|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 19 May 2009 10:19|
NHL Playoffs odds may favor the Detroit Red Wings in their western conference final sports betting series against Chicago but don't tell the Blackhawks that. NHL Playoffs odds should be even for this series of hated long time sports betting rivals and the Hawks will have extra motivation after a tough game 1 loss on Sunday.
The Red Wings took game 1 against the NHL Playoffs odds at home over the Blackhawks with a 5-2 sports betting win as the game soared over the total of 5.5. Don't let the score fool you, however, as game 1 was far closer against the NHL Playoffs odds than that score indicates. The game was a tight 2-2 tie until the 7:31 mark of the third period when Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson scored to put the Wings ahead for good.
A minute and a half later Daniel Cleary sealed the deal for Detroit against the NHL Playoffs odds, sending the game over the total. Henrik Zetterberg then got a late empty net goal for Detroit to close out the scoring. Cleary had 2 goals while teammate Johan Franzen had a goal and 2 assists. Detroit carried the play against the NHL Playoffs odds as they outshot Chicago 43-32. Detroit netminder Chris Osgood stopped 30 shots in a stellar performance while Blackhawk goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves.
Detroit has carried a significant advantage over Chicago against the NHL Playoffs odds as a host at Joe Louis Arena as they have gotten the cash in 16 out of their last 21 games as a host to the Hawks. The chalk has beaten the NHL Playoffs odds in 6 out of the last 8 head to head meetings. The Blackhawks have gone over the total in 8 out of their last 11 games. Despite that game 1 loss Chicago has beaten the NHL Playoffs odds in 6 out of their last 9 games. Detroit has paid off gamblers in 7 out of their last 10 games.
The big question for game 2 will be Chicago's motivation to avoid a 0-2 hole against Detroit's historic home ice advantage.
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