The Chicago Blackhawks clash with the Detroit Red Wings once again tonight from the Motor City.
Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown to be played on February 17, 2021 in our Blackhawks vs. Red Wings betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Red Wings vs. Blackhawks Betting Preview
The surging Blackhawks enter this contest winners of six of their last eight games, the latest of which came once again in overtime in a 3-2 final against Detroit on Monday. Forward Dominik Kubalik scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the extra frame, his fourth and fifth tallies of the season.
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Backup goaltender Malcolm Subban made 27 saves on 29 shots faced to pick up his second win of the season. Detroit skated hard for the first two periods of the contest, outshooting the Hawks 20-17 during that span, but couldn’t pull it out late.
Of particular concern for Detroit is that its power-play unit has been held off the board in its last 26 opportunities spanning nine contests. Chicago, meanwhile, has scored a power-play goal in five of their last seven games.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings Odds
Here are the lines for Blackhawks vs. Red Wings at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Blackhawks (-1.5 +200); Red Wings (+1.5 +245)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (-127); Red Wings (+110)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-113)/Under 5.5 (-108)
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Bets We Like With a Red Wings Win
Dylan Larkin to Score a Goal Anytime (+210, DraftKings Sportsbook)
The young forward has four goals and five assists on the season, yet he hasn’t scored since playing against Florida back on January 31st. In 13 career games against the Blackhawks, Larkin has four goals and six assists. This Detroit team is offensively challenged as a whole, and their captain needs to change that narrative and snap his seven-game scoreless streak if the Wings wish to win this contest tonight. The talent remains and he’s certainly due, so this one is worth a look.
Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Blackhawks to Score First and Win the Game (YES +125, Draftkings Sportsbook)
Chicago is 5-0-1 this season when scoring first in a contest, while Detroit is 1-7-1 when conceding the first goal of a game. The Blackhawks will once again need to strike first and dictate the pace of play early in order to earn their fourth straight win over Detroit.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Full Game UNDER 5.5 Goals (-108, FanDuel Sportsbook)
Both clubs have been involved in their fair share of low-scoring games lately, with the Hawks going 8-3 to the under in their last 11 games. The Red Wings have gone under in five of their last seven contests. With the Blackhawks projected to start Kevin Lankinen, who has posted strong numbers in his rookie campaign, going 6-2-3 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .925% save percentage, I like for this one to be another grinding battle where goals come at a premium.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings Prediction
Chicago is continuing to play very solid hockey as of late, while Detroit can’t seem to get out of their own way, especially on offense. Look for the Blackhawks to continue their recent dominance in this matchup with a 3-1 road victory tonight.
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