|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe Red Wings from Motown fly south to meet the Blues, as Detroit faces off against St. Louis at the Scottrade Center tonight. The drop of the puck is scheduled for 7:30ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports network.
The Red Wings have struggled a little of late dropping 2 in a row to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets and a solid unit from Nashville. They did come back in their last game played, but it took a shoot out to emerge victorious over the Florida Panthers on Sunday. In this one, Jiri Hudler scored his career best 25th goal to tie it. Then he and perennial all star Pavel Datsyuk tallyed scores in the shootout session giving Detroit the 2 points. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves in the game and overtime session and stopped two more pucks during the penalty shot segment.
The extra point could provide to be a huge one with the Red Wings trailing the aforementioned Predators of Nashville by one point for fourth place in the Western Conference and home ice during the first round of the playoffs. They lead the Chicago Blackhawks by the same one point margin in their quest to at least hang on to fifth. They do however, have a big game in hand over both of those teams.
St. Louis is in a different type of battle, as they look to capture the Presidents Trophy for the NHL's best record. With a win tonight, they will pull within one point of both Vancouver and the New York Rangers for most points in the league, with two games remaining for all of them.
As importantly, is the playoff implications in catching Vancouver in the West and emerging above the Canucks as Conference Champions and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
This will be the sixth and last meeting for these teams. The home team has been victorious in the previous five. As you might expect, St. Louis is the home favorite in the sportsbook on a $145/$100 moneyline. Detroit is +125. The over under is 5 goals at $115/$100.