Tonights NHL Picks February 18th 2015

1-0 again last night for 2.62 units, the Capitals defeated the Penguins for a third time this season, cashing another underdog winner for us.

It looked like Pittsburgh was going to score on the powerplay in the final minutes, after the questionable “goaltender interference” call on Brooks Laich with just two minutes left. Washington gained control of the puck and John Carlson fired one at the empty net from 100+ feet away to seal the deal with a 3-1 win.

One pick going again tonight, great odds on Detroit.


Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks: RED WINGS 2.59

Risk: 2 Units | Win: 3.18 Units (Members Only Pick)

This is a similar situation to the Capitals/Penguins game last night. Two teams that are close to even strength, one of them offers a significantly better payout. The Red Wings, like the Chicago Blackhawks, are one of the best in the NHL this season, currently ranked 10th in overall league standings with 72 points in 55 games this season. Note that every other team ahead of Detroit in the League standings has played more than 55 games, with the lone exception being the New York Rangers. The Red Wings are 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 72 points, Tampa Bay is second with 76 points but has four games on Detroit, a potential 8 points. The Habs lead the Atlantic with 78 points in 56 games. Both the Red Wings and Capitals have two of the top five defenses in the NHL, the Blackhawks rank 3rd on defense with 2.26 goals against per game, while Detroit has the 5th place spot with 2.42 goals against per game. Jimmy Howard has made two starts
since returning from his injury, his first full game back he allowed 4 goals on 38 shots against Winnipeg (.895 SV%) but allowed just 1 goal on 28 shots against the Habs on Monday, to finish that contest with a .964 save percentage. Howard will likely face the Blackhawks tonight as Crawford is confirmed, and is 16-8-8 on the season with a 2.11 GAA (third best goals against average in the League) and a .921 SV% (11th). The Red Wings have the best powerplay in the NHL at 26%, and are a sensational 34.5% on the man advantage over their last ten games. The Detroit offense ranks 9th overall with 2.87 goals per game, while Chicago ranks 8th beating Detroit by just 0.03 goals per game (2.90 G/G). The Blackhawks are scoring at about the same rate as the Red Wings, but they haven’t had quite as much success on the powerplay, as the Blackhawks are 13th overall with a 18.9 PP%. The Blackhawks do have the best penalty kill in the NHL at 87.9% but
they will face the best powerplay in the League tonight. The Red Wings rank 10th overall on the penalty kill at 83.0%. Corey Crawford has been confirmed for Chicago tonight and has a 2.26 GAA and a .922 SV%. That’s almost the exact save percentage that Howard has. The Red Wings open up a six game road trip tonight against the Blackhawks, the Wings lost three in a row and need to get back into the win column tonight. Detroit won 2/3 on the road on their last trip, shutting out the Avalanche 3-0, then defeating the Coyotes 3-1, before losing 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on the final game of their three game trip. This is a sensational price on the Red Wings tonight in a match that is far more even than these odds would indicate. Take this very generous price on Detroit tonight.