night in New Jersey.
Pick: Wings +105

Fan Favourite Record: 14-12, -1.25

Betting results by category so far this season:

  • Money Line 64-66, -11.48
  • Puck Line 14-18, +2.2
  • Game Totals 51-42-1, +2.18
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